If you’re wondering whether you should repair or replace your existing appliance in Washington, it all boils down to two things: whether the issue you have is fixable for a reasonable price, and how old your appliance is. Generally speaking, the lifespan of an appliance all depends on the kind of appliance you have.
For instance, if you have a high-quality refrigerator, you can expect to get anywhere from 10 to 20 years out of that machine. A high-quality washing machine, on the other end, shouldn’t last longer than 8 years.
If your machine is older than the average lifespan the manufacturer gives it, then it may make more sense for you to spend money on an upgrade, rather than pouring money into an older model. Here is a list of lifespans for some of the more common household appliances. Keep in mind, these lifespans are for the more high-end appliances, not the inexpensive ones:
- Dishwasher: 9 yrs.
- Dryer: 13 yrs.
- Electric stove: 13 yrs.
- Freezer: 11 yrs.
- Gas stove: 15 yrs.
- Microwave: 9 yrs.
- Refrigerator: 13 yrs.
- Washing machine: 10 yrs.
If, however, your appliance is not that old, and you think the issue you are having is relatively simple and easy to fix, then don’t hesitate to give our team at Top Shelf Appliance a call. You can reach us at (253) 444-4786, and we’ll take a look at your appliance and let you know whether it’s time to throw in the towel, or whether it just requires a quick and easy fix.
Why Fix an Appliance?
Something important to remember with appliances, in general, is that, just because one part of the appliance fails, that does not mean the entire machine has become a paperweight. If the machine is young enough that a repair makes sense, then you should absolutely go for the repair to improve the performance of the machine and to extend its life.
However, in some cases, particularly with older models of appliances, repairs can be just as expensive as a replacement – even for newer models of appliances. Why? Because if the manufacturer stops making the same part that just broke down in your dishwasher, for instance, then it’s going to cost your repairman more to obtain that part, which will ultimately cost you more in the long run.
So while you may not be ready to say goodbye to an appliance that’s only four years old, in certain circumstances it may certainly be the more financially responsible thing to do.
Why Replace an Appliance?
Sometimes people replace an appliance for reasons other than it is broken and can no longer function. Sometimes people move and want all new appliances in their new home. Or sometimes people are just tired of dealing with an oven, for example, that still works, but that isn’t a top-of-the-line model with all the bells and whistles of newer models.
While it may sound like a waste of money to replace an appliance that still works, it actually may be a smart move on your part. Today, companies are constantly looking for ways to make appliances more energy-efficient, which saves you money on your utility bill while getting a similar (or better) quality performance out of that appliance.
So, while it might not have made as much sense to replace a perfectly working appliance back when your parents were young, today’s technology has made such a practice sensible.
Another reason to replace an appliance is that you can see impending doom, even if it hasn’t hit yet. For instance, has your water heater developed a leak? Is your oven rusty in certain areas? While the appliance may still work perfectly fine now, these kinds of signs hint to you that you should really start budgeting for a new appliance sooner rather than later.
Need an Appliance Repaired or Replaced? Top Shelf Appliance Can Help in Either Case!
You definitely shouldn’t be pouring money into an appliance that is close to or has surpassed its prospective lifespan. Check the projected lifespan with the manufacturer, and if you’re close to or past that date, then it’s time to purchase brand new.
If, however, your appliance is young and giving you a little trouble, this should be easy enough to fix without worrying about pouring thousands of dollars into an appliance that won’t last much longer than a couple of years.
In either case, Top Shelf Appliance can help. With over 10 years’ experience fixing and replacing all makes and models of every appliance imaginable, we can recommend and install brand new appliances for you based on your home and lifestyle. If, however, you don’t need a replacement – no problem. We can fix your appliance for you so quickly, it’ll feel like you never had a problem with it in the first place!
Simply give us a call at (253) 444-4786 or submit your information via our online contact form to get started. If you need an appliance looked at, don’t wait – call Top Shelf today!