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Repair vs Replacement?

 

One of the most common questions we get asked here at RKS: “Is it better to repair my appliance, or just buy a new one?”

The rule of thumb in appliance repair is if it’s more than half the cost of a new appliance, it’s better to buy a new one. However, there are other factors to consider as well. After all, a new appliance is an investment, and it doesn’t come cheap. Here are some tips to help you decide:

    1. Cost – If all else fails, stick to the rule that if the repair cost is more than half the cost of a new appliance, make the investment.
    2. Current Condition – Has your equipment seen better days?  Do you use your equipment like Grandma did, or has Uncle Murphy run amuck everyday?  Worn hardware and doors, hinges and handles can take away more efficiency than you’d think, and these aren’t normal stocked parts on most equipment, costing you more when they fail.
    3. Maintenance – An appliance is only as good as its owner and most appliances require regular maintenance to properly function. Keep an eye out for more tips on how to maintain your common household appliances.
    4. Life Expectancy – Though every appliance is unique, most appliances have an average life expectancy. Taking into account other factors, such as current condition and maintenance, take a look at the table below to find where your appliance sits:
    • Life Expectancy for Commercial Appliances

      Life Expectancy (Years)
      Low High Average
      Microwaves

      5

      10

      8

      Ranges, electric

      8

      16

      12

      Ranges, gas

      6

      20

      14

      Ranges, hoods

      9

      15

      12

      Refrigerators, compact

      4

      12

      8

      Refrigerators, standard

      6

      16

      10

      Water heaters, electric

      6

      18

      10

      Water heaters, gas

      5

      13

      9

      Walk in refrigeration

      8

      16

      12

      Gas Furnaces

      6

      22

      14

      Gas Fryers

      5

      19

      13

      Dishwashers

      9

      16

      12

      Electric Fryers

      7

      15

      13

      Ice Machines

      6

      14

      10

      Steamers

      7

      12

      9

 

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