As homeowners, we pay a lot of bills. It is important to buy an appliance and maintain it to keep it running as long as possible. It may seem cheaper to repair an old appliance, but sometimes it’s better to go ahead and buy a new appliance. Keep energy efficiency in mind.
Appliances’ Energy Efficiency
Sometimes electric bills are so high because of old, inefficient appliances. According to the Department of Energy, the air conditioner uses the most energy, followed closely by the refrigerator. Swapping out a newer fridge or AC unit could save you lots of money and energy.
You can always calculate your appliances’ energy use by using an online calculator or by checking the energy efficiency label.
Repairing vs. Replacing Appliances
If your appliance is nearing the end of its life, it’s time to consider repairing versus replacing. Here is the typical life span of major appliances (assuming proper maintenance):
- Range – 10+ years
- Furnace – 15 years
- Washing machine – 5 to 7 years
- Dryer – 7 to 12 years
- Refrigerator – 7 years
- Microwave – 6 years
- Air conditioner – 12 to 17 years or more
- Dishwasher – 7 years
Because of appliance manufacturers constantly improving their products, new versions of appliances usually use less electricity.
For example, newer refrigerators use less energy. And some also offer energy conservation features like snack drawers or special doors that expose only part of the fridge when reaching for favorite cold items.
A new air conditioner is 20 to 40% more efficient than a unit installed 10 years earlier. Newer air conditioners feature automatic temperature adjustments, different air speed options, and increased circulation efficiency for consistent, even cooling.
A new washer and dryer can be significantly more energy efficient than older versions; it depends on the age and efficiency of your current pair. Newer units feature larger capacity (or specific capacity, such as the ability to run a very small load), better cleaning performance, quieter operation, preprogrammed cycles, less water waste, and automatic dryness sensors.
For more information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
At Bell’s Appliance Service, we offer many appliance installation and repair services that you can trust. With stores in Greenville and Jacksonville, North Carolina, we also service areas such as Kinston, New Bern, Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, Surf City, Topsail Beach, Tarboro, Pine Knoll Shores, Onslow County, and Pitt County in North Carolina. We offer excellent household appliance installation, so if you need your refrigerator repaired or a new oven installed, we’re here to help! We’re a locally owned, family-operated business, and we specialize in appliance repair, installation, and maintenance services.