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In your home, do you replace appliances prior to the older ones breaking?

Asked by jca (28774 points ) September 27th, 2013

Did you get rid of your older model, big box TV that worked fine just for the sake of having a new flat screen?

Did you replace kitchen appliances such as refrigerator, even though the old one still worked, for another reason, such as just wanting a new one, or remodeling your kitchen?

In your household, do you replace appliances with a newer, nicer model or do you keep them until the day they die?

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Pachy's avatar

Not usually, but I did this year. After my dishwasher went out and I replaced it, I decided to also replace my clothes dryer and washer, since they were both the same age as the dishwasher, because they lacked features I wanted, and because they had both developed some funny little quirks. I’m really glad I did. They weren’t cheap, but for the first time since I bought my house I actually kinda enjoy washing clothes.

JLeslie's avatar

I never have replaced them when still working, but I am considering doing it with a TV I have. Probably I will just move it to a guest room, but typically I wouldn’t do that, I would wait until it malfunctioned. My small kitchen appliances are almost all over 15 years old, except my toaster oven that gets a lot of use and the Keurig we have is just over a year old, the first one stopped working within two years. My old, inexpensive, coffee maker is 15 years old and works fine.

I wanted my last kitchen to be stainless, but the black appliances it came with worked just fine, they were only two years old. I called GE (I tend to not like GE appliances) to see if I could change the doors, and you couldn’t. The stainless models were different or sizes maybe or something. When I was selling my house I called GE about an appliance and found out sometime in the last 7 years since I originally called you could buy stanless doors to replace the new ones, it pissed me off. Just another reason I dislike GE.

barbaralenoir's avatar

Some times. But most of the time i try to use it till its maximum.

dabbler's avatar

I think remodeling is a good time/reason to change up appliances. When we rebuilt our kitchen over ten years ago we replaced everything – it was all about 25 years old at that time.

Besides that most of our appliances have died and been resurrected, some multiple times. If it’s possible to fix it I’ll do that, and save all the expense and hassle of replacement.

mattbrowne's avatar

Usually not, only when there are huge benefits such as requiring far less energy for example.

elbanditoroso's avatar

This is one of those “it depends”.

Take my old refrigerator. It was working just fine 95% of the time, but I knew that the compressor was on its way out. I could have lived with the problem for another 6 months before I needed to do something. I wasn’t going to repair the old fridge because it was 15 years old and I couldn’t have gotten the parts in the first place.

So I pre-emptively replaced it, even though I could have gone on for a while.

On the other hand, I have a digital TV that I bought in the time of the changeover. It’s fine, perfect shape. But it doesn’t have the bells and whistles of the ones being sold today. Will I buy a new one? Not a chance.

ragingloli's avatar

Only for my PC.

ucme's avatar

Of course, progress/upgrades wait for no, err…thing.

Headhurts's avatar

My boyfriend likes to do this. He likes to have the latest gadgets, or the most expensive things. I don’t have that much money, so I prefer things to break first.

rojo's avatar

Not usually but we are considering a new refrigerator. The old one is over 12 years old, has a door gasket gone ($130.00) and needs a new icemaker ($160.00) and although it still functions I am thinking it would be smarter just to get a new one as spend the money to fix it.

syz's avatar

Nope.

Judi's avatar

I’m ashamed to say we replace stuff like underwear. I can’t tell you how much money I’ve spent in appliances in the last 20 years! My husband and I love buying dated houses and renovating them. Each time he promises me that this is it. We can keep this one, then he gets a wild hair and we’re off to the next project.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

Dishwasher decided to leak on kitchen floor ( hardwood which I had to relay , bought a new one next morning. Stove was 3 years old but was contractor’s cheepo, it never was accurate on temperatures for baking ( started out lower by 50 degrees and would if left on for three hours be 75 degrees over. That was replaced with income tax return refunds.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Not really, I use stuff until it’s pretty much destroyed. There are of course some exceptions like things I use a lot I may decide to invest in a nicer model that will last longer/work better than the one I currently own, like my computer for example.

KNOWITALL's avatar

Nope, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

anniereborn's avatar

No, I don’t have the money to. Even if I did, I don’t think I would.

CWOTUS's avatar

Sometimes, sure.

I don’t want my refrigerator to “break” when it’s loaded with food. I also don’t like to hear it run continuously because it’s so inefficient. So I replaced that and gave the old one away; I wish the new owners much luck with it.

I’m currently using a television that’s at least 20 years old. It has a smaller and less-well-defined screen than I could get now, uses more power to run, and is heavy as hell. I don’t know when I’ll replace it, but it will probably be usable on that day.

Washers, driers and stoves I’ll use for as long as it makes sense. I got my stove (used) over ten years ago and it still works fine, so I plan to keep that until it dies. My washer is about a dozen years old and still works fine, and the drier I have I got as a used item last year after the previous (used) one died. I don’t know how old the current one is, but it’s working fine now, so I’ll use it as long as I can.

I did wait until my microwave died to replace it. In fact, that was just last month.

antimatter's avatar

Yes I do.

YARNLADY's avatar

No, I don’t replace anything until it is entirely useless. The one exception is when I give it to someone else, then I get the new one.

Kardamom's avatar

It depends.

We just replaced 2 perfectly fine regular TV’s with flat screens. That was because you can’t get Netflix streaming with a regular TV and we don’t have any gaming devices.

Last year we replaced a perfectly fine working toaster (I gave it to a friend who needed one) for a toaster oven. It was during the summer and we wanted to be able to heat up some things in an oven, without having to turn on the big regular oven, plus with this, you don’t need 2 separate appliances and freed up a bit of counter space.

We replaced our fridge, when it went on the fritz. We got a much nicer electricity efficient model.

Paradox25's avatar

It depends for me too. The majority of the time I’ll at least attempt to repair an appliance myself before replacing it. It’s rare that I’d replace an appliance if it was working properly, even in the case of remodeling, unless it was really an eyesore.

I’m currently working on my kitchen and bathroom, and I’m probably just going to replace my faulty heating elements on my range rather than replacing it. The range is about 30 years old, but it still looks nice and is in decent shape. I’m probably going to get rid of my perfectly fine microwave though, because I don’t really ever use it, and it’s taking up too much space on my kitchen counter.

I do have like 8 older televisions stored away in my attic that work fine, but I replaced those with newer models over the years. I just replaced an older tv in my bedroom with a high definition version, which I felt was justified considering the age of the older tv. I only have a single tv in my house since I now live by myself in a bigger house, and it’s very rare when I watch anything on it anymore.

Another exception that I’ll make is with lamps and other lighting fixtures.

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