The wheezing washer. The fridge on the fritz. When your home appliances are ailing, you may struggle with that perennial question: Repair or replace? Sure, new is always nice, but that can get pricey. However, if you funnel money into repairs, who’s to say it won’t break down again later? Decisions, decisions…
Waffle no more, homeowners: Ask yourself these five questions to get some clarity on what to do.
1. How old is the appliance?
Appliances aren’t made to last forever, and a general rule of thumb is that if your appliance has reached the ripe old age of 7 or more, it’s probably time for a replacement, says Tim Adkisson, director of product engineering for Sears Home Services.