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Appliances: fix the old or buy a new one?


So the dishwasher is making grinding noises and the dishes aren’t getting clean. How much are you willing to spend before you call it quits and go shopping for a new dishwasher?

There are some folks that say if the cost of repair is more than half the cost of a new one, then you should replace, but I’m not so sure that is a good rule of thumb.

You might consider the age of the dishwasher first. Dishwashers last on average 10-12 years. If your dishwasher is approaching the end of its life cycle, then you should think twice about footing a big repair bill.

Another factor would be costs of operation. New energy saving dishwashers often use only 4-5 gallons of water per cycle – some even less. The 10 year old guzzler uses many times that.

Finally, you should know that investments in the kitchen have among the biggest paybacks of any home improvement you could make in terms of resale value of your house.

If you elect to repair be sure to call Universal Kitchen and Appliance Center for prompt, reliable service. PH # 800 387-2011

If, on the other hand you’re considering replacing visit the team at Universal Kitchen and Appliance Center, 12050 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, Ca. 91604 PH # 877 696-2982

April 12, 2012
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