When to Repair And/Or Replace Home Appliances?

Whenever a home appliance breaks down, you’re faced with two options – you can either get it repaired or replace it with a new model. Often, most people don’t realize when they need to repair or replace. This makes you overspend on maintaining your age-old home appliances, at times significantly more than what you would incur if you choose to replace them with modern and cost-effective alternatives!

Every time you’re faced with this decision, go through the following questions to decide whether you need to repair or replace a home appliance. This will help you save your hard earned finances in the long run.

How Long Has It Been?

Almost every home appliance comes with a predefined average lifespan. You might be able to add a couple of years with timely repairs and maintenance. However, after this time, it is wiser to replace the appliance rather than to spend continuously on keeping it functional.

Here’s a chart that will help you decide according to the appliance and its age.

  • Refrigerators have a life expectancy of about 14 years
  •  Freezers – around 16 years
  •  Gas Ovens and Stoves – about 19 years
  •  Electric Ovens – about 16 years
  •  Microwave Ovens – around 9 years
  •  Dishwashers – about 12 years
  •  Washing Machines – about 12 years
  •  Dryers – about 13 years
  •  Garbage Disposals – around 13 years


You can use this information to decide when you need to pursue repairs or get the appliance replaced altogether. It is good to remember that most modern alternatives are likely to be energy-efficient, innovative, and cost-effective, helping you save down the line. You might be able to redeem greater benefits from the modern version of home appliances as compared with the older ones. This is also one of the most important factors you need to consider when making the decision.

How Often Does It Break?

If your home appliance seems to break down more often than it used to, it will be a good idea to replace it with modern counterparts. So when you conduct cost-benefit analysis, you’ll be able to justify your decisions in a better manner.

Are You Renovating?

According to the general rule of thumb, renovation is the perfect time to get rid of your old home appliances and bring in some of the newest gadgets available in the market. This does not only help you make the change you desire, it also enables you to update your house, improving efficiencies in completing home chores.

Is It Under Warranty?

Some companies offer 10 years of warranty of different appliances. Make sure you take out the manual and check it through to see if the warranty is still claimable. If it is, you can easily get your appliance replaced at no additional cost. This translates into higher benefits against the costs.

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9 thoughts on “When to Repair And/Or Replace Home Appliances?

  1. You mentioned that you might be able to add a couple of years with timely repairs and maintenance. When I came home from work and tried to start the dishwasher, it wouldn’t turn on. Are there certain appliances that are easier to repair than others? Finding a reputable appliance repair shop might be a good idea.

    1. It seems like appliances are getting more complicated every day! The technology is improving so quickly many manufacturers can change a model 2-3 times in a single year. Appliance technicians need to be more tech savvy every day. If you know a good apppliance tech, I would keep him close!

      Bryan Delmont
      General Manager

  2. I thought it was really interesting how the article mentions that most appliance have a predefined average lifespan. Our refrigerator has been making strange noises, but I know for a fact it’s nowhere near the limits of its lifespan. I don’t want to have to spend the money to replace it later if the problem is left unattended, so maybe I would be better off having an appliance repair service come look at it and decide if it can be repaired first.

  3. I like how you said that it’s possible to add a few years to the life of a machine with maintenance and taking care of it well. We have a refrigerator that has stopped working well since we moved into our new home but it’s fairly new so we hesitate to replace it. I think we’ll have to hire an appliance repair company to come and take a look at it for us to see if there’s anything we can do to fix it.

  4. I like how you said that you might be able to add a few years with timely appliance repair and maintenance. This could probably help you save lots of money as appliances seem to get more and more expensive as technology advances. At the very least it would be good to get a second opinion on whether or not you should replace by talking to a professional who would know if anything could be done to keep your things working well.

  5. I’m really glad that you talked about the lifespan of different appliances, and to consider that when you’re thinking about repair or replacement. We’re having issues with our washing machine, and I think that we’ve only had it for about 7 years, so getting a repair would probably be a good option for us. Hopefully a quick repair can keep in running for another 5 years or more, and we won’t have to invest too much more into keeping it alive! Thanks for the help!

  6. Hello Admain,
    Thank you to write such an amazing post. Although I am not an expert to repair any home appliances but sometimes I try myself.
    Would you please write something about necessary tools like multimitere that I need to repair my appliances.


  7. Nice article. Worth reading. Repair or Replace an appliance is a very hard choice to make. But I think before replacing any appliance it is wiser to take some advice from an expert about its condition. It will really help you to take the right decision.

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