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To Repair or to Replace? That is the Question.

When an appliance breaks down, it can throw your entire household into disarray. You're left wondering whether to repair the old faithful or to splurge on a new one. As experts in appliance repair, we at Get It Complete! are here to guide you through this dilemma with some useful insights.

The 50/50 Rule

One common rule of thumb in the appliance world is the 50/50 rule. If the cost of repairing an appliance is more than 50% of the price of a new one, and the appliance is over 50% through its expected lifespan, it might be time to say goodbye. For instance, if your 7-year-old washing machine (with a typical lifespan of 10-12 years) needs a repair that costs half as much as a new machine, replacing it could be the wiser choice.

Consider the Age and Condition

  • Refrigerators: These workhorses can last 10-20 years. If your fridge is over 15 years old and starts acting up, replacement is usually the best option.

  • Washing Machines: Typically last around 12-15 years. If yours is nearing a decade old and needs a costly repair, replacement might be more economical.

  • Dryers: Similar to washing machines, they generally last 13-17 years.

  • Dishwashers: Have an average lifespan of 9-10 years.

  • Microwaves: Generally last about 9 years.

  • Stoves and Ovens: These can last up to 15 years, with electric models often outlasting gas ones.

Energy Efficiency

Newer appliances are often more energy-efficient. If your old appliance is a power hog, you might save money in the long run by replacing it with a more efficient model. This can also be a great opportunity to upgrade to features that make your life easier and more convenient.

Repair Costs vs. Replacement Costs

It's important to get a clear estimate for the repair before making your decision. At Get It Complete!, we can help diagnose the issue and provide an honest assessment. Our experienced and insured technicians will let you know if it's worth repairing or if you're better off replacing the appliance.

Availability of Parts

For older models, parts may be hard to find or prohibitively expensive. In such cases, replacing the appliance might be the only viable option.

Installation and Delivery Costs When considering a new appliance, don’t forget to factor in the cost of installation and delivery. These additional expenses can sometimes tip the scales in favor of repairing your existing appliance.

Sentimental Value

Sometimes, appliances hold sentimental value. Maybe it was a gift, or you've had it since your first home. While this shouldn't be the sole reason for repairing, it's certainly something to consider.

Environmental Impact

Repairing and extending the life of an appliance is more environmentally friendly than disposing of it and buying a new one. If you're environmentally conscious, this might sway your decision towards repair.

Our Professional Advice

At Get It Complete!, we’re here to help you make the best decision for your situation. We offer reliable diagnostics to pinpoint the issue and provide you with a clear picture of the repair costs versus replacement costs. We'll be honest about whether it's worth fixing or if you're better off investing in a new appliance.

Remember, the ultimate decision is yours. Whether you choose to repair or replace, we're here to support you every step of the way. If you decide to repair, you can count on our skilled technicians to get the job done right. If you decide to replace, we can assist with installation and ensure everything is set up perfectly.

Need help with an appliance? Contact us today to schedule a diagnostic appointment. We'll help you navigate the repair or replace dilemma with ease and confidence!

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