Beyond Repair: When to Fix Your Appliances and When to Replace Them

In every home, appliances are essential for maintaining comfort and convenience. However, when they start showing signs of wear or don’t perform as they once did – the question comes up. Do you repair or replace it? While repairing an appliance might seem like a cost-effective choice, it’s not always the best decision in the long run. On the other hand, replacing an appliance can be a significant investment, but it might save you from future repair costs and energy inefficiencies. Here are some things to consider when making your decision.


How old is your appliance?

Most appliances have a set lifespan. For example, refrigerators typically last 10-13 years, while ovens usually last 13-15 years. If your appliance is nearing or past its expected lifespan, it might be time to replace it.

How much will it cost you to repair?

A good rule of thumb is the “50% rule.” If the repair cost is more than 50% of the price of a new appliance, it’s best to replace it. However, if the repair cost estimate is within your budget and it’s less than 50% of a new appliance price tag, call in the pros to fix it!

Is your appliance energy efficient?

Older appliances tend to consume more energy. Replacing them with energy-efficient models could save on utility bills, offsetting the cost of the new appliance over time. So, if your old appliance is racking up those energy bills, it’s time to shop for a new one.


Remember, these are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. Every situation is unique and requires a professional opinion. At Express Appliance Service, our skilled technicians can evaluate your appliances and provide expert advice, whether it’s time for a repair or a replacement. Give us a call today!