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Repair or Replace?

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Often, when appliances stop working, we wonder, "should I repair my appliance or buy a new one?" Once we have considered the difficulty of finding, waiting for, and paying a repairman we can trust, we answer this question by buying a new appliance. Although this does fix the problem, it is often not the best answer. The good news is that there is a repairperson you can trust, one who can solve a lot of your repair problems, and one who will save you a lot of money. This repairperson is you! That's right, you can fix a wide variety of appliance problems, saving you hundreds of dollars and hours of hassle. If you are leery of hiring a repairman, or you simply want to save money by repairing your appliance yourself, here are a few questions to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace your appliance.

  1. Could I make the repair myself?
  2. Is the appliance under warranty?
  3. Is this problem the fault of a defective part that has been recalled?
  4. How old is the appliance?
  5. What would a new appliance cost?
  6. Have I been looking to purchase a new appliance anyway?
  7. Could I get some money for my broken appliance?
  8. Have I considered that there may be removal, installation, or disposal charges associated with replacing my appliance? In addition, have you calculated the cost of tax?
  9. How difficult is it to replace the appliance? Is it a built into a difficult spot in the wall?
  10. What energy savings will I get with the new appliance?
  11. What additional features will I get with the new appliance?
  12. Do I want to have to learn how to use a new appliance?
  13. Could the damage to this appliance be covered under insurance?

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