Is your stove or oven beginning to act up and not work like it used to? Is it taking too long for your oven to heat up, or is gas not properly connecting on your stove? While you may think that buying a new one is the best option, you may benefit more from repairing it.
Choosing to Repair Your Stove or Oven
Many repair companies now take phone calls to see if they can diagnose over the phone for you, but you can also benefit from having a professional come to your home and check for themselves what the true diagnosis may be. Many companies will charge a service fee of around $150, but Area Appliance Service (AAS) waives that fee for you.
If the issue is major and involves replacing parts and materials, your professional will provide an estimate to repair the problem, usually including an extended warranty service. If the price range is something that sounds over the top, consider the lifespan of your appliance.
Stoves and ovens normally last up to fifteen years, so if your appliance is nearing its final years, then it may be best to replace the item. You can also determine whether to repair or replace by following the 50% Rule. If your appliance is at more than half of its typical lifespan years, and if the repair costs are more than 50% of buying a new appliance, then it’s time to replace.
You can look for quick and simple DIY repairs for your stove or oven, but since these appliances involve gas and/or electricity, it is strongly advised to contact a professional to do the repairs for you in order to avoid harming yourself.
Considerations When Replacing Your Stove or Oven
If you decide to invest in a new stove or oven, then there are still a few steps to cover before making the final purchase.
- When you begin to search for a new stove, ask questions about delivery or installation. There may be an extra cost that they do not put on the price tag.
- Ask questions about any differences between electric versus gas in order to ensure that the brand that you buy is using an option powered in your home. Without checking this information, you may risk losing more money to have someone install a gas or electric line in your kitchen for you.
- Although we all love the trendy appliances with every trinket in place, it would be best to invest in a simple machine that has only the simple items that you need and know will use.
- Lastly, make sure that any appliance that you purchase is going to fit neatly in your home – you don’t want to come home with a new stove that won’t fit in the kitchen.
Whether you choose to repair your appliance or invest in a replacement, make sure that you go through every step to ensure the best price for you.