Common Appliance Repairs To Expect
By Steven De Nazareth
Updated: June 4th, 2019
Whenever you invest in a new home appliance, the intention would be to get the best bang for your buck. This entails that your potential new fridge, HVAC, washer/dryer should be able to use your energy efficiency as well as last longer. So before you think you need to buy a new home appliance it’s best you know how long your appliance must last.
Here are some the most integral home appliances and their average lifespan:
Your regular refrigerator is a hard-working device. Rarely do they ever break down and if maintained well can serve you well over a decade. In fact, the refrigerators made in the 1920s to the 1950s are still around and are running today. The same cannot be said for the modern day refrigerator whose average lifespan is around 13 years. A direct purchasing tip when wanting a long lasting refrigerator would be to opt for a refrigerator.
Another added benefit of refrigerators are most of their parts are easily repaired or replaceable. You can always call in an repair service to come and replace the parts or repair your fridge. The most common parts of a fridge that breaks down and can be repaired quickly enough are:
- Fridge seal replacement
- New compressors
- Faulty thermostats
- Most cooling problems(failed or clogged condenser coils)
- Interior lights
- In the case of a damaged door, broken hinges and handles on a fridge, replacement parts for most models are easily available. The best thing about refrigerator repairs is that they are readily interchangeable and you can use parts from old refrigerators as well.
The lifespan of a good microwave is around nine years. During its years of use, it may require a lot of repairs in order to remain perfectly functional. Microwaves tend to break down often if not maintained or cleaned well. Some of the common issues that plague microwaves are:
- Microwaves not starting
- Inadequate heating of food
- The carousel that rotates your food for even heating stops working
- The interior light important for generating heat stops working
- The touchpad used for initiating commands malfunctions
- Sparks tend to fly within your microwave
All the above issues can be easily fixed for a low cost by an appliance repair service. Because they are quite easy to fix and maintain, your microwave can easily survive its lifespan and continue to serve you even after. Provided it is well maintained.
Ovens/Cooktops have two variants. One fueled by gas while the other being electric. That being said, their longevity is all based on the make and brand. Electric ovens usually have a lifespan of 13 years while gas-powered ovens can last for about 15 years. Like any other appliance, these too can be repaired or replaced via the proper services. With a little bit of maintenance, they can even surpass their lifespans. In order to make sure you extend the lifespan of your electric/gas powered oven you need to ensure you fix the following problems:
- Oven elements (heating lights, plates) that require repair or need replacing
- Hotplates becoming faulty
- Oven thermostats malfunction
- Interior lights stop working even after replacement of the bulb
- Fan motors slow down/clogs
- Faulty switches
- Another possible issue would be having to replace the glass on your oven door. Replacement of the handle and hinges is another common issue.
In terms of stoves, electric variants range have a life of 13-15 years of service while their gas counterpart will last you 15-17 years. It also depends how often your stove is used. If you’re a person who rarely cooks one stove is enough for your whole life. Just like any other appliance the lifespan of your oven and stove is all based on your usage habits.
A tip when it comes to buying a stove, opt for a vintage stove. A vintage stove does not have the high-end gadgetry and computer components and is very to easy to work with. A vintage stove can easily be repaired as well, with a lot of its spare parts being common and inexpensive.
A clothes washer lifespan can range from 3 to 10 years depending on how it’s been used and how often it’s used. However, a bit of maintenance and checks by proper repair services can ensure your washer working for more than a decade. Unless you have a very ancient washer or made from an obscure company, you can find most of its parts replaceable due to an abundance of them in major brands.
Below are the most common issues that plague and break down your clothes washer as well as the components that should be replaced.
- Belts on washers wear out
- The pressure system can fail
- There can be problems with the spin cycle. The washing machine may start to wobble.
- A blocked pump
- Door gaskets can get damaged
While the above issues are persistent to your clothes washer, the extent of repair needed is also based on the variant of your clothes washer. Clothes washer come in two types namely front load and top load.
