Owning a washer and dryer is a must-have since the average American family does four to five loads of laundry every week. Add to that towels and linens and it makes for a busy week for someone in the home. When a washer or dryer breaks, it leads to a familiar question: how can you tell if a repair is better than a replacement? Here are a few things to consider when deciding to repair your washer and dryer.
- What Will It Cost For Parts and Labor Fees?
Costs are always something you should consider after a technician identifies the problem and makes you aware of the repair options. Average washer repair costs run as low as $120.00 but it may be as high as $500. Dryer repairs are generally between $100 and $400.
- Is it cost-effective to repair your appliance?
- What is the value of the replacement? If it is cheaper to repair, you should consider this as a viable cost-effective option.
Tip: You might consider routine maintenance to reduce the need for repairs and extend the life of your appliances.
- How Old Are My Washer And Dryer?
Washers and dryers typically last about fourteen years depending on the quality of the model you own. If your appliances break down after only a few years, it is a good indication that the cost of a repair will be much cheaper than the price to replace them.
Tip: Remove clothes right after washing to prevent the build-up of mold and mildew. You should also clean your filters to ensure that your washer and dryer run at their highest capacity. You should opt for maintenance checks to ensure that there are no issues as your appliances age.
- What Does A New Appliance Cost?
The costs for a new washer and dryer set is between $450 and $3,825. For washer and dryer combos, the average price is $1300. An all-in-one electric combo washer and dryer will cost on average about $1700. For gas appliances, it will also cost about $150 more than electrical ones.
Tip: Research to compare the cost of a repair or replacement. It will help you establish the feasibility to fix it. If you have had no previous repairs, the value of the repair makes sense. If they are more than a decade old, you should think about if the price is worth a few more years of usage.
Issues that are cheaper to repair include slow water fill that requires a new water valve. It will cost between $25 and $60. If your dryer is overheating, you might need a new thermal fuse and a vent cleaning. The parts can cost only $10 to $25.
You can count on CS Appliance Service for your washer dryer repair needs. Our experienced technicians will consult with you about costs so that you have the information to make critical decisions. Call us at (781) 953-9600 or contact us on Facebook to schedule a maintenance or service repair appointment.