This post is sponsored by Service 2000.
I’m a big believer in buying appliances, that you have researched and if possible have an extended guarantee for. My dishwasher is definitely having a mid-life crisis, when we put it on last night just before we went to bed. The banging was so loud, I had to come back downstairs to check it hadn’t blown up!
So I decided to do a little research into what the advantages of repairing an appliance were, over buying a new one, as I can see this is what is just around the corner.
The first thing you need to check is, if your appliance (whether it be a dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, hob or oven) is still under guarantee or warranty. If not, in my opinion you need to weigh up three main factors.
1. The 50% Rule
If you have, for example Dishwasher (as I do) that is over 7 years old. You should ask yourself, is the cost of it going to be more that half the price of replacing it? I think if that is the case, it would make more sense to buy a new one. However if it less than this, and your appliance is fairly new, I would be more tempted to have it repaired.
2. Trust & Peace of Mind
I find this is the kind of service, that should be done by someone, or a company, that has been recommended to you. You need to ask around friends to find out who they used. The other thing to remember is once the part has been replaced, they usually come with an additional years warranty, so giving you peace of mind. I usually use the time to chat to the repairman to gleam hints and tips too. It wasn’t until I spoke to my local repairman that I realised that I lived in a hard water area, and needed to add salt and rinse aid into the my dishwasher, on top of what was in the dishwasher tablets, so increasing the life of my appliance.
We live in a very throw away society. We really should think of the impact of what we throw away. Many items like refrigerators are dumped into landfill, when really with a little research or calling out a repair man, you can solve the problem quickly and cheaply. Our Fridge Freezer has not been as cold as it should be, so we did a little research on the internet, and would you believe, it was because we were over filling the freezer that is above. So over the next couple of days, we used things up leaving lots of space, and the fridge is working again!
So, I’m off to ring a repair man, with my mysterious explosive dishwasher, wish me luck?