Are you dealing with great inefficiencies or failure of your kitchen appliances? If you answer is yes, you are most probably trying to decide whether to replace or repair the appliances. On one hand repairing may cost you a lot of money but fail to fix the issue and on the other hand replacing may not be an economically wise decision if the appliance can be fixed with a simple repair. There is often the question of whether a repair will be effective or if a replacement is economically worthwhile.
Confirm if the appliance is really not working I have once replaced a blender only to realize that the appliance was okay and all it required was resetting of the circuit breaker. When an appliance is a broken we often go into a state of panic before that blinds us into concluding that a device is broken before even considering the simplest troubleshooting procedures.
To ensure that the appliance is really broken, please ensure you tick off against all the following points:
- Check if the appliance is properly plugged to the power source.
- Check the appliance’s circuit breakers and whether they require resetting.
- Check if filters and vents are clogged with dust or lint.
- Check the flooring for evenness.
Has the appliance reached the end of their life?
Once you have established that the appliance is truly broken, the second factor to consider is how much time is left on the appliance’s lifespan. In most cases if the appliance is nearing is speculated due date it is wiser to replace the device rather than to repair it. So how do you tell if the appliance has reached the end of its life cycle? Different appliances have varied life spans but for your sake, I am going to list the top 11 kitchen appliances and their respective lifespans in years.
Check the Warranty Coverage
Before you dig into your pocket for either repairs or replacement it is wise to check the warranty coverage for your appliance. Warranty information is often found on the appliance manual if you cannot trace your manual however you can consider the generic warranty period for most appliances. Most warranties cover the first year after the device is bought some, however, cover up to two years on partial repairs, parts etc.
If your device is not within the warranty period, considering “Do it yourself” repairs can save you a lot of money. The reason for this is that most warranties only apply in cases where the user has not tampered with the appliance in any way. You should therefore only consider DIY repair guidelines if the warranty period has ended. DIYs are very effective because most minor issues that appliances have can be easily fixed with procures available through DIY YouTube videos, DIY websites etc.
Considering energy efficiency often applies to devices that have been in use for a long period of time. You may have a fridge that is still in perfect working condition but its energy consumption is weighing heavily on your pocket. Replacing such an appliance or replacing some of the parts of the appliance to make it more effective can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars that would have otherwise gone energy bills in the long run. New devices also come with the newest technology that may make you kitchen tasks even easier to accomplish.