Broken appliance: Repair it or replace it?
Updated: 10/02/2011 05:17 PM
By: Terri Bennett
With any appliance, there comes the day when you ask yourself should I repair it or replace it? Do Your Part and make the best choice for you and the environment.
The best rule of thumb for appliances like your dishwasher, microwave, fridge, stove, washing machine, and dryer is to fix it - unless it’s already well past its life expectancy. Worried you can’t handle the job? You might be surprised just how simple some of the fixes are!
When Terri’s dryer stopped working she was really worried. She thought it would be an expensive and time consuming fix. But, the replacement part cost less than $10 and took minutes to install. The dryer was running again in no time.
Don't worry if you don’t consider yourself handy. The ‘Virtual Repairman’ tool on PartSelect.com can not only help you figure out what wrong, it’ll show you exactly what you’ll need to make the fix and step by step instructions. That way, you won’t just be saving money, you’ll save a whole lot of time.
If one day you do decide that you need to upgrade, make sure to responsibly recycle your old appliances. Many contain dangerous components that should never be dumped in a landfill. Earth911.com will help you find recycling resources near you.
Do Your Part when making decisions about your appliances because sometimes a little elbow grease can make all the difference in the world.
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