Ok not really. This is actually an article about whether you should repair or replace your appliances. But that sounded too boring, and you’re reading aren’t you? And who knows, maybe some of my pointers will get you that new, state of the art (or ridiculous, depending on who you are) dishwasher that’s hidden in the wall! Hey, a girl can dream. Anyway, on to the real story.
My house is overflowing with toys. We no longer have a dining room, as it is now a toy room. When we moved into our house, we had great plans for a basement with a bar and a pool table and just a general hangout for adults. We have the pool table, but it is just taking up space that the toys could be using. You would think that we would look around and realize that our boys do not need more toys! But no. As they get older and their interests change, it is so hard not to provide them with toys that will put a big smile on their face and introduce them to new learning opportunities. And let’s face it, that never changes! I love toys too. Just different kinds of toys. Furniture, dishwashers, refrigerators, mattresses, etc. are the toys I am interested in now.
Unfortunately, I cannot run to the secondhand store and buy one of those things for two dollars. Buying the larger items requires a much more involved thought process, and the question of whether the item could just be repaired rather than replaced. I will admit that if it were up to me, I would go straight for the replace option. There is always a newer, fancier model available and I always want it! However, my husband has to be the sensible one in these matters, so we typically look at all options before jumping in with a new purchase. If you are in a similar situation, here are some helpful tips to follow:
- If a repair will cost more than half of the new item and your current item is more than 6 or 7 years old, it’s time to buy new (yay!)
- The National Association of Home Builders provides the following estimates for the longevity of common household appliances:
- Dishwasher – 9 years
- Refrigerator – 13 years
- Freezer – 11 years
- Kitchen range/oven (gas) – 15 years
- Washing machine – 10 years
- Dryer – 13 years
(If you have 1 minute and 27 seconds to spare, I would recommend watching this. It will put a smile on your face):
Sometimes, you might think the appliance simply needs repairing. In that case, you’ll want to ask yourself a few helpful questions.
- Is it really broken?
- Is it under warranty?
- Have you had trouble before?
- What would a similar appliance cost?
- Would a new appliance have additional features? (In my opinion, the answer to this question is always YES!)
- Would a new appliance provide energy savings?
And if all else fails, ask an expert! Find a reputable technician and they will let you know if you can simply repair, or if your item requires replacement. And if you decide to purchase new, I always recommend checking Amazon reviews. Even if you aren’t purchasing there, it’s a great place to check out what other people think of an item. People even leave reviews on Amazon when they’ve purchased the item in the store!
In the end, the most important thing is that you do what is right for you and your family. Determine what you can afford and which option will fit best into your budget, research all options and speak to a professional for the most accurate assessment!