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When Should I Make Upgrades Around my Home?

Just like a moldy piece of cheese in your cold cut drawer, your refrigerator can age. Sure, your fridge isn’t going to start smelling like mold — but it will eventually give out, over time. Whether you just purchased a new home or you’re looking at your current appliances, there is a time when you need to replace them — but when must you do that? Let us explain:

When did you Buy It?

Sometimes, we forget when we purchase our appliances — especially if we purchase more than one over the course of a few years. Unlike a new car or home, it can easily slip our mind about the day you bought your new stove or refrigerator. Sure, you might use this essential every day — but it’s important to try and date back when it was initially brought into your home.

When piecing together an appliance, most manufacturers will keep an average lifespan in mind. The spectral range? Approximately 20 years, if the appliance is used generously and correctly. Additionally, when you take care of your device for the number of years that you have it, indeed that lifespan can increase past those 20 years, easily.

If you’re trying to figure out when you purchased your appliance, then it’s best to check your financial records, regarding bank transactions or credit card statements. Of course, you also have the option of checking the back of your appliance and glance at the manufacturer’s label.

Although this label might look a bit difficult to read, it’s quite simple to pick it apart. Before going online and typing numbers in, you can directly look at the product number and see the month, date and year that your appliance was manufactured. Once you find this information out, write it down, so you can factor the approximate lifespan of your appliance!

What Should I Look For?

Fact: you might not know when it’s time to replace your appliance. Of course, your stove or oven could seem okay — but it might be on the verge of its last “breath” regarding service. If you’re still perplexed as to what to look for, then start with how well it functions.

If your appliance needs to be repaired quite frequently, then that’s a tell-tale sign that it will indeed need to be replaced. However, if your appliance functions appropriately but is on the older side of the spectrum, then you might need to upgrade — but why is that?

Years ago, when the earliest of appliances were manufactured, companies didn’t consider many factors, such as power consumption. With that being said, it’s possible that your electric stove from 1996 could be using much more power than needed. If that’s the case, then it would be wise to invest in a newer, top-of-the-line stove that will not only save you energy but will also last a much longer time!

Where Should I Start?

If you’re not sure where you should start, take a look at the current appliances that reside in your kitchen. For starters, most refrigerators have seen better days. Although it could be functioning like a dream, the chances are that the appliance is on its last leg — and the same applies to your dishwasher.

When it comes to dishwashers, older models tend to have three features and use an excessive amount of water. If you’re on the hunt for a new dishwasher, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how the newer appliance will thoroughly clean your dishes, but at a fraction of the cost with eco-friendly washing options. In addition to your dishwasher, you might need to reevaluate your current washing machine, too.

Older models of washing machines will, in fact, use too much water — just like older dishwashers. If you’re looking to save water, and money on your water bill, then a new washing machine will be a significant investment to make sooner than later! No matter where you start looking in your home, one new appliance at a time will be the answer to lower bills and save the environment; ultimately, you’ll thank yourself in the long run, while you enjoy your new energy-efficient appliances!

When you’re in need of some electrical services (such as rewiring) to accommodate those new appliances, we’re here to help! If the DIY route isn’t one you’d like to follow, just give Mainstream Electric, Heating, Cooling, & Plumbing a call at (866) 978-9297 for friendly, reliable and efficient service!