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When To Replace Old Appliances

How To Know When To Replace Old Appliances

You might be wondering when to replace your appliances. We will answer this question in full depth in this post.

There are a number of ways to determine when to replace and remove old household appliances. Although there is no real way to absolutely know the best time, some things might occur to make it obvious it’s time for an upgrade.

Generally speaking, a homeowner might feel they need to either repair or replace an appliance when it breaks down. While this is the common culprit of leading to a new appliance purchase, there are other ways you can assess the right time. Things such as age, energy consumption and technology should all be considered when determining when to get rid of your household appliances.

Additionally, once you’ve made the decision, you will need to determine if you will hire someone or rent a dumpster. Weighing all the pros and cons and costs will help you to make the best informed decision. NJ Dumpster Rentals N. Vitale Disposal Inc. suggests writing down all the pros and cons to help with your decision making.

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When Is The Right Time To Replace An Appliance

While there is no “right time” (other than if your appliance no longer works), a general rule of thumb is to start assessing the quality of your appliances after 8 years. This is usually when home owners might notice their appliances draining energy, not working well and suffering breakdowns.

Carefully evaluate the condition of your old appliances and you will determine if it is time (or if it is not!).

Replacing Household Appliances

Deciding Between Repair and/or Replacing

Deciding between repairing an old appliance and replacing it is a big decision. But the questions below should help you to assess what would be best.

Here are a few questions you can answer to decide upon whether you should repair your appliance or simply replace it.

Questions to ask:

What is the age of the appliance?
What is the cost of repairing this appliance?
Is it worth it to repair the appliance or would it make more sense to simply replace it?
How long will the lifespan of the appliance be extended if I choose to repair it versus replacing it?
Is this the first time I have had a problem with this appliance?
Does the manufacturor provide a warranty on this item?
Is it possible that I can fix the appliance on my own?
Am I still under company warranty for the appliance?
How is the appliance functioning?
Have my utility bills increased?
Did I run an energy cost analysis of this appliance?

Once you have answered the above questions, you can move forward to make a better decision.

Determining When To Replace Old Household Appliances

Energy Consumption Is The Key To Knowing When To Replace Appliances!

The amount of energy a particular appliance uses should be a factor when you assess whether or not to get rid of an appliance. Have you ever noticed that when you’ve purchased a new appliance, your energy bill has been reducted drastically? When your appliances are “working too hard”, it might be time to replace them for something more efficient.

In essence, replacing an appliance that is 10 or 15 or even 20 years old will ultimately save you money. These older appliances such as old air conditions, washers and dryers, and other such household items, don’t function as well as time passes. Additionally, technology changes and older appliances may not still be “up to par”. For this reason, you may consider refrigerator disposal and removal earlier than you had previously expected.

By noticing your utility bills you can gauge when it’s time to do an assessment on some of these energy draining household items. Because, replacing them might save you a chunk of cash in the long run. And that’s the important thing.

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Calculate the cost of energy to determine when to remove and dispose of your appliances!

How To Perform A Comprehensive Analysis Of The Cost Of Energy

NJ Junk Removal N. Vitale Disposal suggests performing a comprehensive analysis of the cost of energy to use your appliances. This will give you a clearer picture of whether you should consider appliance removal and disposal.

Use This Simple Calculation

Use this calculation below to determine the costs of your appliances and whether or not they should be exchanged for a newer, more efficient model.


Take the wattage of your appliances such as a washer or dryer.

TIP: You can find this usually on the back of the appliance in question. There should be a sticker that lists volts, amps, and kWh.


Next, calculate the number of hours it runs on a daily or weekly basis. This will vary greatly based on your personal use and the appliance you are making calculations of. For example, it’s not likely you are running your AC daily in the dead of winter. Additionally, most people run the washer and dryer only once a week. However this number will vary greatly depending on your own personal habits.


Next, you will want to calculate the overall usage of the appliance. Calculate the number of days you run it during the course of a year.


From here, you can multiply that number by your energy rates that you pay your utility company. This will usually be in kWh (kilowatt hour).

*This is the best way for you to calculate the cost of your appliances and how much you are being charged to run them.

When you compare these numbers to any new equipment you purchase, you will see the difference. Just do the calculation above on a newer, more efficient model. You will be shocked to see the difference and maybe that will be all that it takes to convince you to change your old equipment for newer, better models.

Average Lifespan of Common Household Appliances

How long should they last and when to get rid of them

Whilst there is a extensive variation in the span of time you can potentially expect that a certain household appliance may have outlived it’s use, it is certainly advised and very helpful if you have an idea of the average lifespan of such appliances.

The chart below can help you to prepare financially for having to replace your appliances. It’s great to start a little savings when you know that potentially an appliance is on the way out. However, you should keep in mind that this is just a guide. There are many situations depending on manufacturing companies and other things, that can cause an appliance to go early or last longer.

Here is the average life-span of some of your common household appliances:

Refrigerator- 10-13 years
AC – approx. 15 years
Clothing Dryer – 11-13 years
Furnace – approx. 15 years
Dishwasher – approx. 9 years
Washing Machine – approx. 10 years
Water Heater – 10 years on average


There are no certainties with your appliances or any of your household items, for that matter. For example, you could purchase a dud and have it breakdown quickly or get a really great appliance that lasts for years and years. But having guidelines in play and knowing when your appliances are on the way out is certainly very helpful.

We hope this post gave you some insight into the average lifespan of appliances. Good luck and happy home shopping. We hope you know when to replace your old appliances!

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