Almost everyone has experienced that sinking feeling that comes with having a major kitchen appliance break down. Whether it’s the refrigerator, the oven, the stovetop, or the microwave, losing a kitchen appliance to irreparable malfunction makes for a bad day indeed. Of course, they’re appliances. They’re not meant to last forever, right? Of course not. So rather than waiting for your refrigerator to shut down completely, perhaps it would be better to know when it’s time to replace that old icebox before its expiration date.
One of the prime indicators that an appliance is getting ready to shut down in the efficiency with which it works. Just like a car or a computer, your microwave will gradually lose efficiency over time. The same thing goes for the refrigerator and the oven. Sometimes a minor repair can restore some of the working power, but you have to take into consideration the cost of having someone do the repair work. Often, it’s easier to simply take this time to shop for a replacement.
The electricity bill is another indicator of trouble. If you notice your electric bill climbing for no apparent reason, an old appliance could be the culprit. Because they have lost much of their original power, old appliances often use more electricity to do the same job. Replacing them now could save you quite a lot of money in the long run. Along the same lines, newer appliances are often rated differently for energy saving reasons. Buying a new, energy efficient refrigerator could mean even more long term savings.
It can be a hassle to get rid of old, trustworthy appliances, and by no means should you actively seek to replace everything in the kitchen just because you think there’s something better out there. But if you’ve had that old microwave for ten years and you have reasons to suspect it might be on its last legs, its better to shop for a replacement now than to wait for it to break down completely.