Appliances: Repair or Replace?

You love your older, reliable washing machine; it fits perfectly in the laundry room, it’s quiet, and it’s never let you down. One day, though, it just decides to quit working, and you are faced with the dilemma: repair or replace?  While many people may run straight to the local appliance store or start looking online for the newest and best replacement model, there are several factors you may want to consider that might tip the scales in favor of repair.

Cost

Cost, of course, can be the most important factor in deciding whether to repair or replace. It may cost as much to repair a microwave as to replace it, but, when it comes to larger appliances like refrigerators, freezers, washers, and dryers, you may be unable or just unwilling to spend thousands of dollars right now. Before shopping for a new model, get an estimate from a reputable appliance repair technician, like Buffalo appliance repair company MWM Appliance Repair. You may find that, for a fraction of the cost of a new appliance, you can get years’ more use out of the old one.

Age

If your twenty-year-old washer breaks, you will probably be better off looking for a new one. All too, often, your nice, new dishwasher breaks the day after the warranty expires. In that case, visit the Buffalo NY office of MWM Appliance Repair, or your local repair company. A simple repair might be all that is necessary to get it going again for years of trouble-free service.

Going Green

We do live in a throw-away society, but all of us are becoming more conscious of our impact on the environment. Opting for repair instead of replacement reduces the impact on landfills. It’s a small thing, but if you can save money and make a slightly more green choice, why not consider it? Other factors to consider might be the energy efficiency of an old appliance versus a new one. If your old washer uses a lot more electricity and water than a new one, the most environmentally friendly option might be to replace it after all. In that case, call a scrap company to pick it up – at least the metal will be recycled.

Convenience

Sometimes a major appliance breaks at night, over a weekend, or during a storm. When you need your refrigerator or freezer back as soon as possible, some appliance repair companies specialize in servicing appliances in your home, and offer 24-hour emergency service.

Other Factors

When you are upgrading your kitchen, those old appliances may no longer fit in with the new cabinets, floors, and countertops. For a rental unit, vacation home, rec room, or garage, economy may be more important than aesthetics. If you are new to the rental business and are not particularly handy, and don’t have a handyman on call, you should be familiar with your local appliance repair companies. When your tenant calls on a Friday night and reports that the refrigerator just died, telling them to wait until you can shop for a new one simply is not an option.