When your appliances just aren’t working as well as they used to, it could be time for an update. But how do you know whether they need to be serviced or replaced? Largely this will depend on the individual models and signs, but we can offer some basic tips to help you decide.
How Old are Your Appliances?
This is a good place to start because it has a lot to do with replacement. Most appliances have an average lifespan between 10 to 15 years. That being said, this time frame is just an average. Meaning, they could last longer or fail sooner—it all depends! If you use different pieces at different paces, don’t expect them all to wear at the same rate either.
Most experts recommend paying more attention to your appliances, though, once they hit that 10-year mark. Hopefully, you’ve had routine maintenance performed over the last several years to keep your machines in good working order. But, if not, now’s the perfect time to hire a qualified professional. They can come out, see what you’re working with, and make recommendations to keep your appliances going. Or maybe give you an estimate on how much time you have left.
Do You Need to Replace Them All?
Let’s say your worst-case scenario happens. Maybe your refrigerator is no longer staying cool and your dishwasher simply won’t turn on. In some cases, you can just replace a part or two. But if you’ve already had your appliances serviced—numerous times—and/or they no longer make those parts. It’s time to start shopping!
Would you shop for just the appliance(s) in question or an entire new suite? Again, individual answers will vary; however, there are advantages to buying in bulk. Especially for appliances that come in pairs, like your washer and dryer. If you bought them both at the same time, it’s likely that they’ll both give out around the same time. So, it’s generally a safe bet to replace them simultaneously.
When it comes down to the aesthetics, that’s a little trickier. This becomes more noticeable in your kitchen if you have different finishes. 20 years ago, everyone seemed to have white-faced appliances, but now stainless steel is everywhere! Is it really possible to upgrade them slowly? Sure! If you’re not afraid of a little DIY. Follow these tips to create the look of stainless steel without the price tag.
When it’s time to truly update your appliances, though, give us a call. We can help you choose and install new Energy Star models as part of a kitchen or laundry room makeover. At KCCS Construction, we’ll make upgrading your home easy!