Why Having Your 25-Year-Old Washer Repaired Is A Good Idea

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Fred's Appliance
January 19, 2017

For many people searching for homes, appliances tend to be included in the purchase. So when you buy an older home, chances are you may also be buying older appliances. If they function, there is no sense (and often no money) in buying a new one.

Before you know it, you end up with an outdated but still functioning washing machine. You appreciate that your 25-year-old washing machine doesn’t have all the same fancy bells and whistles as new models, but still functions perfectly. But what happens if your machine breaks? Well, in that case, it’s a good idea to have professionals come in and perform a washer repair.

Why Repair Instead Of Replace?

You may find this shocking, but older appliances like washers and dryers are more robust and last longer than newer appliances.  The answer is simple: cost. Over the years, companies have found newer and more inexpensive ways to produce washer and dryers. Although they may offer more options for washing and drying cycles along with a variety of sensors that can detect amounts of clothes and smart technology, they also come with less robust components.

What Happens When Your Washer Breaks?

With older appliances, it’s quite common to find that your old washing machine isn’t working properly. All of a sudden, the rinse and spin cycle isn’t working and the clothes aren’t being spun dry at the end of the cycle.

Some people may think “Eureka, it’s finally happened, now I can go out and get that new washer of my dreams.” But before jumping to that conclusion, you should have your washer checked out by a qualified repair technician.

After checking your washing machine, they should be able to diagnose the problem and offer a solution. In this scenario, it could be something as simple as a broken belt causing the problem. With the simple and inexpensive replacement of a belt, your old washing machine will be back in business and ready to keep working.

Too often people, don’t want to take the time or money to consider repair and would simply rather replace their appliance. But in reality, buying a newer washing machine doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t going to have problems. In most cases, the problems are simply different because now, your washer might have more electricity problems than mechanical problems like broken belts.

Older machines are heavier and were built to last. Because they were constructed with greater quality materials, they typically have a much longer lifespan than the new washers built today. That isn’t to say that there aren’t quality machines available on today’s market, but the likelihood of a washer from today lasting for 25 years or more is difficult to come by.

So embrace your old washer and dryer. When you find a problem, don’t simply run to the store for a new one. Instead, call experts to come in and take a look. If the machine can be fixed, then it’s a great idea to do so.

Not only will you able to save yourself money spent on new appliances, but you’ll also be saving a perfectly good machine from going into a landfill or dump. In appliance repair, “they don’t make them like they used to” is not just an empty phrase.  Also, technicians are capable of fixing all types of washers, many of them actually enjoy fixing older ones for that reason.

So if your old washer is in need of repair or just a tune up, please contact us. We’d love to help you avoid the problem and expense of buying a new washer.

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