Many homeowners consider the cost of their home’s appliances as simply the purchase price of each item. However, the true cost of an appliance isn’t only its price tag—this cost also includes the electricity required to power the appliance, as well as the cost of maintenance and repair in terms of both money and time. Keeping up with appliance maintenance and scheduling repairs as soon as they’re needed are two of the best ways to keep your appliances running efficiently for longer, allowing you to gain the most return on each valuable investment.
Your refrigerator is typically the most expensive appliance in your kitchen; it is also one of the most frequently-used appliances in your home. Cleaning your refrigerator regularly consists of wiping down the interior, cleaning off the rubber gasket around the door, and vacuuming underneath and behind the appliance. You can expect professional refrigerator maintenance to cost approximately $120 per year, which may include a professional inspection and replacement of the rubber gasket and other parts as they become worn. Keep in mind that some years, your refrigerator may need no repairs or replacements, while more systems may begin to fair or require attention as the appliance ages. The average lifetime of a refrigerator is 6-15 years; addressing issues and calling for repairs quickly will help your appliance reach the end of this range. Most refrigerator repairs will cost an average of $100; technicians recommend considering replacement once the cost of refrigerator repairs exceeds $400-$700.
Washer and Dryer
Washers and dryers are also some of the home’s most frequently-used appliances. Keeping these appliances clean means wiping out the drums and emptying your dryer’s lint trap after every load to prevent buildup that affects the appliance’s efficiency or presents a fire hazard. If possible, you should also clean your dryer’s exhaust vent regularly; your appliance repair and maintenance service can also perform this task for you. Regular maintenance of your washer also includes checking and replacing the water inlet hoses, which are the most common trouble area for this appliance. Replacing your hoses typically costs $50 or less every four to five years; this is a valuable step toward protecting your home from flooding. Average repairs for washers and dryers fall into the range of $100-$200; you need only consider replacing your appliances if repair costs exceed $400-$500. Most washers and dryers will last at least 8-12 years with regular maintenance and cleaning.
Dishwashers make cleanup after meals easier and more convenient. These appliances have little to no annual maintenance costs involved, as you can keep your dishwasher clean and maintained on your own. Check the inside of the appliance regularly and wipe away any food or debris; you can prevent drain line clogs by washing away food residue from plates before you put them in the dishwasher. Clean the door’s rubber gasket regularly and have it replaced whenever you notice wear and tear or leaking. Typical dishwasher repairs run around $100, but with proper care, this appliance will last eight to ten years. You’ll only need to consider replacing the appliance when the cost of repairs totals more than half the cost of a new unit.
In the vast majority of cases, appliance repairs are all you’ll need to keep your appliances running efficiently for years. You can find out more about our appliance repair solutions when you visit us on the web, or read through our blog articles for more information about appliance maintenance, care, and troubleshooting.