Deciding whether to repair a broken appliance or buy new isn’t always a clear cut decision. Consumer Reports found that people who used independent repair shops were more satisfied with the repairs than those who used factory service. The repairs are of the same quality and cost less. This was especially true when looking at large appliance repairs. If your product is under manufacturer warranty, you will need to use a factory-authorized repair shop.
Before You Panic
On many occasions an appliance may stop working but not be broken or need repair. Before you call your repair company or file a warranty claim, make sure you check a few things first.
- Is the appliance plugged in?
- Have your circuit breakers tripped?
- Is your flooring uneven?
- Are vents and filters clogged with lint and dust?
These are common things we take for granted. Going through some standard troubleshooting can often save you a lot of time, frustration, and money.
Check Your Warranty
Reference your owner’s manual or records to see if your appliance is still under warranty. Most warranties will cover labor and parts for a year; and some extend coverage of parts for two years. If it’s still covered, go ahead and schedule your service call. If it’s not under warranty, call Andy’s Appliance Repair at 402-423-2382 and we will send a qualified factory trained technician out to diagnose and repair your appliance.
The Hidden Costs of Replacing Old Appliances
The cost of replacing an appliance is often more than the cost to repair. For example:
- A new refrigerator may not fit in the same spot as the old one. You may need to change your cabinetry to fit it.
- If you want to switch to a gas oven and range but don’t have gas connections, you’ll be faced with spending thousands to bring a gas line into your home. Maybe stick with electric in this case.
- Upgrading your appliance to a more modern version may require additional wiring and circuits to support the energy loads.
- When you buy a new appliance there are hidden cost such as deliver and installation fees, carpentry expenses as well as disposal costs and landfill /environmental impacts to consider.
These are just things to keep in mind. Sometimes replacing old appliances with new ones is a no brainer and should be done and sometimes repairing even an older model make perfect sense and will continue to last for many years.
Need Appliance Repair in the St. Louis Metro Area?
As you can see, determining whether to buy or repair takes some thought. If you’re not sure, give us a call, and we’d be happy to list out the pros and cons for you so you can make an informed decision. Even though we are an appliance repair and parts company, we don’t always recommend repairs.