This question comes up a lot from clients that call in to book an appointment, should repairs be done or would it be better to buy a new appliance? Unfortunately without examining an appliance first hand it’s hard to say what should be done but here are a few things to look for that applies to all appliances.
Is there rust on the appliance? Little flecks here or there aren’t a big issue but bear in mind that the rust will only grow after the protective coating is gone. Patches will only get bigger and if it’s an appliance you cook food on rust is not something you want to ingest. There can also be issues with rust on the internal wiring so if you have large patches on the outside there is probably damage to the inside as well. Wiring can be redone by an appliance repair technician but they will need to see how much needs to be replaced before they can offer advice on repairs or replacement.
Bad odors aren’t necessarily a deal breaker, often the smell is just form moving parts rubbing or dust getting burned when something heats up. Here are a few examples of major appliances where a bad smell isn’t a sign you need to replace them: Washing machines can pick up a bit of a funky odor just from being run if they aren’t cleaned out often. Refrigerators and dryers can have an odd burning smell happen when too much dust accumulates on the back. Dishwashers can have food get stuck on the heating element in the bottom which will burn when it heats up. Stoves, cooktops, and ranges can all have food stuck on any number of surfaces and cause bad odors when heating up. So a bad smell shouldn’t cause a rush to buy a new appliance, more often than not maintenance is just needed.
Older appliances can be hard to find parts for but there’s a trade off with this: We almost always recommend that older appliances be repaired if it is possible to do so because modern day designs don’t seem to last as long as models that were made 10 years ago or even older ones. So it comes down to what exactly is causing the problem with the appliance and if that part can be replaced, or possibly refurbished by a specialist, to get it working again.
This will also depend on exactly which appliance we are talking about but here are a few examples of definite replacements. Dishwashers: if the inside of the dishwasher itself is cracked you want to buy a new one; you cannot replace the tub and fixing them rarely works for long. Washing Machines: If the drum or tub of the washer is dented or cracked you might as well get a new one; the part is very expensive and a technician will need to disassemble the entire machine to replace so labour tends to be very high. Cracks to individual parts like a lint filter in a dryer or the trays in a refrigerator can be replaced with ease.