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May 13th, 2021
Appliances help us keep our lives on track. Where would we be without our refrigerator/freezer, washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage disposal? When any one of these stops functioning, it can quickly turn from an inconvenience into a disaster. Your immediate impulse might be to replace the appliance that is broken. But is that always the right option? Here is a quick guide to help you decide whether your appliance is worth repairing.
How Much Would It Cost?
Generally, the larger the appliance the costlier it is. So if your stove breaks, you’re looking at a major investment to buy a new one. But if your microwave goes, you can purchase one for under $75. Consumer Reports advises that if the cost to repair your appliance is greater than half the cost of a new one, it makes sense to replace it. Obviously you won’t know how much the repair would cost without consulting an appliance repair service. At Dave’s Appliance, our experts can diagnose your appliance’s problem and give you an estimate for the repair. With all of that information, you can make an informed decision.
Which Appliance Is it?
Other than cost, you have to consider how much you value your current appliance. Your refrigerator/freezer may have external ice and water dispensers, pull-out shelving, and other features you really appreciate. Your washer and dryer may fit just perfectly into the space in your utility room. Maybe you love to cook and bake and your stove suits you perfectly. It might even be that your appliances coordinate with your decor. These are definitely legitimate reasons to hesitate about replacing them when they break. Again, a visit from one of the friendly members of Dave’s Appliance team will help you understand the extent of your problem.
How Old Is It and Is It Still Under Warranty?
Major appliances like refrigerators or chest freezers often last from 10 to 20 years. Other appliances like trash compactors have an average life span of about 6 years. Most appliances also come with warranties, and often those can be extended if you choose to do so. When an appliance breaks down, it would be a good idea to find out if its warranty is still in force. If it’s not, check to see what the average life span is for your brand of that particular appliance.
What’s The Environmental Impact?
Often, the environmental impact of repairing or replacing isn’t considered at all. But perhaps you should think about it. If your appliance is old and inefficient, it may be using a lot of electricity. That’s bad for the environment and bad for your utility bills. If your appliance was made after 1992, it should have an Energy Star Rating to let you know how efficient it is. You can compare it to current appliances’ efficiency. On the other hand, your old appliance can’t just be thrown out. Major household appliances are banned from landfills in Wisconsin and the state urges that they be reused or recycled. In many places in Wisconsin, appliances are not picked up at the curb with other recyclables, nor are they accepted at many general recycling drop-off sites. It may be the more environmentally-responsible choice to repair rather than replace.
Whatever your appliance concern, the experts at Dave’s Appliance will be able to tell you what the problem is and help you decide whether or not it’s worth repairing. Give us a call.
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August 4th, 2020
You may be considering putting a second refrigerator out in your unheated garage. Or you might worry about your refrigerator’s efficiency in the hot, humid Wisconsin summers. Whatever your situation, it’s important to know whether room temperature affects your refrigerator.
Extreme Temperatures Can Damage Fridge
The temperature of the room that a refrigerator is in should be between 60ºF and 95ºF. That’s a really wide range, and you might think there’s no way your refrigerator could be in a situation where the ambient temperature is either that high or that low. But you live in Wisconsin. Extreme temperatures can damage the compressor or sealed system. Below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil could become thick and not circulate properly. Above 110 degrees Fahrenheit, the oil could overheat and break down.
Refrigerator Function in Cold Temperatures
Having a refrigerator in a partially heated space might seem like a good compromise. While the unit may not actually break down, you might reconsider that choice. Refrigeration systems rely on the boiling of refrigerant under pressure and heat. When the ambient temperature is below 60ºF, it takes more energy to make the refrigerant boil and change into a vapor. And the energy consumption increases with the decreasing temperature until at 32ºF, there’s no cooling capacity at all.
Refrigerator Function in Hot Temperatures
If the refrigerator is located in a room where the temperature is over 90ºF and it is opened frequently, then the efficiency will decrease significantly. When the outside temperature is so warm, it can cause other problems, too. The consistency of the cooled temperature inside the unit may vary widely and your food may spoil more quickly.
Remember that the room temperature can be quite different from the outside temperature. Your well insulated garage can be 10 – 20 degrees colder or hotter than outdoors. If you do decide to have your refrigerator in a place that isn’t ideal, take steps to mitigate the loss of efficiency. Your refrigerator placement can help with that. Your fridge shouldn’t be pushed against the wall. It needs a little space behind it so that air can circulate freely and the heat from the condenser can dissipate. Keeping the grill clean and the door seals tight ensures that it’s working at peak efficiency too.
If you’re wondering whether room temperature affects your refrigerator, the answer is yes. You probably don’t have it in a space where the extreme temperatures will cause a breakdown, but you should be aware that its efficiency will be affected by the ambient temperature. If you have any continuing concerns, call the experts at Dave’s Appliance; we’ll be glad to help.
