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Repair or Replace? How Do You Know When an Appliance is Past Its Prime? - Appliance Doctors

Repair or Replace? How Do You Know When an Appliance is Past Its Prime?

Your essential appliances provide you with the ultimate convenience, and, after a while, you get attached to them. Let’s be honest, can you really enjoy home life without a refrigerator to keep your food fresh or a washer/dryer combo to take the hassle out of laundry day? We can’t! 

Although we wish our common household appliances could last forever (damage-free, of course), unfortunately, this is just not the case. Let’s see if your broken appliance needs a simple repair or if you should start window-shopping for something new. 

First Things First

Don’t panic if your appliances aren’t working all of a sudden! It may just be a simple fix. Before you dial the Cayman Islands’ appliance doctors, check these out. More often than not, the easiest solutions are the answer! 

  • Is the appliance plugged in correctly? 
  • Have you clicked the “reset” button on the outlet?
  • Did something or someone trip the circuit breaker?
  • Do you need to clean or replace a filter? 

Refrigerator

Dishwasher

The most reliable dishwashers make cooking fun and cleaning a breeze! If you’re the head of the kitchen in your household, it’s no wonder this is one appliance you don’t want to live without. Keep reading to see if all you need is a simple repair or if it’s time for an upgrade. 

Although modern dishwashers are made from sturdy and long-lasting materials, they have a lot of small internal components that can wear down over time or get damaged if not properly cared for. For example, the lock mechanism, detergent dispenser, float valve, spray arms, and many other parts are easy repairs for the Appliance Doctors. Of course, we recommend giving us a call to get a professional diagnosis to figure out exactly what’s wrong. 

If a major part, like the motor or circulation pump, is extremely damaged, you should weigh the cost of repairs against the cost of a replacement. Is a repair worth as much as half the cost of a new appliance? Most technicians will tell you no, especially if your appliance is near or has exceeded its life expectancy. If it’s still new and you have a warranty on it, then repairs are the way to go. 

Oven

Your oven is a necessary appliance for cooking, so dealing with unexpected damages can be quite frustrating. Thankfully, there’s an easy solution to almost every damage we’ve come across, whether your oven isn’t heating properly or turning on at all. So when should you opt for a replacement instead? It all comes down to age. 

The older your appliance gets, the more wear and tear it will experience. There comes a point when a replacement just makes sense. If the insides are rusting, the glass door cracks, repairs become too frequent and expensive, or the oven simply doesn’t meet your needs anymore, it may finally be time for an upgrade. 

Washer/Dryer

Finding out that your washer and dryer are broken can put a permanent halt to laundry day, unless you don’t mind washing tons of clothes and linens by hand. So, is it time to replace your washer/dryer combo or should you just buy a whole new set? 

Choose repairs when: your washer and dryer have a small problem and a long way to go before reaching the end of their lifespan. Almost all damage can be repaired, from a broken belt and faulty start switch to a malfunctioning temperature sensor and clogged vents. All you need is one of our Appliance Doctors who is experienced with the make and model of your appliances. 

Choose replacement when: your washer and dryer are at the end of the life expectancy and require time-consuming, expensive repairs. It’s better to save your money and invest it toward a new washer/dryer combo (which you’ll need sooner or later anyway), rather than wasting it on frequent repairs. 

Air Conditioner

The Cayman Islands’ tropical climate essentially demands that every home be equipped with a powerful air conditioner. Otherwise, the heat and humidity can be uncomfortable and downright dangerous! That’s why experiencing an AC breakdown can be quite alarming. Luckily, our AC experts are right at your fingertips! 

The Polar Bear Air Conditioning team, our sister company, has yet to meet any damaged air conditioner that its team can’t fix. Whether your AC unit is blowing out warm air, providing insufficient airflow, creating uneven room temperatures, cycling too frequently, causing high humidity levels, contaminating indoor air quality, or emitting bad odors and loud noises when in use, the Polar Bear comfort consultants can fix it all!

However, that doesn’t mean a replacement may never be in store. Eventually, even the best air conditioner will lose its energy efficiency, require too many expensive repairs, and increase your monthly energy bills because of its age.  If you are experiencing any of these issues and your AC unit is six years or older, we encourage you to meet with one of our comfort specialists to see if a replacement to a higher energy-efficiency model is in the near future. 

Consider This

On a final note, we recommend setting up a maintenance schedule that you can regularly follow to stay up-to-date on all of your appliance tune-ups. If you prefer to DIY, make an Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all your appliance maintenance and set up reminders for annual tune-ups. If you know you’ll forget to schedule services on your own, we have a maintenance program available! With our Discount Service Club, we do the work for you. You’ll never miss quarterly maintenance again, plus you get to enjoy a 10 percent discount on all repairs and accessories.. 

Do you have an appliance that’s on the fritz? Waiting too long can cause a small problem to become a complete disaster, so call us today!