7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

Appliances are part of our daily modern lives and I can vividly remember the day we got our washer and dryer installed. I was nothing short of ecstatic!

The major appliances in your home are expensive to buy and can be almost as costly to repair when they break down. A service call plus the replacement parts can blow your budget completely.

Click through for 7 ways you can be proactive about your major appliances and save money on repairs…

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    7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

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  • Prevention Matters: Keep up on Maintenance 2 of 8
    7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

    The best way to prevent a major breakdown with your major appliance is to keep things maintained on a regular basis. You need to consult the owner's manual or contact the manufacturer to find out what maintenance services are necessary throughout the year including cleanings, minor parts replacements, and careful use of the appliance. 

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  • Consider Drop Off Services 3 of 8
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    If you have a truck to transport your broken stove or washing machine to the repair center, you could save quite a few bucks on service call fees in your home. You'll need a friend and an appliance dolly to load up the truck, but it may be worth the savings.

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  • Keep Warranty Information Accessible 4 of 8
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    Whenever you buy a new appliance or any household item that has a warranty, keep the paperwork together in a single folder. Note the day you bought the item and how long the manufacturer's warranty will last. Some warranty coverage will extend over several years and you may forget about them when something breaks down the road.

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  • Weigh the Pros and Cons of Repair 5 of 8
    7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

    In some cases,appliance repair costs are just not worth it. It can be more affordable to buy a second-hand replacement that works well than pay for repairs. Get several estimates from repair service providers, price a new version of the appliance, and keep an eye out for a second-hand stores that sell appliances. Figure out which option makes the most sense. 

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  • Check Other Possibilities 6 of 8
    7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

    If your clothes dryer suddenly stops heating up or your other appliances seem to quit working for no reason, make sure it's not due to other factors, such as electrical problems in your home. Use a simple testing device to make sure the outlet is working.

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  • Poll Your Neighbors 7 of 8
    7 Helpful Tips for Saving Money Fixing Major Appliances

    There may be people in your neighborhood that have since retired after a career as a repair person or electrician. Inquire if they would be interested in servicing your appliance repair needs for cash. You can save the high-cost service call and have a resource for the future. The worst they can say is no.

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  • Replace Wisely 8 of 8
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    If you find a repair is not worth it on an old outdated appliance, shop first in the clearance aisle. The major home improvement stores and appliance stores likely have an area at the back of the store where damaged merchandise is sold at a steep discount. You will need to inspect what the damage is, but if you can get a refrigerator for less than half the normal price because it has a few scratches, it may be the best option financially.

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