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.
Can unbalanced loads damage a washing machine?
If the washing machine is overloaded or all the clothes are packed to one side, the imbalance can cause the washing machine to jerk and shake. These vibrations can be violent enough to slam the machine against other objects, possibly causing damage to its exterior.
How often should the coils under the refrigerator be cleaned?
Refrigerator coils should be cleaned at least twice a year. Households with pets should clean their refrigerator coils more frequently.
At what temperature should a refrigerator and freezer be set?
To reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends homeowners set their refrigerators at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and their freezers at 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Which is less expensive to operate, a gas or electric dryer?
In terms of operations and upkeep, gas dryers are less expensive than electric. The actual savings depends on the cost of gas vs. electricity in the area. Still, gas dryers heat up faster than electric ones do, making them slightly more energy efficient. However, gas dryers are priced higher than electric ones, so homeowners should prepare to pay more at the outset.
What is the best way to increase the longevity of home appliances?
Proper maintenance helps most home appliances last longer. Homeowner's should check their user's manuals for insight on how often to inspect, clean or upgrade their appliances.