It is a common thing to suddenly realize that your dishwasher or refrigerator is suddenly not working. The dishwasher is not nearly as annoying as the refrigerator because you can wash your own dishes but you cannot preserve your own food. One of the first things people think of when their big ticket appliance breaks down is replacing it. But that can cost hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars. Before you spend the money on new appliance, you should take the necessary steps to see if you can save that money and still have the use of your major appliance. Sometimes the alternatives can be much better than buying a brand new unit.
Sometimes people justify buying a brand new unit because a new unit is going to have a warranty on it. But what most people forget is that the current unit they have may still be under warranty and the repairs may be free. Think back to when you bought your appliance. Did you get the extended warranty? One of the best ways to save money on major appliance repair is to invest in the extended warranty and be covered by that service for that extra period of time. Those additional years for a relatively low cost can help save you thousands of dollars later on down the road. Check with the manufacturer to see if your warranty is still in effect and save the money on a new purchase.
Another common justification people use to buy new appliances when the existing appliances break down is that calling a repair technician will be more expensive than buying a new one. Nothing could be further from the truth. While a certified repair technician will charge you for the service call if your unit is not under warranty, that service call is still only a small investment towards determining what your next move will be. Even if your appliance costs $300 to fix, that is still much better than going out and investing $1,000 or more in a new unit. The other benefit is that the repaired unit will give you years of service and save you even more money.
When your major appliance breaks down, that does not need to be the beginning of an expensive process. There are several things you can do to get your unit repaired that can save you a lot of money now and in the future.