Do you need to replace a refrigerator, a washer, a water heater, or another appliance in your home? Sorry to hear that! It’s always an extra expense that you didn’t include in your budget. Because you depend on these machines for necessary functions in your home, it’s tempting to buy the first thing that seems to meet your immediate needs while not wiping out your bank account.
Do a little research, and consider longer-term plans for your home and family may save you, not only some time and money but also lighten your environmental impact.
Here are five tips that you’ll want to keep in mind:
1. How old is the appliance you’re going to replace?
If you’re deciding when to replace appliances, you can apply the 50 percent rule to the age of it as well as the cost of repairing them. That would mean replacing it passes the halfway point through its expected lifespan and that it needs repair work which is more than half its original cost. Even if you are all about the DIY craze, consider that there are some home repairs you should never do yourself.
How old is too old?
If you’re considering replacing or buying an appliance, use the average lifespan as a good reference point. According to HouseLogic, the average lifespan (in years) of common major household appliances is:
- Freezer: 11
- Gas range: 15
- Microwave: 9
- Range hood: 14
- Refrigerator: 13
- Washer: 10
- Compactor: 6
- Dishwasher: 9
- Disposal: 12
- Dryer: 13
- Electric range: 13
- Exhaust fan: 10
The lifespan of household appliances varies based on their usage and maintenance. For example, a single person’s washing machine will typically last longer than a family’s because it will be used much less.
Consider if it is still under warranty and how many times you’ve run into trouble with it. If it’s less than a year old, it probably still has a warranty covering parts and labor, so getting it repaired could cost you nothing.
Even if your warranty has expired, you may not want to ditch an appliance the first time something goes wrong. But if it has broken down repeatedly over the last few years, it may be time to say goodbye and consider a replacement.
2. Does your choice fit your lifestyle?
Do you have a large family? Is it child-friendly? Do you buy food in bulk? These are the things that you consider before purchasing a new appliance. Make sure it will suit your lifestyle. For instance, a washing machine that offers large loads of laundry for your large family.
If you want to save energy, you can hire a professional house cleaning service that offers to do the laundry.
3. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
The yellow and black label attached to all appliances is a useful tool for estimating how much will it cost to operate.
Appliances draw out a small amount of standby power when they are switched off but still plugged in. These are called “phantom loads” that occur in most appliances such as televisions, computers, stereos, and kitchen appliances.
They will increase the appliance energy consumption a few watt-hours, and you can use a monitor to estimate those too. These loads can be avoided by unplugging it or using a power strip to cut all power to the appliance.
4. Will it fit into your home and budget?
Before you swipe your card, make sure your appliance fits—in your home and your budget. Measure the space where it’ll go. For a 32-inch opening, get an appliance no more extensive than 31.5 inches.
As for its price, get the model number and call five of your local, independent stores. Tell them you’re on the hunt looking for the best deal there is. They’ll often give you a quote below the advertised price.
5. Does it have warranties?
When you’re at the end of your purchasing journey, a salesperson may try to sell you extra protection, called a service contract, in case something goes wrong.
But all appliances come with a warranty. With your new refrigerator, you’ll have a one-year warranty and an extended five-year one on the sealed system. When it comes to service contracts, read the fine print to ensure that you’re not doubling up.
In choosing whether to repair or replace appliances is up to you, but you can check this list before you decide. It may help you ensure you spend your money wisely and get the results you value most. We hope these question helped you in buying your appliance.
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