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Repair or Replace Household Appliances

Is your disposal not working like it used to? Or is your dishwasher just not getting the job done? The trick is knowing when to repair the appliance and when you should replace it entirely. When making the decision, you should consider age, energy efficiency, repair cost, new pricing and whether you’d have to modify your kitchen to accommodate the upgrade.

First, make sure the appliance is really broken. If the appliance is an older model and you’ve tried everything, then yes it’s time for an upgrade. But if the appliance isn’t too old then you may want to think about repairing rather than replacing. Ask yourself these 4 questions:


If you weren’t 100% sure about your answers, check to see if the appliance is still under warranty. Often times the warranty covers labor and parts for a year or two. If you answered yes to all of the questions then your appliance most likely needs to be replaced.

Don’t forget to follow the “50% Rule” when you are deciding whether to try and have the appliance repaired or fully replaced. The “50% Rule” states that if the repair bill exceeds half the cost of a replacement, then you should replace the item rather than paying to repair. See below to compare the lifespan expectancy with the actual age of your appliance.


If you do come to the conclusion that you need to buy a new appliance, do your research. Compare the special features to their prices and remember to be practical. Also keep in mind being energy efficient, to save on your energy bills. If you’re deciding between two, use the Energy Star ratings as a tie-breaker to help you choose.