[homeclinic] Re: Monthly posting. Repair or replace?

Hi Ken,

Ah, my only competition as an appliance servicer-
that confounded decision!

The answer to this question seems to vary according
to where you're located. Here in the boonies, most folks
will repair if the cost is less than 1/2 the price of new
- if they get an honest opinion of a servicer they trust.

If they've dealt with one of the big service companies
- the only one here in our area is Sears - they almost
always lean more toward replacement. Sears has done
an excellent job of converting service problems into retail
sales around here. And hey, that's what they do, I'm not
hammering them too hard. But 'nuff said.

From what I'm hearing (and judging from the age and
quality of appliances a reconditioner friend of mine is
getting from the Washington DC area) this must be very
different in urban areas.

He's picking up beautiful, newer equipment that people
from that area have scrapped, and that usually needs only
minor repairs. (He loves it!)

My usual rule of thumb is the '1/2 the price of new' formula
above. I also seriously consider what I'd do if it were my
own, and factor that in heavily in advising my customers
on this. Brand, age, family size, and reliability history of the
model in question are all factors too.

It's a good question. One you would've probably gotten
very different answers to a decade ago. 'Wish there were
a shorter answer!

Good to hear from you, by the way!

God bless,

Dave Harnish
Dave's Repair Service
New Albany, PA
drs@xxxxxxxxxx
570-363-2404

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Amos 4:13

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