Repair Your Old Appliances Before You Replace Them

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!

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9 comments on “Repair Your Old Appliances Before You Replace Them
  1. You make a good point that the price of a new appliance is more than just what the process is. My sister has been thinking about getting a new dryer for her home. I will be sure to send this article to her so she can know if she should replace it or get it repaired.

  2. I liked that you said that one reason to consider purchasing new appliances to have installed in your home is that they are capable of saving energy and money on your utility bill. I have been thinking about buying new appliances for my home before I move to increase the value of my home but I didn’t realize that doing this now would help me save money on my utility bill. I will be sure to consider hiring a professional to install new appliances for me as a way to help me save money in the meantime.

  3. I like how you said that appliance repairs are really nice because they can help you save money by not worrying about buying a new appliance or readjusting your kitchen space. Having the money in your pocket would allow you to invest it in something else. That way you could keep your appliances running longer and then repair other appliances as well with the money you save.

  4. I realized that when you said I can save money by repairing most appliances that I shouldn’t throw them away unless they’re too damaged to function anymore. Since you did mention that it’s important to keep in mind that the cost of appliance goes past the price tag of the new model, it made me think that keeping my dishwasher around for a few more years while I save up for a kitchen renovation is more cost-effective. I do agree that there is no better way to save money than keeping an appliance running as long as possible as you suggest so I’ll look into some services and try to get them serviced while they’re still functional.

  5. Michael Lee says:

    At home we have an old Okeefe and Merritt stove that is struggling to work. My wife and I want to try and get it repaired before we try and replace it. It is a beautiful stove and I want to keep it working as long as possible and like you said, it will probably be cheaper this way.

  6. It’ll be nice to repair our washer instead of replacing it. Like you said, we may have to do some remodeling to fit one of the larger new machines, and we can’t afford that. It’ll be easier to hire someone to repair it.

  7. I like how you said that new models are only slightly better than old ones. Getting a washer repair would be a better idea because it would save you money in the short term and probably a little in the long term as well. That way you don’t have to worry about learning how to use a new machine either.

  8. Kylie Dotts says:

    I like how you said that you could save a good bit of money if you are willing to hire an appliance service and repair your old machines. My husband and I have been carrying around a number of appliances that we got when we were first married. They have lasted this long, so it makes sense that repairing them would help keep them going a little longer.

  9. Rick Smith says:

    Nice and informative article. Thanks for sharing the information with us. It was worth reading.

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