At some point, every major appliance in your home will need to be upgraded. Although investing in new quality kitchen appliances can seem expensive, an upgrade is a worthwhile investment in the long run. The costs of repairs can add up quickly, and if your refrigerator or dishwasher is over ten years old, a replacement is typically the wisest choice.

When it comes to deciding when to replace your major kitchen appliances, some general rules apply. If there are any safety concerns with an appliance, it is strongly recommended to have it replaced. Also, always check with the manufacturer’s warranty to see if any repairs or replacements are covered.

Of course, there are some specific rules to follow for each type of appliance. Here are some quick tips to help you make a decision of when to opt for a replacement over a repair.

Typically, a dishwasher will last about 10 years. If you find your dishes are not ending up as clean as before after a cycle, a simple repair may fix the problem. However more complex problems such as leaking water or electrical issues will likely call for a replacement.

While a stove should last 13-15 years, expect a gas range to last a couple years longer than an electric one. While adjusting the heating elements are typically an easy fix, more complex electrical work can be more expensive. Depending on the quotes you receive from local certified professionals to fix the issue, a replacement may be the more economical choice.

Range Hoods
Like ranges, these appliances installed above them should last 13-15 years. While some repairs may call for a simple replacement of the filters or lights, other problems regarding the motor or exhaust fan may be more costly, thus making a replacement the smarter choice.

Unlike the quality kitchen appliances listed above, your refrigerator is constantly running. However, if properly maintained, a refrigerator should still last about 15 years. Issues with the ice maker, water filter, door seals, or other smaller features are typically an easy fix. If the issue lies with the compressor or the freezer side is not cooling properly, consider a replacement.

Still not sure whether to repair or replace your quality kitchen appliances? Consider the 50% rule: If an appliance is more than 50% through its expected lifespan, and the cost of a repair is more than 50% than that of a new appliance, then you should opt for a replacement.