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When Should I Replace My Large and Small Appliances?

I had an 8 year old toaster which wasn't working the way I thought it should. I bought an on sale $35.00 toaster for $20.00. It had excellent reviews. My husband said I should have not done that, but to use the old toaster till it quit. Is that true? Should I do this with all appliances? Thanks in advance for your advice.


By Helen from Trilla, IL

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August 23, 20100 found this helpful

I replace toasters, and other small appliances, including microwaves, when I don't think they are working right, and as soon as I have extra money to do it. I don't want to be without in case something should "die" when I don't have the money to replace it. Of course I don't have a man around telling me what I should and shouldn't do either. I used have one of them, but life is so much more peaceful after we split up.

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August 23, 20100 found this helpful

I do what redhatterb does. If my toaster or coffeemaker is not acting right, I keep my eyes open for a replacement. I have bought cheap basic items like these from Target or Walmart and they do the job just fine. I don't worry about product reviews for this sort of thing.


I also don't agree with your husband's advice. If a small appliance doesn't work right it is annoying. There is no reason to live with that annoyance if you don't want to.

For larger appliances like a washing machine, I think most people wait until it dies before looking to repair or replace it.

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

Life expectancy of appliances in years. Toasters are expendable because of their low cost.
Microwave oven 10
Garbage disposal 10-12
Trash compactor 10
Water heater, gas 11-13
Water heater, electric 13-14
Water heater, tankless (on demand) 20+
Smoke detector 10
Refrigerator, side by side 14
Refrigerator, top mount 14
Refrigerator, bottom mount 17
Refrigerator, single door 19
Refrigerator, compact (dorm type) 5
Washing machine, top load 14
Washing machine, front load 11
Dryer 13
Range, electric 17
Range, gas 19
Dishwasher 10
Cooktops 13-20
Air Conditioner (room size) 10

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

If I think a small appliance isn't working right I replace it. Beside you got a good deal on the new toaster.


Donate the old one. Get rid of it. I'm sure he would feel different about the old toaster if he wanted toast and it didn't work that day.

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

There are some things husbands know nothing about. What goes on in the kitchen is usually one of those things. If you want a new one get it. If he needs a power screw driver does he ask you?

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

I'm with redhatterb and Ann Parker. If the toaster is only toasting one side of the bread, for example, or burning on any setting beyond the minimum, it's time for a replacement. The last toaster I bought cost $14 at Wal-mart, probably 8+ years ago.
If it's working but not perfectly, it's more convenient to go ahead and buy the new one to have on hand when the inevitable happens. This goes for even larger appliances, provided you have the storage.


And old, reasonably-working appliances, large and small, are best donated. My old bed went to the St Vincents thrift store, as have several other imperfect but working items. Our old fridge would've gone to the homeless shelter's housing program, had not an old friend needed it.

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August 29, 20100 found this helpful

I say keep the new toaster and just put it some place where he maybe won't notice it. When the old one finally gives out make sure it is when he is waiting for his toast. If I buy a small appliance, I always get another if their on sale. Nothing lasts forever, and since I haven't noticed prices going down, this is a smart thing to do. On large appliances I'd wait for a good sale.

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