While many of us sheltered in place for the past two years, including those who continue to work from home, it isn’t surprising how household problems have become more apparent than ever before. After all, the pandemic has taught us the value of keeping the home functional (if not multifunctional), pleasant, and suitable for the needs of every member of the family.
Maintaining property isn’t always fun. Arguably, determining whether you need to upgrade appliances is a chore and a half. But to make sure that appliances continue to serve us by functioning efficiently, we need to know when it’s time to replace home equipment that may have become increasingly temperamental.
If you are considering replacing old appliances, below are signs that tell you it’s time for an upgrade:
- Replace home appliances that constantly emit unwanted noises
- Replace home appliances that have undergone several major repairs
- Replace home appliances that are way past their intended lifespan
One of the best and easiest ways to determine when an appliance is past its peak entails paying attention to the noises it makes. Your appliances shouldn’t shriek or shudder uncharacteristically when you use them. An occasional pop, click, or whining sound may be nothing to worry about. However, the frequency of occurrences may be an appliance’s cry for help.
If this is the first time it has made a consistently weird sound, we suggest bringing it for repairs. However…
Like strange sounds, appliances shouldn’t conk out with increasing frequency. Major repairs do happen, but not if they occur every year, or worse, every few months.
Overheating, overcooling, and power surges aren’t normal.
More than the bother and expense of repairs is the all-too-real possibility of having your device or equipment become the cause of an electrical fire.
Appliances have a set lifespan. While they are built to last, they aren’t designed to last forever. End dates are different for each one. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to keep track of the life expectancy of household items and replace them accordingly.
Here’s a handy guide:
- Refrigerator: 10 – 12 years
- Stove and oven: 10 – 15 years
- Dishwasher: 10 – 13 years
- Washer and dryer: About 10 years
- Microwave: 10 -12 years
- Coffeemaker: 5 years
Vintage appliances are all the rage in interior design. But this doesn’t mean that your home should look like a museum for decrepit equipment. If your appliances no longer match the updated theme or design of your home due to their age, they’ll only look shabbier next to their fresh, new surroundings. Replace them now.
More than your family’s convenience, appliances can impact the value of your home. Modern pieces are attractive to prospective buyers. Nevertheless, not all upgrades are created equal. Some can negatively impact your property’s potential selling price.
For those thinking about selling their home, remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. Embark on your home selling journey with us. We are eager to help you secure the best deal for your property.
Call me, Kathy of Coldwell Banker Realty, at 818.949.5205 or send an email to [email protected](at)imuragent(dotted)com. Let’s find a buyer for your home in Glendale, CA right away!