Keep Your Appliances in Good Working Order with Routine Maintenance and Repairs
Since you rely on your appliances to store and prepare your food as well as to keep your dishes and clothes clean, it can be frustrating and inconvenient when they aren’t functioning properly or break down. Regular maintenance, as you know, is important to keep them in good working order so they’re available when you need them.
Possible Appliance Issues and Repairs
On average, it cost $254.00 to $275.000 to repair an appliance in 2014. Current costs, however, will vary and depend on a variety of factors such as their make and model.
Some appliances are known to be temperamental and have specific issues. Front-loading washing machines, for example, tend to break down in 3 to 4 years. This occurs with 25% of these types of washing machines.
Refrigerators with ice makers also tend to break down within 3 to 4 years. When they have ice makers with either top or bottom freezers, this occurs with 28% of these models. When they are side-by-side refrigerator freezers with ice makers, this occurs with 36% of these models.
Dishwashers in general will break down within 3 to 4 years. This occurs 20% of the time with this type of appliance.
Even when you have high-quality appliances that receive regular routine maintenance, they may still need an occasional repair. In some cases, an appliance may just need a minor adjustment. However, when they break down often, it may be time to purchase a new energy-efficient model.
Appliance Longevity and Replacement
If you’ve had your appliances for a while, and they aren’t functioning as well as they used to, then it may be time to replace them. Before needing to be replaced, the following appliances should last you a specific number of years:
- Gas ranges: 13 years
- Refrigerators: 13 years
- Electric or gas dryers: 13 years
- Washing machines: 10 years
- Dishwashers: 9 years
When to Contact a Repair Service
Rather than wait for your appliances to break down before contacting a repair service, it’s important to schedule routine maintenance. Whether you need dishwasher repair, oven repair, or another type of repair service, your contractor will be able to determine whether or not your appliance can be repaired.
If dishwasher repair isn’t possible or recommended, for instance, then chances are that rather than providing you with dishwasher repair, they will recommend that you purchase a new model. Given all the advancements with energy-saving features, you may want to consider updating all of your existing appliances. When you do replace your appliances, be sure to schedule regular maintenance service for these as well.