When it comes to handling an appliance that isn’t working properly, it’s important to consider the pros and cons of repairing it versus completely replacing it. Appliances are some of the most expensive single investments you may make in your home. Many people have reservations about paying a repair company and would rather rush to fix the problem with a new appliance, but such drastic measures aren’t always necessary. Repair can save you a significant amount of money in comparison to replacing the appliance, depending on what is causing the performance problem. A skilled professional appliance service like CS Appliance Service can diagnose and treat the issue promptly and efficiently.
While your dishwasher, oven, and fridge can generally be expected to last about ten years, their actual lifespan depends on manufacturing quality, general maintenance, and frequency of use. Proper appliance maintenance alone can significantly extend the lifespan of most appliances. This means cleaning them regularly and having them inspected at the first sign of trouble.
Considering Appliance Repair
Many people are wary about calling an outside technician when their appliances develop problems. Usually, this is due to valid worries about high unnecessary costs, aggressive selling tactics, or inconvenient service times. However, this makes up a small percentage of actual appliance repair companies. By searching around and relying on reviews and other positive customer feedback for a company, you can choose a professional repair service like CS Appliance Service that will not waste your time or money.
If the repairs are minimal, such as a thermostat on your stove or another small part that needs to be swapped out, repair should be your top option. These problems can usually be fixed quickly with minimal downtime for the appliance. An appliance technician takes any potential guesswork out. They will know which parts need to be replaced, if any, and can order them if necessary.
If your appliance has a general history of solid performance, then it’s definitely worth considering repairs. The last thing you want is to pay money out for a service call just to have to repeat the process again a few months down the line. This can get expensive fast. If you’re going to invest money in professional repairs, you want them to be worth it. If an appliance repair company is above board, the technician themselves might recommend replacing the appliance if it is significantly more cost-effective than the potential repairs.
Should You Replace Your Appliance?
To determine whether you should skip the repairs and replace your appliance instead, there are many factors to consider. Is this the first repair or one of several? How old is the appliance? One of the biggest reasons to replace instead of repair your kitchen appliance is whether or not the cost of repairs would be too expensive to justify. Usually the rule is if the repairs would cost more than 50% of the cost of a new appliance and you can afford the difference, it’s best to invest in the new one.
If energy efficiency is a priority for your household, upgrading to a new appliance or even replacing all of those in your kitchen is an important consideration if you can afford it. Although it costs a sizeable chunk of cash up front, the energy savings you will experience with new appliances will make up for it quickly as the months pass.
If you’re still not sure whether you should repair or replace your appliance, especially if you haven’t pinpointed the cause of your appliance’s problem, then you should call in a professional repair company for an assessment. It may be more expensive than trying to diagnose the issue yourself, but it will be worth it in the long run to know what the problem is and what steps need to be taken to fix it.
CS Appliance Service does our very best to determine the most cost-effective solutions to your appliance repair needs, including offering honest estimates. If your oven, refrigerator, or dishwasher has quit on you or is operating poorly, give our team a call to discuss the problem so we can assist you in solving it. Reach us at 781-953-9600 and be sure to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CSApplianceService/ for more information on appliance maintenance and repair.