Replace or Not

Replace or Not to Replace? – That is the Question.

Whether tis nobler to repair what may have cost you an outrageous fortune or to take arms against compressor troubles and by calling the Junk Guys end them.

As Easter is upon us you may be thinking about purchasing a couple of turkeys on sale to have on hand for later.  Easter, turkey, freezer, is that aging fridge or freezer going to make it until next Easter?  Is it better to replace it now than have it die during a heat wave this August?   If you have been considering replacing an aging appliance, now may be as good a time as any. Previous year’s models that didn’t get sold during either black Friday or Boxing Week sales are taking up space in warehouses and show rooms.  So if you don’t have to have matching appliances, or the very latest style, you are in a position to save money on a new appliance.

Before you get your heart set on a new appliance however, consider whether you areKitchen Appliance Garbage better off repairing or replacing.  Repairs can be rather expensive, especially when you’re dealing with a large appliance like a washer, dryer, dishwasher, or refrigerator. It is important to carefully compare and contrast the cost of purchasing a new appliance versus having it repaired – maybe more than once.

If you have an appliance repair technician you trust, it is particularly helpful if you can provide the make and model as well as a brief history of the appliance.  An ethical and experienced technician can weigh the pros and cons for you and help guide you in your decision making. There are also online forums that can be excellent sources of information.  If you educate yourself a little bit, you can avoid breaking your wallet on a repair or replacement that is overpriced or non-essential.

When to Repair an Appliance

If you have recently invested a great deal of money in a new appliance, and it begins to act up, a repair may be the best option. Old appliances in need of repair may require specialized parts, and in many cases, it may be better to purchase a new dishwasher or refrigerator rather than getting your old one repaired. If you receive a price quote for a repair, compare it to the price of replacement options to see what’s right for you. Also, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion on a repair to ensure you’re getting the best price possible.  Most reputable appliance repair technicians use the National Major Appliance Price Guide and repairs are done on a flat-rate basis rather than by the hour.

When to Buy New

When the price of replacement parts and labour seems too high or your appliance is reaching the end of its life, it’s probably best to purchase a new one.  You get up-to-date technology as well as the manufacturer’s warranty.  If your appliance has broken down or had repeat problems in the past, it may indicate that it is reaching the end of its lifespan. Replacing your old refrigerator or dishwasher with an Energy Star alternative is a great option. In general, Energy Star appliances are more efficient and can save you money on utility costs in the long run, which further compensates you for the investment. But this isn’t always the case.  Sometimes for example, an older freezer can be more energy efficient than a new one.  Older freezers, while having larger compressors requiring more electricity to run, are very well insulated and may run less frequently than newer, lighter models. However, no appliance is designed to operate forever and eventually all of them need to be replaced.

Ask a Professional

If you are uncertain about appliance repair or getting it replaced, contact one or more local professionals for advice. Receiving several quotes on repair or new installations is also a very good idea. If you end up requiring a repair or new installation, an expert will be able to ensure everything is working properly, so it is important to communicate with an experienced technician you know and trust.

Appliance repair or replacement can both be expensive investments. By knowing when to repair an appliance, purchase a new one or defer to expert advice, it becomes much easier to avoid wasting money on unnecessary repairs or replacements.

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Gord Haines is a journeyman appliance technician with over 25 years of experience.

Contact Gord’s Appliance for repair and servicing of all your residential appliances.

6 Simple Ways to Maintain your Dishwasher

6 Simple Ways to Maintain your Dishwasher

The dishwasher is a beautiful thing; so convenient, such a time saver, such a great place to hide your mess when company comes.  To help keep it running tip top and avoid that unpleasant gunky, gooky, yucky mess, here are 5 simple little tips.Empty dishwasher

1)      Read the manual. Most dishwashers have a recommended heat temperature that the dishwasher should be run at to keep it in fine form. Use a thermometer to find out if the temperature is appropriate. If the water is not getting hot enough you can run the tap till the water runs steamy hot in the sink prior to starting the dishwasher

2)      Refill the dishwasher rinse dispenser once a month. Find a rinse aid and follow the instructions on the package to use properly. However if you use a water softener it is not recommended to use a rinse aid. Also some dishwasher detergents have a rinse aid in them, so if you have trouble remembering to rinse once a month this could be a better option for you.

3)      Mold and mildew your problem? Put 1 TBSP of bleach in the detergent container when the machine is empty and run the dishwasher on a normal cycle. Keep in mind to never mix bleach with other cleaners and detergents and do not use bleach if the outside or inside of your dishwasher is stainless steel.

  • Also for mold and mildew, leave the door open slightly after each cycle to dry it out.

4)      For discoloration and scale clean the dishwasher with one half container of orange tang mix. The citric acid helps loosen up hard water deposits and remove clean scale. Run the machine with tang on a regular cycle.

5)      With the dishwasher empty put a cup full of vinegar on the top rack and run a cycle on the hottest setting possible. When the cycle is done sprinkle baking soda on the inside of the door and run a shorter but just as hot cycle. This will do a surface clean of your whole dishwasher.

6)      Use a product such as Affresh on a regular basis.  To learn more, see our blog entitled “Calgary Hard Water & Dishwashers

Bonus Tip: Follow the manual to take a part arms and moving bits to clean each part individually for an all over deep clean.

As with all of your household appliances, a little TLC for your dishwasher goes a long way.  We welcome your comments.  If you have any helpful maintenance tips you would like to share, it would be great to hear from you.

Gords Appliance


Gord Haines is a journeyman appliance technician with over 25 years of experience.

Contact Gord’s Appliance for repair and servicing of all your residential appliances.