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When Should I Buy New Appliances?

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As much as you may love your appliances, eventually, they will all need to be replaced. Below, we’ll provide some of the typical signs that mean your appliances are ready to retire. We’ll also give you some tips for the best time to shop for new major appliances!


Not sure if it’s time to give up on your old range, refrigerator, or dishwasher? Here are some ways to tell.

Dishwasher (Lifespan 10-13 years)

When a dishwasher is approaching retirement age, it can have multiple issues including leaking, overheating, and overcooling. Additionally, it might give off strange odors or make odd noises.

Refrigerator (Lifespan: 10-12 years)

The biggest clues that your refrigerator is on its way out are spoiling food and excessive condensation. Older fridges can struggle to maintain a cool temperature. If the backside of your refrigerator feels warm there might also be a problem with the motor.

Range, Stove, or Oven (Lifespan: 10-15 years)

When it comes to the flames of a gas stove or range, they should burn a bright blue. If the flames burn red or orange and cleaning the burners does not help, it’s time to look at a new appliance. For electric stoves, you should buy a replacement if the stovetop develops a crack in the tempered glass—a potential safety hazard.

Ovens can last for a very long time, but if the appliance is taking an extremely long time to heat up or can’t reach your desired temperature, it most likely needs to be replaced.

Washer and Dryer (Lifespan: about 10 years)

Unfortunately, the most common sign that you need to replace your washer is going to be a leak, which is why having a pan beneath the appliance is so important. For both your washer and dryer, keep an ear out for any strange noises. Unusually high energy bills can also be a sign that it’s time to replace the appliances.


Generally, the “rule of thumb” is if an appliance’s repair cost is about half the cost of a new model, it makes more sense to buy a new appliance. However, you might want to buy a matching set so that your living space looks uniform.

The best time to buy is when new models typically hit the market:

  • January: ovens and ranges
  • May: refrigerators
  • September and October: washers, dryers, and dishwashers

This will give you an opportunity to snag a good deal on older models. Appliance retailers may also have rebates available on new models during these months.

For reliable major appliance repairs, you can always count on our Milford technicians at Tri-City Heating and Cooling: (203) 303-5700.