Repair or Renew, Weighing Options for Your Washing Machine

Repair or Renew, Weighing Options for Your Washing Machine

Facing a malfunctioning washing machine, you might be contemplating whether to opt for repairs or invest in a new one. We're here to guide you through this decision-making process with practical tips and advice. Key factors such as repair costs and the age of your washer should be considered when determining whether to repair or replace the appliance.

Is it Worth Repairing a Washing Machine?

Evaluate these crucial factors when making the repair or replace decision for your washer:

  • • How old is your washer?
  • • How frequently do you use your washer?
  • • What is the cost of repairing the washer?
  • • How much does a new washing machine cost?

When Should I Replace my Washer Instead of Repairing it?

Recognize these common signs indicating it might be time to replace your washer rather than opting for repairs:

  • • Your washer is older than 10 years.
  • • Safety issues are present with your washer.
  • • Your washer lacks energy efficiency.
  • • The washer is leaking water.

Continue reading for additional information and expert insights to help you decide whether to repair or replace your washer.

How Old is Your Washer?

To initiate the repair/replace decision, consider the following key information: The average lifespan of a washer is 12 to 15 years.

Repairing a few-year-old washer usually pays off, ensuring many more years of service. Conversely, replacing a 15-year-old washer makes sense, as repairing it might lead to subsequent repairs soon. If your washer falls in the 6 to 8-year range, halfway through its expected life, weigh the factors carefully when deciding whether to repair or replace.

How Often Do You Use Your Washer?

If your washer handles few loads each week, it can outlast the average lifespan, especially with proper cleaning and maintenance. In such cases, a middle-aged washer can be expected to last another 8 to 10 years, making repairs a viable option. However, heavy usage over more than 8 years may signal the machine's shorter-than-average lifespan, making replacement the more practical choice.

How Much Does the Washer Repair Cost?

The estimated repair cost is a significant factor when deciding to repair or replace a washing machine midway through its expected life. Appliance Solutions' trained appliance repair technicians can assist in this decision by providing repair estimates. Major repairs such as a new motor, tub, or transmission may often make replacement a better option, especially if the repair cost exceeds half the price of a new washer. For minor failures in a well-maintained washer with over 8 years of expected useful life, repairing is usually more economical than replacement.

How Much Does a New Washer Cost?

Consider the cost of a new machine when deciding whether to repair or replace your washer. For a less expensive middle-aged washer, replacement might be more economical in case of breakdowns. While the initial cost may be higher than a repair, a new washer typically comes with newer technology and additional features. High-end washers may justify minor repairs, but major repairs might still be more economical than replacing them with another high-end washer.

Common Signs it’s Time for a New Washer

As your washing machine ages, signs of wear, inefficiency, or malfunction may emerge. Here are some common indicators suggesting it's time to replace your washer:

  • • Your washer is 10 years or older.
  • • Safety issues such as excessive vibration or sparking wires arise.
  • • The washer lacks energy efficiency, leading to decreased cleaning effectiveness.
  • • Water leakage, especially from the bottom, indicates internal seal or hose problems. Repairing these issues might be costly, making it more practical to invest in a new washer.

Get Washing Machine Repair You Can Trust

When the need arises to repair your washing machine, schedule an appointment with Appliance Solutions. Same-day and next-day appointments are available in some areas, providing reliable and trusted washing machine repair services.