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How To Decide If Repairing Or Replacing Your Washing Machine Is Right For You

Is your washing machine on its last legs? Are you considering buying a new washing machine to replace it? With some appliances, like washing machines, people will sometimes buy a new one even if it's not strictly necessary. They don't realize that fixing the washing machine is also a viable option for their situation. If you're not sure that washing machine repair is right for you, here are some factors that will help you decide.

Cost: One of the biggest reasons to repair a washing machine, instead of replacing it, is the price tag. A new washing machine can cost hundreds of dollars, not counting any delivery fees and the fee for hauling away your old washer. On the other hand, the washing machine repair bill might be less than a hundred dollars for a relatively minor part, even with the cost of labor added to the bill. But the older a washing machine is, the more expensive it might be to repair. If the parts aren't readily available, the repair costs might start to approach the price of simply buying a new machine. Getting a repair estimate will help you to decide whether it's worth it to repair or if you want to replace the machine.

Warranty: Consider not only the original warranty that came with the machine but also any additional warranties that you may have purchased. This often takes the form of an extended warranty that was purchased directly from the appliance store, but you may also have a home warranty that covers things like washing machine repair. Your homeowners or renters insurance may also offer some sort of warranty plan. If you have either of those, your repair might very well be free or nearly free. Should this be the case, repair is likely to be your best option. 

Age: The older any appliance gets, the more likely it is to break down. When your machine is less than ten years old, repair is going to be your best option. On the other hand, if your washing machine is approaching its tenth birthday and your last washing machine repair was less than six months ago, it might be time to consider a replacement. If you don't currently have the money to replace your washing machine, one more repair might be able to tide you over so that you can set aside money for a new washer.