When I was young appliances were made to last a lot longer. When it broke, you called the repairman. Now day, however, it is sometimes more financially smart to recycle the old one & purchase a new one. Though the costs involved may not be welcome in our monthly budget, paying 40% of the appliances value & having it last just a few more months, may not be the best choice either.
So how do you know when to fix it & when to start shopping? With more energy efficient appliances as well as rebates, it can be hard to know which way to go some times. A website by Dan O’Neill, Appliance411.com can help you decide.
The web site has a lot of well-organized information even if you have to dig a bit. And most of it worth reading at some point just so you know where to go when your appliance starts making an odd noise. For example, Dan advise on who to call, ways to save money, what you need to know about rebates & recycling & maintenance tips for your appliances that can help you extend their life. Well worth bookmarking!