Should I Repair my Old Washing Machine?

26 May Should I Repair my Old Washing Machine?


Repair Washing Machine

Over the last couple of days I have been writing about our washing machine saga. If you haven’t read the previous posts, here’s the short story: Our old washer (age unknown but we think it’s about 20 yrs old) has a problem shutting off the water when it fills the tub. I did the research on the benefits of high efficiency washers to see if they pay for themselves. The answer is yes, if the new washer lasts 8-10 years (which is the average life span of the newer washers).

But that still means I need to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $800-$1500 to buy a new high efficiency washing machine. Since they have a higher capacity, we’ll probably need to upgrade our dryer so we can handle the larger loads. So that means our costs will roughly double. I guess if I need to, I can spend that kind of money. But if I don’t absolutely need to, I don’t want to spend that much money.

There’s got to be another solution

So I started investigating the other options. I called a local appliance service center to see if the washer could be repaired. At this point my wife and I are thinking we’ve got a really old washer that isn’t worth repairing but at least we need to look at all the options. When I described the problem to the repairman, he knew within a few seconds what the problem was. That’s the easy part. The hard part is how much it’s going to cost. This thing is so old he didn’t even recognize the model number so who knows how much this will cost us!

The cost to repair the old washer

We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the repair will only cost us $100 with labor. Not bad. So now that we’ve investigated the options, this washer has gone from being the “old piece of crap” to the “pretty reliable paid for washer”. For $100 I’m tempted to stick to what I know and not go through the hassle of hauling out the old units and hauling in the new units. Not to mention the $700-$3,000 this will save me in not having to buy a new washer/dryer combo.

I have to say I’m officially torn. I don’t want to spend a lot of money, but I also want to upgrade to a more efficient washer and dryer. The decision isn’t made yet. Stay tuned for the next episode of “What will Matt & Janelle Do?”

8 Comments
  • andy@AtlantaOvenRepair
    Posted at 10:52h, 13 January

    You are lucky to have a choice. So many times you really can’t tell how expensive a repair will be with a washing machine.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 21:35h, 13 January

      Very true, Andy. We were very fortunate. I think if it turned out to be expensive, we may have bought a new machine.

  • ben@Atlanta concrete services
    Posted at 12:27h, 22 January

    I think you made the right choice. Often the energy savings with newer machines that you read about, are never achievable in real life.I find that out every time I replace an AC unit.

    • Matt Wegner
      Posted at 09:45h, 24 January

      I think a lot of it depends on how much you use it, as well as how you use it, too. It would be nice to have a higher capacity machine to do fewer loads, but for now we’ll keep the old one.

  • Jessica | Dishwasher Repair
    Posted at 20:57h, 06 February

    Repair cost vs. upgrade cost. That’s a tough choice.

  • Washing Machine Repairs
    Posted at 06:37h, 17 April

    I think you should replace your washing machine instead of repairing it. Invest your money in the new machine is better than repairing. What you think?

  • Jeff Warlot
    Posted at 13:31h, 21 July

    Well, its all depend what type of washing machine you have:) Top level brands like Samsung, Bosch or LG will cost you around $1200 to buy with 1 year warranty. So, if after 1 year your washing machine will stop working you have to spend $200-$300 to repair in stead of buying a new one.
    Same time if you have really old machine of course you better just buy new one.