Friday, April 20, 2012

Consumer Question: Replacing "old" Appliances

Q: Hi, Joe,

We built our home 19 years ago and had new appliances at that time. Other than replacing the microwave and hot water heater, all are still working fine. According to average life of appliances, all of the rest of the appliances should be ready to replace. Do we wait until they die or look to replace sooner even though they seem to work fine? 

Thank you,

A: Hi, Sally,

Thanks for your note.

Back then they made appliances to last 20 years or more. That is not true today. Now you can expect half the life span of yesteryear! I suggest you keep what you have until a repair bill would be too expensive.


Joe Gagnon

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