If your oven has bit the biscuit or your dishwasher has washed its last dish, then you have some big decisions to make.
Before you answer A or B, consider which used home appliances experience more wear and tear than others. Some older appliances are also more difficult to clean and use up too much energy and resources, which will cost you down the road. In addition, many appliance manufacturers offer promotions on discount appliances, so why go second hand when you can have new appliances at affordable rates? Sometimes new is the better option.
Like other appliances that are used for cleaning, a washing machine can undergo a beating over time. This is mostly due to their use of water and when it comes to used appliances in Kelowna, we're talking hard water damage. The build-up of calcium and magnesium found in our water supply can take years off the life of your washer, resulting in clothes not being washed properly. And isn't that the point of doing laundry in the first place?
The same point about your washing machine can be said about your dishwasher. A 2016 report in reviewed.com discovered that some newer dishwashers are far superior for cleaning food stains off dishes and cutlery over their older counterparts. After testing an entry-level 2007 dishwasher from GE appliances against a brand, new model, the latter won for cleaning dishes that contained baked-on meat, spinach, oatmeal, egg, and milk.
While the average life expectancy of a new refrigerator is up to 15 years, depending on its size and make, that number dwindles drastically when you purchase a used fridge, which can experience issues such as compressor malfunctions, causing excess condensation and other electrical problems. Some older models are not as energy efficient as their newer counterparts and will end up costing you more money in electricity bills. And without a warranty on a used appliance, you may be looking at a big waste of money, as some older refrigerators and freezers are more expensive to repair and lack available parts. And here is the clinker: most newer refrigerators cost even less than their older counterparts, so if that's not a reason to go appliance shopping for a new model, then you're on your own.
If you think an older electric oven will save you money in the long run, think again. Cooking appliances that run on natural gas are not only cheaper to operate over the long run, they are better for the environment. According to naturalgas.org, new technology has allowed natural gas to play an increasingly important role in the clean generation of electricity. In addition, it's more energy efficient and less costly to burn natural gas in your home rather than power plants having to burn and convert it into electricity and send it to you.
Need more reasons? Read Cooking with Blue: Why Switch Over to Gas Ranges from Electric.
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