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When to Replace Your Appliances

heat-248231_1280Purchasing appliances today is costly and, like anything else, once we find the one that is right for us, we wish to take good care of it with an aim for optimal use and ultimately to prolong its useful life.  Although we often grow fond of our trusty household appliances, it is sometimes challenging to recognize when it is time to cave in and replace the dishwasher when it doesn’t always clean the dishes properly, or the refrigerator when it never feels like it gets cold enough, and so on…

Some appliances can be easily fixed, but others are better off being replaced. Below, we discuss some of the main household appliances and offer some tips on preserving the life of them, but also provide considerations on when it may be time to replace them.


Does your current refrigerator have a problem? Is there a repair that needs to be made? Typically, refrigerators have a life expectancy of at least five years. Check your owner’s manual to see if it’s still under warranty. If so, any major parts or repairs should still be covered. If not, call an expert to discuss the problem. They will likely diagnose it for free and give you an estimate. If the estimate is over half the price of a new refrigerator, you may be better off to just purchase a new one. You can also get an energy efficient one, which will help you save on your energy bill.


Stoves, no matter if they are gas or electric, should last anywhere between ten to fifteen years. There are several common problems, such as a burner not working, or damaged coils, that you may be able to fix on your own. If the repair nears several hundreds of dollars, or your stove is over ten years old, you probably got your money’s worth.


Dishwashers are the most convenient appliances in today’s kitchens. Washing by hand is a thing of the past, unless your dishwasher is not washing dishes properly! If it not working optimally, try to find out why.  It may need a heavy duty cleaning. If that doesn’t work, call in a professional to get their opinion. Compare the cost of repair versus a new one and then make a decision on which one would be more beneficial to you. Dishwashers should last between eight to ten years.

Washer and Dryer

Washers and Dryers generally last approximately ten years, give or take a couple. Cleaning out these appliances often will extend their life expectancy. The washer’s hose should be cleaned out every year, and the filter (if it has one) should be cleaned at least every couple of months; the dryer’s hose and lint trap should be cleaned out regularly especially since a clogged dryer hose and reduced airflow could lead to a fire.  If the repair on either one of these machines costs over $500, it’s time for a new one. Luckily, they are not nearly as costly as some other appliances. You can even purchase a combination machine for less, and it will take up less space. Price points for these appliances can be anywhere from $400 to $1,000 and up, depending on what you want.

Decision – Repairing or Replacing

When you first notice an issue with an appliance, check the owner’s manual for guidance or call an expert. They can advise you on the cost of the repair versus replacing the appliance completely. But don’t wait if you notice something wrong.  Allowing a problem to continue may lead to bigger issues in the future.  Upon speaking with a professional and receiving a quote for the repair cost, there are many factors to consider, including a cost-benefit analysis of repairing your existing appliance versus purchasing a new one. Fortunately, there are many sales and purchase plans offered by stores that carry appliances so options are available if your cost benefit analysis leads to a replacement. 

Don’t forget we have a great selection of PEI electricians, handyman and plumbing experts to help you with all your appliance needs!

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