Appliance Repair or Replacement: When is it Time to Pull the Plug?

Appliance Repair or Replacement: When is it Time to Pull the Plug?

Home appliances have become essential tools helping us keep up with the demands of our busy Canadian lives. So, when one of our beloved appliances goes on the fritz, our daily routines can be uncomfortably disrupted. Getting that broken appliance -be it a dryer, fridge, or other electric friend needed to feed, clean, or clothe our family- up and running, suddenly becomes a top priority.

When an appliance breaks down, the decision to replace or repair it must be made. How do we know if it’s time to unplug the machine for good or, invest money in its resuscitation?

Often, replacement looks like the easiest option, but it’s not always the most economical. Before hauling your leaky fridge out onto the front lawn for scrap metal pick-up, consider the following to decide if appliance repair is a better option.

 Appliance Age

Appliances, like all machines, come with a life expectancy that also varies from one appliance to another. The most common appliance life expectancies are:

  • Refrigerator: 10 – 15 years
  • Dishwasher: 9 years
  • Washing Machine: 5 – 15 years
  • Dryer: 10 – 15 years
  • Oven/Range: 14 years
  • Microwave: 9

If the afflicted appliance is nearing it’s predicted expiration date, it may be time to check out the weekly flyers for appliance sales. However, if the machine is at it’s early or mid-life age, finding out appliance repair costs is a good idea.

Appliance Usage

Life expectancy ranges of appliances are based on standard tests done by the manufacturer and based on average, suggested use. They do not account for “unique” usages, or scenario’s outside their recommended operations.

If considerable wear and tear have caused damages to your appliance, replacement may not be the best answer. Investigate the costs of appliance repair and also, consider adopting a more gentle approach to operating your appliance in the future.

Repair Cost

The cost of an appliance repair should always to be considered when deciding to “fix” or “toss” the machine. A prevailing school of thought to that approach is: replace the appliance if the cost of repairments is more than fifty percent of the cost of replacement.

Pulling an appliance’s plug isn’t always the cheapest option. Often, regular maintenance and routine repairs can lengthen an appliance’s lifespan well past its expiration date. Consult an appliance repair company before sending your appliances to the scrapyard. If you are located in Winnipeg or the area, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 204-400-5544 and one of our expert technicians will come as soon as possible.

Customers Reviews

Matthew
Matthew
17:31 07 Aug 22
Lady on the phone is very friendly booked the appointment quick we got a notification on our phone that the tech is coming to fix our dryer after 1 hour our dryer is back and running! Great service
Jude Rhett
Jude Rhett
16:57 03 Aug 22
Freezer stopped working last Friday. we called city master they came ordered the original part for our freezer after few days our fridge is back and running like brand new! Will recommend
Mike Smith
Mike Smith
18:24 01 Aug 22
Very prompt service. Really appreciated receiving a confirmation email that provided the techs first name which to me gave me added security of who to expect at our home. Tech was thorough, explained the issues and provided options. Tech was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Mark Henry
Mark Henry
15:33 27 Jul 22
Wow. On time professional & knowledgeable guys. Also provided tips on how to use my appliance to last long .Would definitely Recommend.
Ronald Kelvin
Ronald Kelvin
17:11 25 Jul 22
Very professional approach to appliances. Kept in contact to let me know when the part was available and then quickly scheduled the repair few days after. Clean, friendly and communicative. Really worth using. Highly recommend! Awesome service
Paul X
Paul X
11:45 22 Jul 22
We had a service technician look at my faulty washing machine. He was extremely professional, and made sure to explain what was wrong with the unit. What I appreciate the most is that the Manager called to make sure I was satisfied with the service after the service call was done. Not many companies out there are truly there for the customer. Will recommend this company to everyone!
Danial Charles
Danial Charles
10:18 20 Jul 22
We are very pleased with James work on our dishwasher. He was very pleasant and courteous We recommend him!
Anderson
Anderson
18:52 19 Jul 22
We are very pleased with James work on our dishwasher. He was very pleasant and courteous We recommend him!
Deborah F
Deborah F
11:38 18 Jul 22
Used city master few times in the past every time they deliver outstanding service!
Levi Harrison
Levi Harrison
15:52 17 Jul 22
The technician arrived on time very knowledgeable and polite great experience very fast service!
Stonis Mark
Stonis Mark
18:30 16 Jul 22
Good customer service they fixed my washer same day repair will use them again for sure!
Virginia Lawrence
Virginia Lawrence
12:36 15 Jul 22
Great service! Super polite and knowledgeable. A pleasure to deal with.
Shauna Attardo
Shauna Attardo
21:57 16 Jun 22
This was my first time using this company. I will be booking all of my future appliance appointments with them now. The website and the online booking system were easy to understand and use. I got a call when the technician was on the way, although I missed it, and they still came out at the scheduled time. The technician was very friendly and knowledgeable about the product. I was given a few options for repair along with estimates emailed to me before he left the house. I was able to pay for the service call – which was very reasonable – on the spot. I highly recommend City Master Appliance!
John Milos
John Milos
00:44 01 Jun 22
The technician was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely put them at the top of my list next time something goes wrong.
Greg Ries
Greg Ries
14:57 17 May 22
Great guys, friendly service. They even return your calls. Being in the industry over 40 years, you see allot. Now with the internet it’s changed the market place. Now the dead beats who don’t want to pay the bill try and say things to hurt a business. Trying to squirm out of paying. Just pay your bills and quit being a Karren…Shannon
Miranda Davey
Miranda Davey
20:09 12 Apr 22
Easy to make an appointment. They where next day service. The guy that came to fix my dishwasher, explained and told me what he was doing and how he was going to fix it.
Christopher Nguyen
Christopher Nguyen
20:07 22 Mar 22
Great service and friendly technician. Fast and efficient!
JD Sheegl
JD Sheegl
21:12 10 Mar 22
I had a great experience with City Master. The service person came on time. Competitive rates. No complaints here.
Joe Ries
Joe Ries
10:22 18 Feb 22
Quality service! Great deals they deliver and work with you on the price! Will recommend