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Save Money & Be More Environmentally Friendly By Fixing Instead of Replacing Appliances

Is your washing machine on the fritz? Is your dishwasher not acting right? With today’s economy and the need to be more environmentally friendly maybe you should more into repairing rather than replacing those costly appliances.

A few years back my husband and I debated on whether to get a new washing machine or not. It was on the fritz and at the time we didn’t have enough money to just go out and get a new one. We checked into our other options and found some quick fixes as well as some companies that offered washing machine repair.

Some quick fixes we found for the washing machine to help get you through:

If your machine is unstable or noisy be sure to check for coins and other small item that could be causing the problem. Check for these items under the drum, inside the water pump. If the noise is more predominant on the spin cycle you might want to check drum bearings.

If you find that your washing machine just wont run because sure to check the fuse box or distribute clothes more evenly to make sure a safety switch hasn’t been tripped.

If your machine doesn’t fill with water check to see if the problem is not that the filters are clogged or there’s a kink in the hose.

No matter what the appliance is you need to figure out what the cost would be to either repair it or to replace it. There’s a general rule that if a repair would cost half or more of what it costs to buy a new product, the product should be replaced.  But with today’s economy, and the cost of a new machine costing upwards of $500 or more, a lot of people are finding it cheaper to repair instead of replace.

Sources:
http://www.homeownercare.com

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