Repair or Replace?

Repair or Replace?
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    Dealing with home repairs can be quite a challenge, and this is especially true when dealing with appliances.

    Everything from the furnace to the built-in microwave can have issues, but it's best to know how to deal with those issues.


A home warranty can save on the expense of many of these repairs or replacement, but you don’t want to exhaust your home warranty on unnecessary expenditures. Choosing which items to repair and/or replace is an important consideration.

Kitchen Appliances

In the kitchen, you have your dishwasher, stove, oven, microwave, and refrigerator. In some cases there may also be a trash compactor. Each of these appliances has a unique shelf-life, and some are worth repairing while others simply should be replaced.

Your microwave and trash compactor are really useful household items, but they are a pain to repair. The heating element in a microwave should never be meddled with, and a trash compactor, while useful, can turn out to be more trouble than it’s worth. Using your home warranty to repair these items will likely cause you to have to repair them again in the future. It is much wiser to simpler replace them when they go down.

Your dishwasher, stove, oven, and refrigerator are much easier items to repair. Not only are they easier to repair, but they are very expensive to replace. Given that these larger items are intended to last much longer than something like a microwave, using your home warranty for a repair will simply keep the hassle of a replace away.

It is also wise to remember that your home warranty can, at times, only cover so many expenditures per year. There are other warranties that only cover so many expenditures over the life of your home. You want to be careful how you use it, and these long-lasting items are wise to repair to keep funds in your warranty open for other items.

Air Conditioners and Furnaces

The air conditioner and furnace in your home are very expensive and very delicate pieces of equipment. They are also very difficult to replace. Not only is the expense in a replacement massive, but the physical removal of the unit and replacement can be a nightmare.

Air conditioners and furnaces are made easy to repair so that they can last a long time in the home. Moreover, there are many repair companies to choose from when getting the repair done. These are not immediately replaceable items, and you don’t want to use funds within your home warranty agreement to replace such an expensive unit unless you absolutely have to.

When you are living in a home with a home warranty, you can get a great deal of value out of the policy. However, it is wise to remember that that value comes at a strategic cost. Sometimes, it is best to simply replace smaller items rather than pay for repairs. Larger items, however, are more easily reparable, and these items can last in your home for many years to come.

Use your home warranty to ensure everything in the house is operational, but make sure you don’t exhaust your warranty on smaller items. Plan well, and your home warranty can keep your home in good shape for many years to come.



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