Service Tech with Mr. Appliance Repair Loveland Helps Answer the Fix it or Nix it Question
Too many people are quick to throw out a good appliance when it would make economic sense to have it repaired
There are some cases where it is appropriate to replace a broken appliance. When debating whether to replace or repair an appliance some people use the fifty percent rule, which states the appliance should be repaired if the cost is less than half the price of buying a new one. But, this one factor and alone, is not enough to make a wise choice.
Ed Rauch, owner of Mr. Appliance Repair (www.lovelandappliancerepair.com/), lists several other factors to consider such as the age of the appliance. All home appliances have an average useful life value, a number that represents the expected life of the appliance. Most appliances manufactured today are expected to last for over ten years. Of course, age is determined not only by number of years, but frequency of use. One that is used less and very well taken care of will last longer.
Expensive, high-end appliances are more economical to fix than cheaper models. If the unit is less than 10 years old and has functioned well for the most part, then it would be practical have an appliance service technician evaluate the problem. Mr. Appliance Repair technicians will provide their honest opinion as to weather the unit is worth fixing or should be retired.
An appliance with a history of malfunction should be replaced. One that is breaking down often may have several faults making it weak as a whole. If for any reason one is unhappy with the appliance; it doesn’t look right in the home or it doesn’t fit right in the space, it’s hard to use or simply inefficient, they may not want to spend the money repairing it.
On the other hand, if they like the appliance, it matches well with surrounding décor, works great and has the best features and has been reliable in the past, then repairing it is a sensible idea. Purchasing a new appliance can be a lot of work when one considers researching new brands, getting one that looks right, disconnecting and disposing of the old one, having the new one installed, getting familiar with operating it and so on. Even though they come in standard sizes, the fit might be awkward and installation costly if a carpenter, plumber or electrician has to help with power, water or gas connections.
Ed Rauch says there are some advantages to buying a new appliance. Newer models are generally more energy efficient and have upgraded features making them easier to use. New washing machines and dishwashers have water saving capabilities. The latest clothes dryers have moisture sensors that turn it off when laundry is dry. Many new appliances are Energy Star rated.
Another factor to consider is the environment. Repairing an appliance will help cut down on pollution created in manufacturing new ones as well as destruction of habitats resulting in mining the materials used to build them. Sending old appliances to the landfill introduces chemicals like flame retardants, heavy metals, lead, arsenic and mercury into the groundwater. Refrigerators that are not processed properly can leak refrigerant into the environment.
Mr. Appliance Repair suggests considering all the facts before making the important decision as to fixing or replacing a broken appliance. If the choice is to replace it, then take the old one to a recycling center to prevent environmental damage.
Mr. Appliance of Greater Cincinnati serves area residents and commercial business owners with prompt, reliable and honest appliance repair. The locally owned and operated appliance repair service is part of the largest and fastest growing appliance repair company in the world. Visit www.mrappliance.com/cincinnati to learn more.
About Mr. Appliance:
Mr. Appliance is North America’s leading appliance repair franchise system. Established in 1996, its franchises provide full-service residential and light commercial appliance repair. With more than 150 locations throughout the US and Canada, Mr. Appliance Service is consistently ranked among the top home service franchises by Entrepreneur Magazine and other industry experts. Mr. Appliance Repair proudly joins other companies in the Dwyer Group Franchise to lend a hand to the 173 Ronald McDonald Houses in the US and Canada.
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