When a washer, dryer, refrigerator, or microwave breaks down, one of people’s first instincts is to rush out and buy a new one. It’s only natural– a broken appliance is a huge convenience, and buying a new one can seem like the smartest way to address the problem quickly.
However, we tell people all the time that they can save a large amount of money by simply repairing appliances and using them for longer than buying new ones. Salesmen may try to tell you otherwise, but more often than not, an older appliance is worth keeping around. Better yet, our responsive and experienced service technicians mean your appliance can be repaired in no time.
Below are some of the most common reasons why many people think they need to replace their appliances, and why it’s usually best to repair:
Newer models are probably more energy efficient. It’s true: energy efficiency has increased for a large number of appliances in the past few decades. However, the energy efficiency in many new appliances is often a very small degree difference. The savings you receive from a new appliance with better energy efficiency are often not even close to the cost of buying one. For example, buying a new dishwasher will probably only net you about $8 a year in energy savings. Similarly, energy efficiency in dryers hasn’t increased at all for years. In sum, you can save money by repairing most appliances rather than replacing them.
Buying a new model won’t be that expensive. It’s important to keep in mind that the cost of appliances goes past the price tag on the new model. New fridges or stoves may not fit into existing spaces, requiring remodeling of cabinetry. Upgrading from a gas stove to a new model also may necessitate upgrading or adding new electrical wiring.
It’s old! Newer models are probably just better. Sure, we all know how appealing the shiny new models can look. It can also be easy to convince yourself that newer appliances will justify their cost by cleaning better or running faster. But if you want to save money, there’s no better bet than keeping an appliance running as long as possible. More often than not, repairs and regular maintenance can keep your appliances running for ten years or even longer!
The takeaway? Always look into repairs before replacing. Call Doc’s Appliance Services for a fast, friendly, and expert response to whatever problem you’re having. Give us a call today!