Appliances - Repair or Replace?
As property managers we spend a lot of time deciding whether to repair or replace household appliances. Most of these devices are in the kitchen — dishwasher, range, refrigerator, microwave, and garbage disposal. But a couple — the washer and dryer — are usually in the laundry room.
The decision whether to repair or replace depends on two primary factors:
- Nature of problem
Age of Appliance
Appliances tend to be 'fashion' oriented. You can often determine the age of an appliance by its look. Many of us remember the fashionable avocado green and gold appliances of the 60's and 70's. By the 1980's manufacturers had switched to standard white appliances, sometimes highlighted with black or gold. By the 90's we were into pure white, and by the turn of the century stainless steel became the fashion.
If an appliance is getting old then it is usually worth replacing. However, if it is within 5-7 years new then repair can be an option, depending on the second factor.
Nature of problem
Some problems are easily remedied, and others are more complicated and/or expensive. For instance, the discharge pump on a dishwasher is easily replaced. In contrast, when the cooling coils of a refrigerator go out it is usually not worth repairing them. Control boards are another instance where it is often worth throwing the appliance away and starting over.
It takes a knowledgeable handyman, and plenty of experience to make the right decision. We are fortunate to have only the best handymen on staff.
Follow the links below to help you find more information on the appliance you are interested in. We also have an interesting article on appliance repair.
Therefore, consider age and the nature of the problem before running out and replacing an appliance.