December 15th, 2016
Looking outside at a cold winter day might encourage you to cuddle up on the couch, but there are household chores calling to you. However, completing any outdoor chore might be impossible right now. As an alternative, concentrate on your indoor appliances. These mechanical workhorses seem to go for months without any maintenance, but it’s critical to pay close attention to your washer, dryer, refrigerator and other appliances during the cold, winter months. Use some of these simple ideas to maintain your appliances and preserve their normal lifespans. Calling a Milwaukee microwave repair professional can go a long way in maintaining all of your appliances. (more…)
October 18th, 2016
Cool weather in autumn prompts residents to bake comforting food and to enjoy loved ones at home. Fall is also a great time to concentrate on your household appliances. Summer’s fun has passed, and those loyal appliances may be in need of some professional maintenance. Take a deeper look at your basic appliances and their preventative maintenance needs. You want them to run smoothly into winter and beyond.
The Hidden World Behind the Refrigerator
Listen to your refrigerator with a quiet household. It should have a low-level hum that’s barely noticeable. However, a refrigerator that has a loud sound will require some maintenance. A repair professional will pull the refrigerator out from the wall, and he or she will vacuum out the coils as an initial task. Clean coils will only improve the appliance’s heat-transfer process while quieting the humming sound too. Your professional will also examine other core areas on the refrigerator’s rear side. Any water leaks or hose cracks will be noted and repaired before the appliance is pushed back against the wall. (more…)
May 17th, 2016
Your heater made it through the winter, and now you’re looking forward to warm days and relaxing afternoons without any appliance problems. Although summer is a time for vacationing and playtime, you shouldn’t overlook your appliances’ care either. In fact, it’s a good time to contact a Milwaukee refrigerator repair professional for their evaluation of your appliances. Put your appliances’ maintenance schedules ahead of everything else in order to avoid any costly repairs.
Clean Your Appliance Now
You may have vacuumed the house during spring cleaning, but your appliances aren’t always part of that project. Before the summer heat really kicks in, completely clean out the refrigerator’s interior. Make a mental note of any unusual stains or broken pieces. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall too. Wipe off the coils that reside across the appliance’s backside. These coils help the refrigerator remain cool on the inside by transferring heat to the exterior. If the coils remain dirty, they’ll overheat and possibly cause a cooling malfunction in the appliance. (more…)
December 17th, 2015
Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the holidays are in full swing with loved ones pouring in and out of your front door. Cooking during this time period is traditional, and it also serves a functional purpose. You might have to turn the thermostat down a bit because your oven and stove provide significant heat! The holidays are fun and busy, but they’re also fraught with potential problems. Pay attention to everything going on around your appliances because certain mistakes can culminate into a huge repair bill.
Decorating Near Your Oven Or Stove
Garlands, paper snowflakes and other decorations are often draped over every surface in the home. Although you want the household to be festive, avoid any decorations near the stove and oven. In fact, don’t decorate within a few feet of this area. Both of these appliances are extremely hot during their operation, and they can ignite your pretty decorations, and may start a house fire! (more…)
November 6th, 2015
Whether your oven is a few months old or reaching 10 years old, you need a reliable temperature to cook and bake properly. Nothing is worse than burning those scrumptious cupcakes or scorching that chicken casserole. You might have had a Milwaukee oven repair person in recently to check your other appliances, but you can adjust the oven’s temperature on your own with a few tips from the experts: (more…)
October 16th, 2015
It may be still warm outside, but winter’s cold will soon be upon every household in the region. In fact, you might have just completed a refrigerator repair for your home, so you want to keep it as pristine as possible even when howling winds take over outside. Protecting and winterizing your appliances involves plumbing and pipe care to reduce possible leaks from cracking materials. (more…)
September 12th, 2014
Everyone loves to save money, but how can you save money without leaving home? By spending an hour inspecting home appliances, you can potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars. A few simple tips and keen investigating are the only things you need to get started.
Why Is Fall Important For Your Home?
Fall is very important for several reasons. First, fall is convenient because it is just before winter and bad weather, so it pays to get ready. Fall is early enough to beat rodents and birds looking for a warm home, perhaps using your dryer vent. Since most people thoroughly clean their homes in the spring, why not schedule an hour for appliance inspections in the autumn to spread your home chores over the course of a year? Finally, it is always a great time to tune up appliances, so you can save more money all year round. Making replacements and repairs before a busy laundry season like winter is a great way to save money over the long-term. (more…)
June 6th, 2014
As the summer approaches, we are once again reminded of how important our beloved refrigerator is to our everyday life. This special appliance keeps our food from spoiling, helps limit our trips to the grocery store, and provides us with cold beverages to enjoy. It is important that we take care of this essential appliance so that it will keep working for us.
During the summer, as the temperature and humidity rises, our refrigerators have to work harder than they do during the rest of the year. Although we take care of our refrigerator, sometimes it stops working. Since this is a crucial time for having refrigeration, any issues that we have with our refrigerator are substantial inconveniences. (more…)