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Broken Appliance: Repair or Replace?

Kitchen appliances are a major financial investment, and when one of your appliances has been underperforming or is no longer working, it can be tough to decide whether to repair or replace it. There are several variables to consider before you make your final decision based on your individual needs and circumstances, including whether you are wanting to upgrade your appliances as part of your kitchen remodel or renovation. The team of professionals at Mr. Appliance® have assembled a series of helpful questions to ask yourself to assist with the process, and help you see whether appliance repair or replacement is in your future.

1. What is the age of the appliance?

The average lifespan of an appliance varies depending on the type:

  • Refrigerator - 10 to 13 years
  • Electric range - 10 to 13 years
  • Gas range - 12 to 15 years
  • Dishwasher - 7 to 10 years
  • Freezer - 8 to 11 years
  • Microwave - 7 to 10 years

As your appliances approach or surpass their life expectancy, it becomes less cost effective to perform major repairs. As appliance technology continues to advance, you will likely save more on the cost of energy by replacing an older model with a newer, more energy efficient design.

2. How much longer do you intend to live in your home?

Are you renovating with the intention of staying, or selling? Do you plan on moving within the next one to two years? With a broken appliance, repair or replace are your only two options, but just how much you're willing to invest in your kitchen should depend on your future plans.

3. Can you match the unit to your other appliances?

Mismatched appliances are unappealing to many homeowners and home buyers. Although you may be tempted to replace only one part of a set, you may be better off to wait until the other appliances reach the end of their usable lifespans and replace them all at the same time.

4. Is the appliance in question still under warranty?

If your appliance is still under warranty you may be able to complete the repair, or replace the unit at no cost to you. While most manufacturer's offer a standard 12 month warranty, you can use our handy guide to determine whether or not you may be covered.

5. Is this the first time for a repair?

Frequent or costly repairs are a sign that it's time to replace the appliance, as the likelihood of another repair is high. Consider the 50 percent rule: If the cost of the repair is more than half of the value of a new appliance, consider replacing it.

6. How do you use your kitchen?

Do you cook or entertain often, or do you use your kitchen infrequently? Appliance repair may make more sense for those who rarely use them, as the unit will remain in new condition much longer than one that receives daily use. If you've always dreamed of a chef's kitchen, investing in the latest technology may be the right choice for you and your family.

7. Do you qualify for any tax rebates or deductions?

Replacing your old, inefficient appliances with energy efficient alternatives may qualify you for federal tax credits or other financial incentives.

Schedule Expert Appliance Repair

Contact your local Mr. Appliance today, for expert appliance repair or replace services that you can trust. Schedule your appointment online, or call 888-998-2011 for dependable, quality results from our team of experienced, knowledgeable professionals.