At one point as a homeowner, you have to deal with the question, ‘is it time to replace this appliance?’. In some cases, the appliance requires a visit to the repairman. But, if your appliances break down regularly or it compromises the safety of your family, get a new one. Some appliances may get damaged and start sparking which might result in a fire. From a milder perspective, your dinner may end up uncooked or burning in a faulty oven. None of these is desirable. In this article, we look into some of the tips for replacing an appliance.
Here are 5 Tips
Extent of damage
You know it is time to replace your appliances when they start showing extreme signs of damage. Here are some of the ways to know when you need to replace several appliances;
You need to replace the dishwasher if you notice that its inner elements are developing rust. Also, if there is stagnant water in the base or water leaking from any of the connections, you might have to buy a new one. Other signs include a faulty door or if the dishes are still unclean.
After cleaning the vent duct and lint trap, your dryer should turn on and not stop mid-cycle. It should dry up the clothes, and have no strange sounds. If not, you should seek a replacement. A simple fix such as clearing the dryer duct should get it back on track. If there are lingering issues, they may affect its efficiency. It might also raise a safety concern prompting you to buy a new one.
Replace your refrigerator when it packs too much frost in the freezer or doesn’t keep your food anymore. These are signs of inefficiencies and if it makes odd sounds, it is a sign the motor is about to fail.
If you notice uneven warming or cooking of food or rust in the interior, you may have to buy a new one. Also, if the oven door has a crack and the heating takes longer than usual, it’s better to find a replacement.
If your washing machine leaves stagnant water in the basin it’s time to replace it. The same applies if it makes loud noises with an unbalanced cycle motion. You can try fixing the laundry’s balance in the load but if it doesn’t work, buy a new one.
The cost of repair is higher than the buying price
Statistics state that appliances last for about 10-15 years. But, they base this on when people make a replacement and not on their actual length of service. Most people will push an appliance to work, trying all sorts of reparations possible. The rule of thumb is if the repair cost is higher than the buying price, buy a new one.
With that said, let’s look at the top 5 tips for appliance replacement.
Find a deal
If you are not in a hurry, wait for the sale especially on holiday weekends. Or when the store introduces a new model, as the old ones sell at a discount. In most cases, choose the previous year’s model as it has no huge difference from the current. You do not have to pay extra for a feature you don’t think of or need. Note that prices vary from retailer to retailer. Shop around and negotiate for a better quote. Do not forget to ask about any hidden costs such as delivery, removal, and installation fees.
At the current state of the world, energy consumption should be a big aspect to factor in. Consider low energy-consuming appliances. This will not only be good for the environment but it will also save on your bill. Look for the energy labels and energy star rebates to get all the info related to energy consumption.
Check whether the appliance requires extra equipment to work with
The technicians at Hartman’s Appliance Repair say that certain appliances require additional equipment for them to function properly. Some of the equipment might include vents and exhaust fans for a dryer or a certain cooktop. Also, if you want to replace your washer for your upstairs laundry room, ensure that the floor can support the washer. Besides, it’s important to make sure that you get a drain tub for your washer, especially if you have an upstairs laundry room—as water can cause costly damage to your floor, as well as the rooms below.
Set a budget
This might seem so obvious when planning to replace your appliances. However, most people find themselves attracted to the most beautiful and costly appliances the moment they see them. That’s why you need to set a clear budget in advance to protect yourself against this temptation.
Also, if you are looking to replace all your kitchen appliances, some dealers offer discount packages for the oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and hood. Although this might not give you the flexibility you need if you are looking for specific features in each appliance, it can save you money. Besides, you will end up with matching appliances in your kitchen.
Find out what other people are saying about that appliance
Whether you are reading online reviews, or you’ve heard your friend complaining about their noisy air conditioner or dryer, never ignore what other people say about an appliance that you want to buy. So, when planning to replace your appliances, ask your friends and family what they like and don’t like about their appliances. If possible, take some time to check out these appliances. Other than that, you can research more about these appliances online—there are tons of resources that can give you valuable insights about the appliances that you want to purchase.