When to replace major home appliances.
No one buys a French door refrigerator as a mid-life crisis. Yet, major home appliances often cost a significant amount of money and aren’t guaranteed to last forever. These essential home appliances are important to keep in good condition so that they can last you as long as possible. At some point, however, every major appliance will need to be upgraded or replaced. The key is knowing how to recognize when each appliance is on the way out so you can start shopping for new appliances.
There are many refrigerator models, and it’s important to consider your needs before splashing out on this appliance. On average, a good refrigerator will last around 12 years. Because it stores and preserves food and drink for consumption, it is considered one of the most important kitchen appliances, and it’s important to keep it in good shape. Look out for common signs that indicate a fridge is on its way out:
- Food doesn’t stay cold
- Excessive condensation inside the fridge and on the outside of the door
- The exterior is hot to touch and/or the motor is constantly running
You can expect to replace your dishwasher every eight to 10 years. These machines are ideal for cleaning a large amount of dishes, but it’s important you pay attention to when this machine is not operating at its best. These issues indicate that your dishwasher isn’t working correctly:
- Turns off in the middle of the cycle
- Won’t fill completely with water or doesn’t drain completely
- Strange/loud noises coming from the dishwasher when it’s operating – this could mean the motor or pump needs to be replaced
Both your washer and dryer have an average lifespan of eight to 12 years. Simple tasks such as regularly cleaning the lint trap and ducts in your dryer can help prolong its longevity and overall performance, as well as reducing the risk of a fire hazard. Here’s how to know if it’s time for a new washer and dryer:
- Washer leaks or the drum won’t completely fill up with water
- Dryer doesn’t get clothes dry or has caught fire (could mean wiring is faulty due to dry, cracked or peeling plastic coating around the wires)
- Either appliance moves or makes excessive noise during its cycle
Keeping your home appliances in good condition can help you avoid making home insurance claims. Ensure that you have the optimum coverage by visiting the professionals at Sausman Insurance Agency. Our team is here to help you protect your home in Mifflintown, Millersburg, Lewistown, and beyond.