Other than houses and cars, home appliances are among the top purchases a consumer makes over the course of a lifetime. Here’s when it’s time for you to let go of your old appliance and make way for new ones. Refrain from using the “it’s not you, it’s me” line… we know it’s them.
Does the little door to the dishwasher’s dispenser really constitute a need to replace the entire appliance? If it’s over nine years old, it might be! These are also signs that you should look for a replacement: a broken door latch, rust, cracked body shell and the water isn’t draining and/or heating.
Is your refrigerator running? If it’s over 13 years old, it may not be for long. If you notice any changes in temperature, or if it doesn’t seem to run as efficiently, it may be time to start looking for a replacement.
Stoves can be put to good use anywhere from 13-15 years. Gas stoves last longer than their electric counterparts by 2-5 years, on average. Good, everyday care will help extend the useful life, such as cleaning the stove after every use and regularly checking the burners.
If repair estimates have you considering a new washing machine, you might consider investing in a new unit instead. This is especially true if your washer is over 10 years old. Be on the look out for issues with water not draining or a difference in the spin cycle.
According to consumer reports, dryers usually have a lifespan of 10-13 years. If you need multiple cycles for your clothes to dry, or it starts to make high pitched noises while running, it’s probably time to replace.
To Repair or Replace?
Typically, if a repair costs more than 50 percent of the price of replacing the appliance, it’s time to replace.