Do You Need To Repair Or Replace Your Appliance?

When you’ve had an appliance for a number of years and it isn’t working efficiently, it’s easy to decide to buy a new machine rather than repair it, but appliances often break before the estimated lifespan, making the decision whether to repair or replace harder.

If you’ve got some coin, then replacing with a new, energy-efficient model might be the answer, but as so often with today, money might be tight and therefore you may opt to repair the appliance.


That’s a lot of ifs, and the repair-or-replace dilemma is often hard to resolve. Below are some guidelines that could help you decide.

Is It Actually Broken?

Before any drastic decisions are made, make sure of the following:

·         The appliance is plugged in.

·         Circuit breakers haven’t tripped.

·         Flooring hasn’t become uneven, which can stop some appliances from turning on.


·         Vents and filters aren’t clogged with lint and dust.

Is It Really the End?

Appliances have an average lifespan. These differ, but the typical lifespan after which the machine is running on borrowed time. The closer your appliance is to this timespan, the wiser it is to replace, rather than repair.

Take a look at the typical lifespans of major appliances...



Average Lifespan (Years)







Exhaust Fan






Cooker Electric


Cooker Gas








DIY Whenever Possible

If your appliance is younger than the lifespans above, you may be able to make simple appliance repairs yourself and save labour fees. YouTube has lots of repair videos, and user manuals can help you troubleshoot if necessary.

If you can’t find your manual, do a search online for “manual” along with your appliance brand and model number. Most manufacturers provide free downloadable PDFs, with some specialized websites providing free help.

Hidden Costs When Replacing Old Appliances?

Be sure to measure accurately - A new appliance may not fit in the old spot.


You could have to modify cabinetry to fit the new appliance.

·    Gas ovens etc will save money only if your home already has gas connections. If not, you could spend thousands bringing a gas line into your home or hundreds rerouting the lines you already have.

If you decide to go down the route of repairing your appliance, be sure to choose Spares4Appliances where we can offer competitive prices on a range of appliance parts to suite all your needs.

Unsure of what part you need? Contact our technical team with your appliance details and we can guide you!

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