Practical homeowners have asked themselves this question most often after the breakdown of a household appliance in Winston-Salem, NC: “Should I repair or replace it?” Having a major appliance break down suddenly can cause a multitude of issues. Calling for refrigerator repair in Winston Salem can be the right answer to save you money and a lot of wasted food! According to Chicago Tribune correspondent William Hageman (referring to Consumer Reports), the decision relies on several factors such as history, age, and previous work done on the appliance.
For the past half-dozen years or so, Consumer Reports has advocated the 50 percent rule. Because of the constant changes and upgrades in products, if the cost of repairs is 50 percent or more of the cost of a new appliance, go new. And that 50 percent is cumulative. If a product has had repairs in the past, even an additional, small fix might be enough to tip the scale from repair to replace.
And now the good news
The report pointed out that contrary to what many consumers believe, appliances nowadays such as refrigerators and washing machines are far more durable now than they were 3 to 5 years ago. With proper care and maintenance, the life expectancies of these machines will most likely increase.
The old adage “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” certainly applies here. For accurate advice on how to care for appliances, who better to consult than the manufacturer itself? In addition, following their instructions will be practical for warranty purposes.
… Get the owner’s manual for maintenance tips. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure your appliance is at peak efficiency, she says. “Cleaning the coils on your refrigerator, making sure the gasket around the refrigerator is clean. Cleaning the ports on a gas range. On dishwashers, many do not have self-cleaning filters. The industry has moved away from them because they’re noisy. So most dishwashers have a manual filter you have to clean out.”
Sometimes repairs are unavoidable
What more can be done when factors beyond your control such as time and hard use do their damage? Unless you’re a certified professional, don’t attempt to repair major appliances yourself. Businesses specializing in appliance repair in Winston-Salem, NC like Advanced Appliance Services Inc. should assess the damage and provide a quote for repair.
Lastly, it may be worth inquiring about the maintenance contracts that some companies offer, especially for complex equipment such as refrigerators and certainly your HVAC unit; which would benefit from periodic upkeep. This would minimize breakdowns and maximize the unit’s performance, saving you both precious time and money.
(Article excerpt and image from “When good appliances go bad: repair or replace?”, 31 January 2014, Chicago Tribune)