is National Home Improvement Month
Kick it off by fixing up your appliances
or replace that broken appliance?
The RepairGuru helps you decide.
the following questions when deciding whether
to replace or repair an appliance:
1. How old
is the appliance?
Rule of thumb: If a repair will cost more
than half the cost of a new appliance, and
the unit is more than six or seven years
old, you should consider replacing it altogether.
What would a similar appliance cost?
Some types of appliances have gone down
in price over the past ten years. It's good
to check on new prices before putting a
lot of money into an old unit.
Are there hidden costs? Removal? Installation?
These fees can quickly make a good deal
much more expensive. If the appliance has
Freon in it, the disposal of the Freon will
be expensive. Be sure to check with your
local waste disposal organization.
How difficult is it to replace the appliance?
Even if it isn't built in, will you have
to remove doors, railings, etc. in order
to get the appliance out of the basement
or other part of the house?
What energy savings will you get with the
Some appliances, such as refrigerators,
freezers, front-load washers and dishwashers,
can save a significant amount of energy.
Others, such as stoves, ovens, dryers and
ice makers, don't change much in energy
usage over the years.
What additional features will you get with
the new appliance?
Some features will give you greater flexibility
and convenience and should be added to the
value of a new appliance. However, don't
give value to features you know you won't
ever use. It might be nice that a washer
has 20 water level settings, but few people
ever use more than three.
people throw away appliances because they
don't know a repairperson they trust. They
also fear the repair cost will be so high
they'll wish they had just replaced the
75% of the cost of repairing an appliance
is in the labor and related charges, and
only 25% of the cost is in the parts, many
people can repair appliances themselves
and save a significant amount of time, money
general, appliances last between 12 and
14 years. However, many appliances last
for more than 30 years. If your appliance
has been troublesome, you might consider
replacing it when it needs an expensive
repair. However, if you've had 10 years
of good service from an appliance, and it's
in good condition, it may be well worth
it to invest some time and money for a repair.
coming. Is your air conditioner ready?
To get your
air conditioner running smoothly, replace
the unit's air filter and clean it once a
month during use. Use our PartDetective
to locate and order the filter you need.
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