Is Replacement Really Better Than Repair?
Getting the most from your money is important for any smart, budget-conscious homeowner. After all, there’s no point in constantly buying new things if what you’ve got is still working just fine. When it’s not working fine, however, you need to start considering your options.
There’s always an important decision to make when something malfunctions. Should it be repaired, or repiped? As always, the answer to this question lies in whether it will cost more to buy a new unit than to fix the current one, but arriving at that conclusion doesn’t apply the same way across the board to different appliances, especially your plumbing fixtures.
The shower top, for example, often requires only repairs to get rid of leaks, which is the most common problem you’ll encounter. But if you replace the shower top with a new one, there may be other positives, especially for people with a preference for high water pressure showers.
Some people, in order to achieve this high water pressure, turn the up water pressure on the pipes in the home. However, this can actually damage the water pipes over a long enough period of time.
It makes more sense to replace the shower top with a new model that can pressurize the water itself, thus sparing your water pipes from expensive, pressure-related repairs.
The kitchen sink, on the other hand, may never need to be repaired at all!
Unless something catastrophic happens like an industrial accident in your kitchen, the sink usually provides decades of trouble-free operation, containing water.
However, if you’re renovating your kitchen, you’ll want to replace the kitchen sink. After all, a new kitchen with an old sink in it doesn’t look very attractive.
A water heater is often neglected once it’s installed because it’s usually shuttered away in a basement or some other nook in the home. Water heaters generally run without issues, but some problems can be easily repaired, such as a problem with the relief valve or the heating element.
Other problems, however, are so large in scale, that repairing the unit may actually cost more than if you replace the water heater tank. If tank itself is leaking, or if the tank is contaminated, and you see rusty or dirty hot water coming out of your taps, this is usually an indicator that the tank is pretty far gone. Replace your water heater in these instances.
Because a washing machine has a lot of moving parts and is put to some heavy use, it may be the water appliance at the most risk of a break. However, there’s a scale to its problems, and some issues, such as leaking can and should be fixed with a repair.
On the other hand, other issues, such as the laundry machine starting to move itself out of place every time you run it, indicate a serious malfunction and it’s more cost-effective for such major issues to replace the washing machine entirely.
When looking at the appliances in your San Diego, CA home, you need to balance the repair/replacement equation with cost. If the appliance is well past its prime, you may be better off replacing it instead, and in some cases, like water heater tank, or a kitchen renovation, this can even raise your property value.