Clothes dryers usually come as a combined appliance alongside a clothes washer. The dryer specifically is considered as one of the longer lasting home appliances. Lasting for around 20 years on average, they too need a chock full of repairs throughout their lifespan. Some of the most common repairs that plague dryers are
- Replacing hinges and doors
- Replacing or repairing interior lights
- Repair or replacement of the thermostat
- Repair or replacement of the heating element
These are common repairs. If your dryer isn’t working as it should, don’t replace it. An appliance repair service can fix the problem for you.
Dishwashers usually have a lifespan of about nine years. With proper maintenance and efficient use, it could last even longer. During its life, a dishwasher may encounter many problems, such as:
- Spray arms
- Blocked pumps
- Worn or broken belts
- Pressure system faults
- Worn door gaskets
- Heating faults
- Other washing faults
One handy thing about dishwashers is that most of its problems can be resolved with the help of a handyman. In rare cases, a dishwasher would require new parts which can be procured easily.
Heaters lifespan differ based on the type of variant. A Heater can be powered via electric, gas or hydroponic. Because of the delicate materials used, heaters can only be fixed by a professional. While there are many variants in water heaters, there are many editions of water heaters as well. For example, a ducted heater operates differently from a split system or portable heater.
A heater will last longer for you provided you periodically keep it clean and maintained. In order to do so, you as a homeowner should be varied of clogged ducts which have collected dust and other irritants. Even when you find no problems with your heater, it is advised that you get it serviced regularly. The purpose of having it serviced regularly is to spot any potential faulty parts and have it repaired before it affects other components of your heater. Draining the sediments that have collected at the bottom of your water heater is also a good strategy to ensure that your water heater does not get ruined.
HVAC systems by default are very expensive, so no matter how long they last, it won’t be long enough to fulfill its monetary value. From your HVAC system, your Central Air would last about 7-15 years, your furnace for 15 -25 years, Heat pump for 10-15 years depending on how you maintain them. Your boiler will last you around 40 years so you don’t have to worry about replacing it anytime in the near future. The same can be said if you have an electric radiant heater.
How Much Would You Spend on Maintenance
After discussing the lifespan of your appliances and the most common repairs you’d have to make to keep them running, let’s talk about costs. We know maintenance is a thankless and expensive task, so wouldn’t it be convenient to foresee how much you would be spending on maintenance? Well, you can! This Home Maintenance Calculator enables you to see how much you’d be spending on repairs for a given year. What’s more, this calculator enables you to see how much you’d be spending on repairs for the next 25 years!
Don’t fret if you’re distraught that you might be spending a lot of money on repairs throughout the years. The best solution would be to invest in a home warranty. A home warranty service ensures the protection of most of your home appliances for a year. The price for a home warranty is much lesser in comparison to paying for individual repairs for a year.
Now you must be thinking, what’s the best home warranty service for me? The answer to that question is at HomeWarrantyReviews.com. This has a detailed archive of all the top home warranty companies in America. Every home warranty company is presented with its features, price, and areas it caters to alongside a rating timeline. This rating timeline visually explains to you how the home warranty company has been faring for the past five years in the eyes of the public. All the ratings and reviews on Homewarrantyreviews.com are a transparent view of the company. All reviews and opinions of the companies listed are from actual users and homeowners.
Once you are satisfied with the home warranty service you want, you can easily enough ask for a quotation and begin negotiations with the respective home warranty company of your choice.
Of the major appliances in a home, gas ranges have the longest life expectancy: 15 years. Dryers and refrigerators last about 13 years. Some of the appliances with the shortest lifespan are compactors (6 years), dishwashers (9 years) and microwave ovens (9 years).
On average, most major appliances will last somewhere between 10 to 15 years. This will depend on how frequently you use them, how often you clean them and if you have regular maintenance performed (if/when needed). The cost of new appliances may depend on the brand and features.
Because small appliance repair can take less than an hour to complete, you may be charged a flat fee for repair services such as defrosting a fridge, changing connectors, etc.
Homeowners report that the average cost for appliance repair is $170 and most spend between $104 and $237. Usually, you would spend on these three things:
- The service fee
While gas ranges tend to last an average of 15 years, electric ones average about 13. To maintain your stove and oven, be sure to clean them regularly. Though washers last about 10 years, dryers typically live a solid 13 before needing to be replaced.
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