If one of your appliances breaks down in Tacoma, WA, you may find yourself at a loss. What should you do now? Do you call a repairman, who may quote you a repair that costs almost as much as the unit is worth to replace? Or do you simply save time and money on what could become multiple repairs in the future and just lay the money out now for a brand-new appliance?
Why not let the professionals at Top Shelf Appliance Service take a look? We have years of experience repairing all makes and models of malfunctioning appliances in the Tacoma area, and we will gladly take a look at yours to see what we can do.
Make Sure It’s Actually Broken
A lot of times, people think their appliances are broken when really there is some other kind of issue going on. For instance, you may have had a power outage in the middle of the night while you were sleeping, which could explain why your electric stove is not working. Or your air conditioner may be refusing to work because its filter is dirty and needs cleaning.
And, of course, always make sure the appliance is plugged in! It seems like common sense, but you would be surprised to learn how many people think their appliances are broken when they are actually unplugged. The dog may have unplugged it while running around, or the kids may have accidentally unplugged it while playing. Or, simply enough, you may have forgotten to plug it in before using it. It’s okay, life’s busy – it happens to all of us!
A good rule of thumb to follow when it comes to the “repair or replace” question is to keep track of the typical life expectancy of your appliances. For your reference, here is a handy-dandy chart to rely on upon purchasing a new appliance:
- Dishwasher: 9 years
- Dryer: 13 years
- Freezer: 11 years
- Gas stove/oven: 15 years
- Refrigerator: 13 years
- Washing machine: 10 years
If your freezer is on the fritz, for example, think back on when you purchased it. If it was about 5 years ago, then you can probably repair it without having to worry about spending any money on it again in the near future. However, if its life is closer to the 10-year mark, then it may just be time to replace it.
When You Have No Choice
Sometimes the age or popularity (or lack thereof) of your appliance makes the decision for you. For instance, the manufacturer may no longer make the part that you need in order to fix your appliance.
If this is the case, then you need to purchase a replacement appliance because it would either be impossible to fix your current appliance, or it would cost you twice as much for the part, and that’s just not worth it. In the end, you’ll probably only get a couple more years out of the appliance anyway.
Consider Additional Features
If it has been a while since you purchased the appliance in question, consider the features that have come out in the years since you purchased your unit and ask yourself if it’s time for an upgrade.
For example, over the years, manufacturers have updated washing machines to play a little tune when the wash is complete. This can be incredibly helpful if you often put a load of laundry on and forget you ever did, which results in your needing to wash that same load again. This is a waste of time, energy, and resources, like soap, water, and electricity. Sometimes, bells and whistles can make life a whole lot easier, and so it is worth it for you to consider them.
This is a big one. Energy-efficient appliances have grown exponentially in recent years, and for good reason. Not only is saving energy good for you and your electric bill, but it’s also good for the environment. While they don’t “make things like they used to,” manufacturers were in the right to create lighter appliances that do not require as much energy to power.
You might consider it a good thing that your appliance broke down because it gives you the chance to upgrade something you might have otherwise chosen to upgrade years ago, had you known about the efficiency of the newer machines.
Same-Day Repair Services in Tacoma, WA
Here at Top Shelf Appliance Service, we have over 12 years of experience fixing everything from refrigerators, washers, and dryers to ovens, dishwashers, and other major kitchen appliances in the Tacoma, WA area. You may have heard the phrase “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Well, if it is broken, chances are good that we can fix it!
We have the experience and equipment necessary to repair and replace everything from faulty parts to wiring issues. So if you’re in need of an appliance repair company, give us a call at 253-486-9072, or fill out our online contact form. We can provide you with immediate, same-day service, so let’s get started!