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Should you repair or replace your home appliances?

Is the food in your freezer constantly becoming freezer burnt? Does it take your microwave substantially longer to warm up food? Are your dishes still dirty after going through the dishwasher? Home appliances make everyday life much easier. However, with constant usage, all appliances Omaha will run into issues at one point or another. 

When your home appliances start becoming problematic, a big uncertainty amongst homeowners is whether an appliance repair will suffice or a replacement is needed. Repairs are obviously the cheaper route but it can become costly if issues continue to arise. Here are some questions to ask yourself and things to consider before repairing or replacing your home appliances.

Is your appliance really broken?

The first factor to look at when you run into an issue with any of your appliances is whether or not it’s actually broken. There are a number of reasons as to why your appliances may not be working properly, or even turning on. Instead of panicking, here are some things to consider:

  • Make sure your appliances are plugged in properly

  • Make sure your circuit breaker hasn’t tripped

  • Make sure your appliances are on an even surface and are level

  • Make sure vents, filters and drains are not clogged

How old are your appliances?

Another thing you should consider when deciding whether to repair or replace is the age of your appliances. When your appliance is old, and needs a costly repair, replacing it may be the smarter move. Here are the average life spans for all appliances Omaha:

  • Air Conditioner: 15 years

  • Dishwasher: nine years

  • Dryer: 13 years

  • Furnace: 15-20 years

  • Garbage Disposal: 12 years

  • Microwave: nine years

  • Refrigerator: 13 years

  • Freezer: 11 years

  • Stove/oven: 13-15 years

  • Washing machine: 10 years

  • Water heater: 10-20 years

Is your appliance still under warranty?
 

Another thing to check is whether your appliances are still under warranty. Many warranties on major appliances cover repair costs for a year after purchase, sometimes two. You can find the warranty in the owner’s manual.

Also, home warranty and service agreements oftentimes cover the cost for both the parts and labor of appliance repairs. If you have a ServiceOne home warranty or service agreement, getting your appliances repaired instead of replaced may be the cheaper option. If you do not have a home warranty or service agreement, and your appliances continue to become problematic, then you may want to consider purchasing one. 
 

Do you need more energy-efficient appliances?

As energy costs continue to rise, owning energy-efficient appliances is becoming more and more popular. Not only do these appliances save you money on your energy bills, but are beneficial to the environment. If your older appliance is not as energy-efficient as newer models, a replacement may end up costing you more money in the long run. When determining how much energy your appliance uses, looking at the yellow and black label will help give you a good idea. 
 

When it comes to home appliances, it’s no question that issues will happen at some point. When deciding whether to replace or repair your home appliances, consider these helpful tips to ensure you are spending efficiently. 


At ServiceOne, we offer repairs and replacements on all appliances Omaha. Whether it’s your kitchen, laundry room or anywhere in between, we’ve got you covered. Visit our website or give us a call today if you have any questions regarding your home appliances.

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