Advice to Help You Decide Whether You Should Fix or Replace a Broken Appliance

There are times when we have had an appliance for so many years and it has served you so well, that you feel (perhaps correctly so) that you will never get a replacement of such high quality. After all the general consensus is that even though there are high quality appliances out there, somehow appliances that were made five, ten years ago stand the test of time much better than the ones we get to buy now. However, regardless of how durable the appliance was and how well it performed, like everything else in life, there are times when appliances have simply done their time. After all, nothing lasts forever in this lifetime, not even machines. Therefore, how can you tell whether or not it is time to replace your broken appliance or if it is instead, worthwhile to try to fix it?

The Life-expectancy/ Manufacturer’s Expected Appliance Lifetime

When you think of the term life expectancy, it is not surprising to think of people as opposed to appliances, however like everything else, appliances are earmarked with a length of time for which they should last which is usually determined by the manufacturer based on the type of materials that are used to assemble the appliance and the method of appliance assembly. The average life expectancy/ expected longevity of different appliances is as follows-

  • Refrigerator: 13 years
  • Freezer: 11 years
  • Washing machine: 10 years
  • Dishwasher: 9 years
  • Dryer: 13 years
  • Kitchen range/oven (gas): 15 years

Therefore, as a starting point, if you have had your appliance for the above mentioned number of years or close to that time frame or even longer, chances are that when it malfunctions, it has done its time.

The Warranty

The warranty is to some extent a good guide on how long you may have before your appliance malfunctions. It is actually rare for a customer’s appliance to go broken during the warranty, most suppliers tend to peg warranty periods to the time frame that they know it will be working well. That way if it starts to malfunction, the appliance was either truly defective or poorly handled by the customer in which case, it is probably a good idea to attempt to repair it.

Repair Percentage Cost

Bearing in mind the above, you also have to factor in the cost. Usually, the cost to repair an appliance ranges between 18-33% of the replacement cost. However, this may or may not include the cost of the part(s) needed to do the repair work. Thus, if you realize that the cost to do repairs is over 50% of the replacement cost, then this may be a good reason to replace instead of repair. On the other hand, if you have neither the time, nor the will to locate a new appliance, considering that you will save a bit of money, you may opt to do repairs.

If you decide to repair your broken appliance however, you may rest assured that PartsXpo has a wide array of parts for appliances that have malfunctioned and chances are that they will have the part you need.