One of the most important parts of avoiding major expenses during homeownership is proper maintenance and replacement of key appliances. Many of homeownerships' most expensive events - like basement flooding or a pipe burst - can be attributed to an appliance that was neglected for too long.
For many homeowners, knowing when the time is right to call a professional for maintenance or replacement is confusing and stressful.
Here are 5 key signs that your appliance needs to be looked at by a professional:
If your appliance has started making loud, unexpected noises, it is likely that the engine or motor is overworking. This is a clear sign that something is wrong.
Appliances that get too hot when in operation are showing signs of wear, tear and needing to be replaced. If the appliance is getting too hot due to a malfunction in the motor, it’s best to replace it.
If your HVAC coils keep freezing, that is a sign that something is wrong internally with your system.
If an appliance keeps tripping your breaker or fuse box, it may be time for a new one.
If an appliance is consistently in need of repairs, that is an indication that it is reaching the end of its life. It is time to consider a replacement.
BONUS: Shipshape Appliance Monitoring
For the most up-to-date info, check out the Appliance Details page in the Shipshape app to see the expected lifespan of your appliance. Shipshape estimates the lifespan by usage data specific to your appliance based on your make/model, weather conditions, and any connected monitoring devices that are monitored by Shipshape.
Visit the My Budgeting page to plan your home’s appliance maintenance and replacement costs over the next several years.