Every home owner has had a time when one of their major appliances failed to do as it should. At that time, you have only a few options. You can purchase a new one, have the old one repaired, or live without it. If the major appliance is a stove, refrigerator, washer, or dryer, you may not be able to live without it for very long. At that point, your options are narrowed down to only two, repair it or start new. That is also when you have to decide if it is really worth it to repair that appliance.

If you have a gas range that has a pilot lite on it and still works the way it should when the power goes out; you are going to save money on all possible repairs for it.  They are simple stoves that do not require a lot of parts to keep it in good working order. The same can be said for older style electric stoves that use elements. The burner may stop working, but most of the time it can be repaired by the owner instead of a repairman.

Electric dryers are also fairly basic to repair. They are the ones that do not have a lot of digital aspects. The parts for them are often inexpensive and there are very few wires inside of it when you open up the back. Freezers and window unit air conditioners are also in this group of appliances as easy and cheap to repair.

If you have an electronic or digital aspect to any of your appliances, you can expect to pay a lot more for repairing them. That is because the digital stuff has a lot more wiring and a lot more can potentially go wrong with it. For instance, self-cleaning ovens, stoves with a flat top range hood, and other things of that caliber are expensive to repair because they are very complicated. The one exception to this rule is the refrigerator. Even though most of them are not very complicated, the fridge is beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most expensive appliance to repair. A lot of things can go wrong with them and most often it does require expensive parts and the repair man spending a lot of time getting to the faulty part. It requires special tools and special knowledge. The end result is that it does truly become a matter of you may be better off to purchase new rather than repair old.

Having anything repaired is never cheap. It does not matter what it is. You have to pay for parts, you have to pay for the repairman’s labor, and you have to pay for their knowledge. All of this adds up to some pretty large numbers, but when you are in need of their services, it could be worth every penny that you spend and not all repairmen will charge the same thing. That is why you need to find out how much appliance repairs will cost in general around where you live.

Most repairmen who work on appliances charge per hour that they must spend working on your appliance. Some may charge as much as $90 for that hour. They may also charge a service fee for traveling to your home. Parts are then included on top of those figures. According to most people, an average single appliance repair costs around $167. This is not cheap, but it does make it a lot cheaper than purchasing a new appliance. However, this total is not all inclusive. Some repairs and some parts may cost more than that without adding in the extra fees from your repairman. That is why it is important that you find out how much the repairman will charge you before they start working. Ask about how much for the parts and have them break down other fees that may be attached to it.

When you are calling around for a price quote, you should try to avoid large companies. They will most likely charge you more for any services that they provide. You are better off hiring a local repairman who depends only on the people in your area or one that works on repairs as a side job to bring in a little extra. They will provide you with the best deals available. They may also talk to you honestly about issues that could be next with your appliance and help you to decide if you need a new appliance.

Regardless of who you choose to hire for the repairs, there are a few things you need to know about them beforehand. You should ask them if they guarantee in writing any work that they do. You should find out whether they cover damages if the repair does not go as planned. Do they accept credit cards or cash only and make sure that they will not give your private information to others? Beyond that, they will ask you about your appliance and what it is doing before they show up for the repair. If they don’t, you may not be dealing with a legitimate repairman.

At some point, appliances will fail you. It is a guaranteed fact that appliances are not going to last forever. When one of your major appliances fails, you have to ask yourself whether you want to repair it or trash it for a newer one. This is not a decision that is easy to make. It could cost you a lot of money either way you go. However, there are a few things to consider before you make your final decision. To help you, here are a few tips on how to decide if you should repair an appliance or upgrade it.

If you have a new appliance that has decided it does not want to work properly, you may want to consider how much it would cost to repair it. Most new appliances do start to have issues once the warranty wears off. You need to call around to local repairmen and find out how much it will cost to repair it. Then compare that price to how much it would cost to replace it. If the repair cost is close to the price of new, you may be better off to bite the bullet and purchase new. That way, you will get another warranty and perhaps you can apply for an extended warranty to ensure that it does not happen again. However, if the price to repair is only $100 and you paid $500 for it, you may choose to spend a hundred and save the other four.

If you have an older appliance, upgrading is always a great option. Old appliances are not as energy efficient as newer ones. Parts for them may be expensive because they are harder to find for most repairmen. If you are not financially able to handle the purchase of a new replacement appliance, you can still call around and find out what your best option may be, but as a general rule, you will actually save money by investing in a newer appliance. If an appliance is over 5 years old or so, you have to consider how much it could be raising your power bill each month. If your broken appliance is a refrigerator or something similar, you also have to consider that once issues start happening to it, they may continue and you will save money in the long run by upgrading now instead of paying the repair costs every couple months or so.