FIX OR NIX
SHOULD YOU REPAIR AN OLD APPLIANCE OR REPLACE IT?
REPAIRING OR REPLACING?
FACTORY-TRAINED AND CERTIFIED TECHNICIANS
But what if your appliance is only 10 years old and still does the job? You may not want to replace it because you and your family have gotten used to it and, when it works, it does the job that you need it to do. The best place to start is by paying for a service call from a certified technician. These service calls are an insignificant investment compared to the potential cost of replacing your appliance. If you pay for a $77.95-$87.95 service call to find out that your appliance only needs $125 in repairs to work like new again, then that was well worth the investment. But even if you find out that the repair bill will be more than a new unit would cost, it was still worth it to find out.
When it comes to deciding whether to repair or replace your major appliance, the decision can hinge on several things. In the end, you need to make the decision that makes the most sense for you and your family.
GETTING AN ESTIMATE
You can get a technician from A-Tech Appliance Parts & Service to evaluate the cost to repair your appliance. A service call is a minor expense compared to what you may be paying for a new model not knowing that repairing your old appliance is significantly cheaper than purchasing a new one.
Either way, getting a clear idea on how much it’s gonna be to repair your appliance versus how much a new one would cost will most likely what helps you make your decision.
DIAGNOSING THE PROBLEM
When an appliance stops working, the first thing to do is to find out exactly what’s wrong. A good place to begin looking for answers is the manufacturer’s manual for the appliance. This guide often contains basic troubleshooting information that can help you pinpoint the primary concern. If you don’t have the owner’s manual, you can often find similar information on the Internet. If your appliance is covered by the manufacturer’s warranty or an additional home protection plan, contact the warranty company before you attempt any self-repair work.
CALLING IN THE PROFESSIONALS
If you can’t diagnose the problem yourself, it’s time to get an expert’s opinion. A-Tech Appliance Service is willing to send experienced technicians to your home to evaluate the malfunction. You’ll have to pay for this visit, but you’re not obligated to agree to the cost of the proposed repair work. Even if you don’t follow up with the recommended repairs, the evaluation is a good starting point for you to assess the value of repairing the appliance. If the work is simple, you may be able to do it yourself for a lot less than the repair estimate.