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Should You Repair or Replace Your Dryer?

Household appliances are a blessing. They help do all the hard work. One of the most important appliances is a dryer. Although nothing lasts forever, when should you replace your dryer? If the dryer is showing signs of no return, you might be tempted to head over to the nearest big store or Amazon to purchase a new one. However, what if you could get it repaired? It will help save you some money. But, it can be difficult to tell if the appliance should be repaired or replaced. Moreover, there are times when it more expensive to repair the dryer than replace it. Besides, newer models use less energy than older ones. This post aims to help you make the right decision.

  1. When the Dryer Is on Borrowed Time

Remember, all things come to an end. The same goes for your dryer. Although you might feel like it was just yesterday that you bought the dryer, time flies in the blink of an eye. There are certain ways through which you can determine whether the dryer should be replaced or not.

A good rule of thumb is to find out the lifespan of the dryer. If it has exceeded its life expectancy, it would a lot more affordable to simply replace it than get it repaired. Generally, dryers can last around 10 to 13 years from the purchase date. However, to ensure a long life, it all comes down to how it is used. Did you get regular maintenance? There are some dryers that can even last 20 years or more.

  1. It Depends on the Issue

Besides how long the dryer has been used, you also need to look at the root cause behind the dryer not working at its optimal. The issue will help you decide whether the dryer should be repaired or replaced. You will need to contact an Appliance Repair specialist to get it repaired. The specialist will diagnose the problem or you could even try to diagnose the problem by yourself. The following are some of the common dryer problems.

  • A damaged or broken start switch.
  • A motor that does not function.
  • A broken belt.
  • A temperature switch that does not work.
  • A faulty thermostat.
  • A thermal fuse that is broken.
  • Clogged vents.

When you opt for Dryer Repair, you should keep in mind that you will need to pay around $100 to $300. It will cover most of the issues like clogged vents, a faulty thermostat, or a broken belt. If the repair costs you 50 percent more than the cost of replacement, you should simply get it replaced. Moreover, it can be difficult to tell how much the repair might cost you since you would need to wait around until you receive the bill.


This post will help you decide whether you should repair or replace your dryer. Make sure to follow the 50 percent rule and buy a new dryer if it costs you a ton of money to get it repaired.

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