One of the most common questions surrounding your appliances is “How long should it last?” People seem to be under the impression that an appliance has a definite lifespan and that once its “life expectancy” is reached, it should be replaced. This disregards the brand, maintenance, and other life-extending factors that affect the lifespan of an appliance.
An appliance, as a whole, cannot be assigned a life expectancy. Rather, an appliance’s lifespan should be seen as the collective life expectancy of all of its parts (and there are hundreds). In reality, the term appliance life expectancy is quite ambiguous and can be misleading to the average consumer. This term has been overused by marketers to get you thinking about a replacement appliance before you really need one. After reading this though, you’ll have a little more information in your arsenal than the average consumer.
First, it is important to acknowledge that anything can be repaired for a cost. The cost can vary greatly, but a repair can be made. Keep in mind that an appliance does not die, but one of its internal parts breaks. Your leading appliance repair, Dependable Refrigeration, LLC can usually repair this cost-effectively.
Instead of asking “How long will my appliance last?” the model that one should use to evaluate the longevity of an appliance is the appliance half-life. This is defined as the number of years after which it would not be cost-effective to repair half of the appliances in a group. For example, if the half-life of all refrigerators were 15 Years, then in a group of 10 refrigerators that are 15 Years old, it would only be cost-effective to repair five of them. The remaining five would be too deteriorated to repair at a reasonable cost.
Let us, your leading appliance repair service, guide you on this issue by using the following table, which lists the appliance half-life for several types of major appliances. To use this table, suppose you have a 10 year-old microwave that breaks. You look up its half-life, which is nine years, and understand that there is slightly less than a 50% chance of making a successful repair. Knowing this, you can make a more informed decision regarding whether to replace the microwave or repair it. However, if your microwave is only seven years old, your chances for a successful repair are greater than 50% and you should feel confident in calling Dependable Refrigeration, LLC to repair your appliance.
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