Aug 022013
 

One of the most common questions we get asked here at Global Appliance Service: “Is it better to repair my appliance, or just buy a new one?”

The rule of thumb in appliance repair is if that if the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a new appliance, it’s better to buy a new one. However, there are other factors to consider as well. After all, a new appliance is an investment, and it doesn’t come cheap. Here are some tips to help you decide:

    1. Cost – If all else fails, stick to the rule that if the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new appliance, make the investment.
    2. Current Condition – Do you live near the ocean? Like most of us here in Southern California, your appliances will not last as long as someone who lives inland. The wear and tear of the salty air can rust through appliance parts and surfaces, shortening their life span significantly. Make sure to take the condition of your appliance into account when deciding whether to repair or replace.
    3. Maintenance – An appliance is only as good as its owner and most appliances require regular maintenance to properly function. Keep an eye out for more tips on how to maintain your common household appliances.
    4. Life Expectancy – Though every appliance is unique, most appliances have an average life expectancy. Taking into account other factors, such as current condition and maintenance, take a look at the table below to find where your appliance sits:
    • Life Expectancy for Major Home Appliances

      Life Expectancy (Years)
      Low High Average
      Microwaves

      5

      10

      8

      Ranges, electric

      13

      20

      16

      Ranges, gas

      15

      23

      19

      Ranges, hoods

      9

      19

      14

      Refrigerators, compact

      4

      12

      8

      Refrigerators, standard

      10

      18

      14

      Water heaters, electric

      6

      21

      14

      Water heaters, gas

      5

      13

      9

      Washers

      8

      16

      12

      Dryers, electric

      11

      18

      14

      Dryers, gas

      11

      16

      13

      Dishwashers

      9

      16

      12

      Food waste disposers

      10

      15

      13

      Freezers

      12

      20

      16

      Compactors

      7

      12

      11