So do I repair or replace? That is a question I get a lot. The way I look at it is, of course depending on unit and manufacturer, is any time the cost of repair exceeds 1/2 the cost to replace a unit it is time to consider replacement. I never want to make that decision for a customer but always let them know what I feel at the time. I am happy to repair any repairable unit if the customer desires. Often times if it's an older unit that I know will last with the repair I will also state that it may be better to repair.
If you decide to purchase a new unit, what do you buy? That is a question I get often. The issue today is that you may buy an appliance that says Kenmore on the front which leads you to think its a Sears or Whirlpool product, but you may be very wrong. Kenmore is only a label and the unit could be an LG, Frigidaire, Whirlpool or who knows. This is an issue many consumers have run into. Many companies have used their label on units built by other companies for a while now. For instance, Samsung built refrigerators and other appliances have had GE labels on them for over 6 years now. So the customer thinks they are getting an American made quality product but end up with a not so quality Samsung unit, for example.
So what does a customer do? I get many calls asking what to buy. I always say to stick with Whirlpool or Maytag, for now, they are the only ones I have seen that have not put their label on another manufacturers unit. Not to say it won't happen, just havn't seen it yet. I am always happy to answer a question about any unit if someone wants to call and ask as well.
I hope this will help someone make a decision at some point. We do svc all areas from W St Louis, St Charles, Lincoln. And Warren Counties."
The National Association of Home Builders, gives us an average life span of various home appliances:
* Dish Washer - 9 years
* Dryer - 13 years
* Garbage disposal - 12 years
* Microwave - 9 years
* Refrigerator - 13 years
* Stove - 14 years
* Washer - 10 years