There comes a time in the life of any appliance that means asking that difficult question: “Do I repair it… or do I replace it?” In some cases, the answer’s obvious, such as when a hot-water heater has rusted out—there’s just no fix for that—but other times, the answer isn’t quite so clear.
There are many things to take into consideration when deciding whether to repair or replace— and cost is at the forefront for many folks. Steve Duddy, one of Hilltop Plumbing & Heating’s service managers, notes that, “repair is practical and cost-effective if it’s a simple fix, and if there’s some life expectancy left for the unit.” But what if there are more than a few things wrong? What if the unit is getting up there in years?
“When an appliance is getting past its prime—when more things might wear out— it comes time to weigh the benefits and deficits of repair or replace—and when you need the best possible, honest advice,” says Steve.
Good advice goes with good service
Choosing a company that’s been in business for a long time means getting the best advice and a tried-and-true way of treating customers. The great team at Hilltop Plumbing & Heating fits the bill perfectly.
Regular maintenance goes a long way to keeping your appliance in tip-top shape for as long as possible, just like your car, and can save you money over time, keeping your appliance running at its most efficient for longer. Over time, regular maintenance saves you money, but even the best maintenance can’t prevent the inevitable.
Adding it all up
Replacing an old appliance may seem like a large cash outlay all at once, but weighing the cost over the life of the item can be surprising! Not only are new appliances way more energy efficient than older ones, the cost of repair can be almost as much as getting a new appliance.
Add into the equation financing options available through Hilltop Plumbing & Heating and Fortis BC rebates for new appliances, and the numbers might surprise you!
Of course, another consideration is the environmental impact of discarding an old appliance versus repairing an old one. Recycling is all part of the process, keeping materials in circulation and reducing carbon foot print. More efficient, newer appliances use less energy too, so you help save the planet and your cash.