Appliances are great; they keep the house cool, the food cooking, and the dishes washed. They can also drive your electric bill through the roof, especially if they’re older and not run efficiently. If you’ve noticed your electric bill slowly creeping up or odd sounds coming from your appliances, it might be time to consider replacing some of your ageing appliances.
The dishwasher is man’s best friend when it comes to appliances. No one likes to do the dishes, and thanks to Josephine Cochran, the inventor of the dishwasher, we don’t have to. We do have to take care of our dishwashers, and eventually, our old faithful dishwasher will need to be replaced.
If your dishes aren’t getting as clean as they once did, or your ultra-quiet machine now sounds like an airplane landing, it’s time to consider a replacement.
The Air Conditioner
The air conditioning in your home will pick the worst time to quit. Expecting a heat wave in mid-summer? This is when your air conditioning will pick to give up and leave you sweating before you even get out of bed.
There are signs your air conditioner needs to be replaced, and paying attention to these signs will keep you cool all summer long.
It will also save you money. Central air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users in your house, and inefficient systems can ramp up the cost quickly, not to mention the savings you’ll see on a planned installation over an emergency one.
The Water Heater
Everyone loves a nice hot shower. If there are times in your house when the water doesn’t get as warm as it used to, or you find yourself waiting for the water to heat up after someone else has already taken a shower, it might be time to consider replacing the water heater.
Even if your water heater is still producing hot water, there are other signs your water heater might be ready to leave you in the cold. Loud noises, strange smells, and rusty water are all signs your water heater may need replacement.
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Thanks to the refrigerator, canning and salting our food for preservation are no longer imperatives. Now we can keep meat frozen for months or years, and our veggies will stay crisp for weeks rather than days.
The first thing to ask yourself when considering replacing your refrigerator is the age of the model. According to Energy Star, a refrigerator that’s more than 10 years old costs you $50-60 more a year than a newer, energy-efficient model.
Other signs it might be time to replace your fridge are icing in the freezer, sweating on the outside of the fridge, and a motor that is whining or louder than normal. If you notice any of these things, it might be time to consider replacement.
Age is the number one factor in deciding whether it’s time to replace your appliances. Newer models will work better and be more energy efficient. Choosing the time to have your new appliance installed means being able to take advantage of sales and discounts instead of paying a costly emergency call out rate. Save money and have better functioning appliances by replacing them in a timely manner.
Do you also pay attention to these signs when deciding if your appliances need replacement? Do you have more to add to the ones I mentioned?
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