Have Appliance Problems? When to Repair vs Replace

Even the best appliances will eventually experience issues. When that happens, the biggest question in a homeowner’s mind is what comes next. Are you experiencing appliance problems in your Leesburg, Florida, home? Follow these steps to make the smart choice.

Compare the Appliance’s Age to Its Projected Lifespan

Figure out your appliance’s age and its average lifespan. Your appliance’s longevity depends on the specific model and how well you maintain it.

In general, most appliances come with a projected lifespan of around 10 years. Here are a few common appliances and their average lifespans:

  • Dishwashers: Nine to 13 years
  • Dryers: 10 to 13 years
  • Stoves: 13 to 15 years
  • Freezers: 11 years
  • Microwaves: Nine to 10 years
  • Refrigerators: 14 to 17 years
  • Washers: 10 to 14 years

As your appliance approaches the end of its projected lifespan, replacement becomes a better option than repair.

Estimate How Much the Repair Will Cost

Assuming your appliance is still relatively young, the next step is comparing the cost of repair to the cost of replacement. Some types of repairs are inherently more expensive than others, depending on what’s broken. You may be better off replacing a smoking dryer or rusted oven, for instance. Similarly, a washer that won’t spin or a broken refrigerator compressor typically requires an expensive repair.

Other repairs are simpler and more worthwhile. Replacing a fan motor, water valve, or thermal fuse, for instance, will cost much less than buying a new appliance. Generally, if repairs will cost less than half of what you would spend on a new appliance, then a repair is the wiser choice.

If you have encountered appliance problems, DeSantis Appliance & AC Service Inc. is here to meet all your appliance repair needs. Give us a call at (352) 414-2328. We service all major appliance types, including washers, dryers, stoves, refrigerators, and more.

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