When something you use regularly breaks down, you have to answer the question: repair or replace? And, when the appliance that needs fixing is something like a washer and dryer, you might need to make your decision sooner rather than later if you want to have clean clothes.
Obviously, you want to make the most cost effective and longest lasting choice. You don’t want to repair your washer or dryer only to have more parts break on it. Sometimes, parts and installation can cost more than simply buying a new appliance, so you need to be smart about the decisions you make.
Is Your Washer or Dryer Under Warranty?
The very first thing you should check before you even think about buying a new washer or dryer or calling someone out to do maintenance is to see if your washer or dryer is still under warranty. If it is, check to see which parts of the washer or dryer are covered under the warranty. If it seems like the problem can be solved by using the warranty, that will likely be the most financially reasonable decision.
If the company that you got the washer or dryer from offered you a warranty but then went out of business, try to contact the manufacturer of the washer or dryer to see if they will honor the warranty. If not, then it’s back to square one, which means that repairing or replacing your washer or dryer is going to come out of your pocket.
How Old Are Your Appliances?
If your washer or dryer is over 10 years old, it might have reached its life expectancy. Unless the appliance is still covered under the original warranty, you might just want to get a new washer or dryer to avoid having further costly issues with it in the future. Because parts generally break down at the same time, that is a likely possibility.
How Well Do Your Appliances Work?
If your washer and dryer have been working well for the past few years, then it is very likely that repairing them will be easy and won’t cost you very much. However, if they haven’t been working the way they should be, the repair could be most costly.
In that case, you might really want to look into buying a new washer or dryer. That way, you can get the kind of performance you need and want.
The Choice is Yours
To sum it up, you have to factor everything in about your appliances before you can make the decision about whether repairing or replacing the washer or dryer you have is a cost-effective solution.
If you aren’t sure what is wrong with the appliance you have, try calling a washer and dryer repair specialist. That way, you can factor in their estimate, given that it is an honest one, into your decision-making process so you have more information to go off.
Whatever decision you make, good luck!
Kassandra Konecny is currently a web content writer for plumbing companies, appliance companies, and generator companies. She writes mostly about how to do home repairs. When she’s not working, Kassandra attends a local university to study English and psychology.