Appliances generally last for 15 - 20
years, especially when maintained properly.
Proper maintenance actually reduces the incidents
of faulty functioning considerably.
When a household appliance stops working, you have two choices. You can either
repair the appliance or replace it. To take the right decision several factors need to be
First and foremost check up on the age of the appliance and
its warranty period. If the warranty period is still on, the
repair may cost nothing or less than what it would have cost otherwise.
Assuming that the warranty period is
over and that repair is going to be costly, then you
need to analyze a few points. You should begin by getting an estimate of the cost involved.
If the cost is about 50% or less than that of a new appliance
- then it
is worth getting the repair done.
Otherwise it would make more sense to just upgrade to a newer model. A very
old appliance may present you with the problem of hard-to- find spare parts.
Newer models are generally energy efficient. This will translate into
considerable savings and over the years the cost will be justified.