Buying new appliances can be a costly investment, but purchasing more energy efficient models can help save you money long term. When your annual maintenance is not enough and your electricity bill is still too high, here’s how to know when it is time to retire the old and purchase the new.
The new front load washing machines use half the water as a top loader, but they also use under a quarter of their energy. So if it’s beyond the 10-year mark and you have a top-loading machine, an upgrade would be a great decision. In terms of a dryer, with regular maintenance, there is not any need for a replacement unless there is a serious issues.
New energy star dishwashers use half the water, clean more efficiently and are less noisy compared to older versions. If your water bill appears to be high and your dishes appear to have lost their glow, it might be time to upgrade to a more contemporary model.
If your fridge is more than 20 years old, an upgrade can help save you a few hundred dollars each year since the efficiency of newer versions has increased by over 40 percent.
If it’s 10-year old or newer, there’s absolutely no need to upgrade. Keeping up with the appliance maintenance and leaving the temperature below 40 degrees will keep your energy use down. At this age, if your fridge is acting up, feel free to give us a call for our appliance repair service.
Start by looking at your energy efficiency ratio (EER) which can be found in your guide, on the company’s website or the side of your unit. Since the 90s, the average rating has increased to a 10 while old models are usually about a 7. A number of the more recent cooling systems offer ionizing filters that provide cleaner air, quieter fans, and duel room cooling for much more control and less energy waste. If you’re still on the fence, then anything more than 20 years is well worth updating.
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