Should You Repair or Replace Your Appliance?

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No so many years ago, the majority of appliances and electronic gadgets were promoted largely around claims of how dependable they were. Slogans like “The only stove you will need for 20 years” were not uncommon. When things broke down, you took them to the local authorized repair person.

This was a good approach for most people and certainly for the environment. However, with the rise of cheap manufacturing in countries like China, the emphasis has shifted. While we should be thinking about having things last longer than ever for the sake of the planet, we instead now have a culture where things are made and sold cheaply, and do not last much beyond the terms of the warranty.

This makes do-it-yourself repairs a challenge for some items as they were never really intended to be repaired in the first place. Similarly, the number of properly experienced repair persons has also declined, so that may not even be an option for some people.

If repairs are possible, take price into account. Should the repair be the same as the cost of an entirely new item, then you might as well go the latter route. However, if the price is only about half the cost of a new one, then it becomes a bit more difficult to decide.

Older appliances are often more dependable, so it’s good to keep them around. However, as the years pass, parts can get harder to find. Also, technological advantages may be such that newer models become hard to pass up, even if they won’t have the same lifespan.

In the end, it is necessary to weigh all options and decide what works for you. More and more people are opting for convenience and that means you will see more and more older appliances heading to the dump, which is a shame and unfortunate for Mother Earth.

Written by Brittany

April 18th, 2018 at 10:05 pm

Posted in General

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