Is it time for some sparkly new kitchen appliances? The pros and cons of repair versus modernisation
We all like buying new stuff. We live in a consumerist society, where every second of the waking day we’ve got the TV, radio and every other possible information outlet flogging amazing deals on sofas, insurance and refrigerators at us. As well as that, almost everyone likes shopping, and picking out new gadgets and products that make our lives easier and more joyful.
Having said that, we don’t always like parting with our cash! Money is hard to come by, and, as they say, it definitely doesn’t grow on trees (maybe in cows though, if the new £10 and £5 notes are anything to go by). This is why you’ve always got to weigh up the value of modernisation or repair, especially when it comes to a room as quintessentially functional as your kitchen. If you’re not up for spending the thousands required to buy big new kitchen appliances, give Service Force a call.
Why is the kitchen so important?
Kitchens are a basically the engine of a home. Think about it. It’s where you fuel up, or eat and drink; it’s where the medicine cupboard is; it’s where, in many homes, the family cooks and eats together; and it’s where you entertain guests. At its core, a smoothly functional and stylish kitchen can make home life run like a finely-tuned German automobile.
You’ve got to think then, in that case, how can you improve your kitchen? Beyond the aesthetics of cleaning, new coats of paint and new furniture, you’ve got to think about the machinery. The dishwasher, the cooker, the microwave, the fridge and freezer. Without these, this room would be unfit for purpose. That’s why, when your appliances start to age and fail, you’ve got to weigh up whether or not to replace or repair.
When it comes to repairing, the very first thing worth mentioning is that there’s a high chance it’s going to be cheaper. If your fridge or oven has been teetering on the edge for a while now, and you want to get it sorted before it finally conks out, then getting someone out to take a look could prove vastly cheaper than a new appliance. It could be as simple as a loose connection, blocked pipeline or worn-out motor, and repair could prove easy, while costing surprisingly little.
What are the three R’s of recycling?! Reduce, reuse and recycle! We’re filling up landfills on this planet faster than we can dig them, and the levels of pollution and waste are reaching catastrophic levels. Getting your old machines serviced and repaired instead of sending them to the tip could prove the green option.
All that being said, there are issues with repairing and keeping older machines. It doesn’t always prove that much cheaper, and it can leave you without a functional appliance for a bit longer than ordering a new one.
New machines can prove more efficient too, and therefore better for your energy bill, and better for the environment.
The bottom line
What it comes down to in the end is your kitchen in particular. How far gone are the appliances? How much will repairs cost? Do you really use the appliance in question all that much? Factor in all that, plus the above, and you can make the logical, informed decision to save money, help the planet, and keep your all-important kitchen running like a well-oiled machine.