Tips & Advice
Do used appliances consume more power than new ones?
Used appliances do not necessarily use more power than new ones. However, depending on the age, make, and model, most new appliances maximize energy efficiency compared to older appliances. Appliances in poor condition will also be less efficient and might not perform as well. It’s generally safe to assume a newer product will be more economical in energy consumption than older models, but there are occasional exceptions to the rule.
Where is the best place to buy used appliances?
There is no “best” place to buy used appliances. It is simply a matter of researching and finding a business near you that fits your needs and budget. Along with brick-and-mortar stores, scour local want ads and websites; you can often find bargains, estate sales, and even free appliances from people moving or desperate to get rid of them.
Does it cost more to repair older used appliances?
It does not necessarily cost more to repair older used appliances. Cost is completely dependent on the nature of the repair, availability of parts, and the labor required. Some places specialize in older appliances and; finding someone with access to parts and knowledge of older machines might be a fiscally savvy choice over paying for a costly replacement.
Do used appliances offer significant cost savings?
Used appliances can potentially be a lot cheaper than buying a new appliance. Competing prices, product type, and supply-and-demand all factor into the price--and thus the savings--point. Some older appliances are not as energy efficient as their newer counterparts and could ultimately cost you more in increased utility bills. Used appliances will almost always be cheaper, so if you’re on a budget, it’s often a better option.
Do used-appliance dealers offer warranties?
Warranties are dependent on the dealer, and while most dealers offer warranties to buyers, it is not required. Warranty sales, however, are a cash-cow business, so most dealers are usually motivated to sell you one. Some might come with a warranty as part of the purchase price. Remanufactured or refurbished appliances are another alternative, and most come with warranties from the supplier.
What causes a refrigerator to leak water?
Water leakage is usually caused by a blockage of the defrost drain by food or debris. The ensuing overflow can leak inside the refrigerator or outside. This problem is often an easy DIY fix--just clean the debris away. If you cannot locate it, it could be a clog of the system and might require a technician.
What causes a refrigerator to run constantly?
The most common cause of a refrigerator running is a faulty seal, usually on the door, allowing a constant flow of warm, humid air into the unit. To combat the warm air, the refrigerator’s cooling system kicks in and might stay on. This can cause strain on the cooling unit, not to mention higher utility bills.
Why has my ice maker stopped making ice?
The most common reason an ice maker stops making ice is a faulty water supply line. The most likely culprits are the supply line being frozen, broken, disconnected, or the filter being clogged, which prevents water from passing through.
What is the most common refrigerator maintenance issue?
The most common refrigerator maintenance issue is the most obvious: The refrigerator isn’t cold enough. Next is a faulty ice maker, the refrigerator not functioning at all, the unit is making strange noises, and the dispenser units are not dispensing water and/or ice.
What causes frost in the freezer?
Frost buildup in the freezer is a result of warm, humid air entering the freezer and then freezing. It could be as simple as frequent opening and closing of the door, or a faulty door seal allowing air to flow in. If those are not the issues, the automatic defrost system might be malfunctioning and require servicing.