Repair or Replace My Appliance

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Here are some questions to consider when deciding whether to replace an appliance.

  1. How old is the appliance?

  2. What would a similar appliance cost?

  3. Are there hidden costs? Removal, Installation? disposal? Tax?

  4. How difficult is it to replace the appliance? Is it a built-in?

  5. What energy savings will I get with the new appliance?

  6. What additional features will I get with the new appliance?

Many people throw away appliances because they don't know a repair person they trust. They are also afraid the repair cost will be so high that they'll wish they had just replaced the appliance.

Because 75% of the cost of repairing an appliance is in the labor and related charges, and only 25% of the cost is in the parts, many people could repair the appliance themselves and save a significant amount of time and hassle.

In general, appliances last between 12 and 14 years. However, many appliances last for over 30 years.

If a repair will cost more than half the cost of a new appliance, and the unit is more than six or seven years old, you should consider replacing it altogether.

For more appliance repair information, go to is a one-stop online shop for appliance repair needs. To find and order parts, the site's PartDetective asks simple questions and provides a list of relevant parts with photos for visual verification. Visitors can also obtain helpful information, such as maintenance tips, troubleshooting and expert advice, from the RepairGuru.

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