5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Your Kitchen Appliances

December 17, 2019

1. Kitchen Dishwasher Doesn’t Heat or Drain Properly

Dishwashers tend to last over 10 years. When they reach the end of their service life, you’ll notice that certain parts of their wash cycle stop functioning. The dishwasher’s heating element may fail or the spray arm mechanism may break.

2. Gas or Electric Range Runs Too Hot or Cold

Ovens and range tops have a long life expectancy, too. The breakdowns that signal the end of their lives involve a loss of temperature control or heating elements that stop working. These failures can usually be repaired, but it can be costly enough to justify a new range.

3. Refrigerator Runs Too Hot

Refrigerators eventually lose the ability to stay cold. Repairs can stave off the inevitable, but they can become too costly as a unit ages. That’s especially true if the fridge’s compressor fails or its evaporator coils leak refrigerant. At that point, it’s time to get a new refrigerator. Another good reason to buy a new unit is to reduce your energy costs with one that’s more efficient.

4. Garbage Disposal Motor Fails

Another common kitchen appliance is the garbage disposal. When the electric motor fails, it’s time to get it replaced because it’s the most expensive part of the appliance. The blades can become too dull on an old unit, too.

5. Coffee Maker Stops Heating Water

A coffee maker is essentially a water heater designed to pass nearly boiling water through a filter. When the heating element fails, it’s time to get a new one. Another problem that will end a coffee maker’s life is shorted-out circuitry. In most cases, it’s more economical to buy a new unit than attempt these repairs.

Dogtown Heating, Air & Plumbing in Paxton, IL, can help you with many household repairs related to drains as well as heating and cooling appliances. If your garbage disposal is jammed or your refrigerator isn’t staying cool enough, give us a call. Our service technicians will be happy to answer questions, make repairs and give you options for replacements.

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