Should I Repair or Replace My Broken Appliance?

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linda Prin

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I usually trust a professional better than myself, but these tips are so useful for home care of our new fridge. I have been having some electrical/engineering problems I think though so I just un-plugged it and it seems to work nicely now. Thank you for helping me do what is best for my appliance.

Bob Meadows

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On the subject of "Repair" or "Replace", I'd like to throw my 2 cents in. I've been an appliance repair technician for over 30 years now. (I just realized that makes me sound old) When I first got into the business in 1980, appliances were made to last. It was important to the manufactures that their product was reliable. Refrigerator compressors were built so strong they would last 30 plus years. I would see customers using the same washer & dryer for 20 years or more. Quality mattered back then. As time passed, I noticed that the quality was going down. Manufactures started caring more about money than quality. After all, save 5.00 on building a dishwasher and they would make an extra 5 million dollars when 1 million were sold. I understand that they needed to make appliances more energy efficient but I also know they could have built them to last. My point to all of this is, buying new should not be your first thought when an appliance breaks down. Most of the time you'll be getting something inferior to what you have right now. Find an honest appliance repair service and have them check out your broken appliance to see if repairing it would be the best move. Most of the time, it would be.

-Bob Meadows/B&D Appliance Repair Service/Palmdale, CA

Richard

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Even newer appliances have problems, some minor some major. Life expectency? well frankly some older appliances are better built then newer ones. So do not be suprized if the older one lasted the newer one. When repair is needed on the newer computer controlled appliances. Parts do wear out and the newer ones have cheap parts in them. Parts that should be of metal are of plastic, like cars hehe. Well serious, Appliances all break down, its just a question of if cost effective to repair or replace of it. Depending of the repair cost.

Francesca

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I bought extra stoves for parts IF needed as I LOVE my 1967 Frididaire Flair range with the raise up oven doors not available anymore.So yes I fix all that breaks & not much does. Very well built.

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If the ducts are venting through a window I'm assuming the duct work is all easily accessible.  Lowe's and Home Depot sell a cleaning kit that uses an electric drill to spin the brush as it goes through the ductwork.  I've found it to work quite well and you can do it yourself.  It may take a few passes the first time to get everything out if it has been a while since it was last cleaned.  Just make sure you get all of the loose lint out after running the brush through from both ends and you're good to go.  Please note that if the line is not hard but rather a flex duct line you can easily puncture a whole in it with this kit and will do better to clean it by hand.

Todd Shell
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Since you asked this question over a year ago, I'm pretty sure you've already made your decision but I'd like to offer you some advice.  You mentioned your husband vacuumed the coils and it worked for a couple more weeks.  Chances are the condenser coils were very dirty when he did this.  When refrigerator condenser coils are dirty, the compressor overheats and heat will cause a compressor to fail prematurely.  You should vacuum or blow out your condenser coils regularly.  Today's refrigerator compressors are not made to last like they were in the past.  I remember when it wasn't unusual for a compressor to last 30 years.  You won't see that happen with the way refrigerator compressors are made today.  Regular cleaning of your condenser coils is crucial in preventing premature failure of your compressor.  For more tips, check out my article here on Angie's list titled "How To Avoid Appliance Repairs"

 

-Bob Meadows/B&D Appliance Repair Service/Palmdale, CA

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As stated above, it can vary between companies.

 

Typically just an inspection implies you do not have a contract or agreement that may include discounts or free repairs.

 

With our company you would get the annual maintenace service that you should do every year, and if repairs are needed, they are extra, but you aviod paying a "service call charge" that would be related to most repairs, because you are paying for the "inspection" and we are already on site.

 

Inspections are often discounted in the slow seasons, and can usually be found advertised , at reduced prices , on Angie's List.

 

So consider Angie's List and find the best of the best in HVAC contractors!

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It's worth having a qualified appliance tech take a look to find out the cost to repair it. Since the refrigerator side works, it's not likely the compressor or the coil. Could just be the fan switch on the door.