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When To Replace Your Appliance?

Here are three common signs that hint it may be time to replace your appliance:

  • Age: The age of your appliance is a significant factor in determining whether to repair or place it. Most appliances have a lifespan of 10-15 years, after this time frame, they tend to begin wearing out and breaking down frequently.
  • Frequent Breakdowns: If your appliance is frequently breaking down, it may be time to replace it. Frequent repairs can be costly and may not solve the underlying problem.
  • Cost of Repairs: The cost of repairing your appliance can sometimes be higher than the cost of replacing it. If repairs cost more than 50% of the appliance’s value, it may be more cost-effective to replace it.

Do I Repair Or Replace My Appliance?

We’re going to cover some of the common problems that occur in refrigerators, dryers, and dishwashers that most often than not, can be easily repaired. It is important to note that while the occasional repair may be worth the money, when many components fail it is a sign that the appliance as a whole is breaking down. In this case, it makes more sense to replace your home appliance rather than replacing appliance parts or undergoing frequent repairs.


It's no laughing matter when you have an issue with your refrigerator. Being one of the most important kitchen appliances, the refrigerator is the sole device that keeps your food cool and fresh. While there are a variety of reasons why your refrigerator may not be performing properly, we are going to help you figure out if your major appliance needs repair services or if you need a new unit altogether.

When Should You Repair Your Refrigerator?

First and foremost, determine if the equipment is worth fixing. Replacement is a preferable alternative if it is extremely old and may require frequent servicing, or if the cost of repairs is close to or higher than the cost of a newer model with higher efficiency. Here are several signs that your refrigerator needs to be repaired:

  • Temperature: The heat in your refrigerator should be below 40°F and below 0°F in the freezer. If the unit isn't cooling correctly, it might be due to an issue with the thermostat, coils, airflow, or vent. A refrigerant leak might also be to blame.
  • Noises: Noises coming from the rear of the refrigerator might indicate a problem with the condenser fan, compressors, or defrost timer. A faulty fan within the fridge might be the source of the noise. A rattling drain pan might be the source of the noise if it's coming from the bottom.
  • Doors Not Sealing: Cool air will leak if the door does not seal correctly, causing the refrigerator to operate inefficiently. Food rotting is also a worry. Professionals can fix door seals rather than replace the complete device.
  • Water/Ice: If your refrigerator's water dispenser or ice maker isn't working, the components related to these systems may be fixed or changed. You may prevent repairs (and perhaps increase the life of your refrigerator) by avoiding overloading it, which lessens the strain just on the compressor. It's also a good idea to avoid blocking air vents. To preserve efficiency, wipe the entrance gaskets clear on a regular basis & vacuum the fridge coil at the bottom.


Should you fix or replace your damaged clothes dryer? There are various things to think about. If you can perform a simple repair for a low cost, that's usually your best option; but whether you're looking at just a few hundred dollars in dryer repairs, you'll need to figure out what was going to be more expensive over time. It's a good rule of thumb to replace your dryer completely if it's close to ten years old, particularly if the repair estimate is excessive. The majority of dryers have a life expectancy of 10 to 15 years.

When Should You Repair Your Dryer?

  • Temperature: Your dryer should be producing heat and drying clothes properly. If it is not, there could be a problem with the thermostat, heating element, or airflow that may need repairs.
  • Drum: If the drum is not spinning or is shaking excessively, it could be due to a worn belt or faulty motor.
  • Door: If the dryer door is not closing properly or is difficult to open, it could be due to a faulty door switch or latch.
  • Burning Smell/Smoke: If the dryer is producing a burning smell or emitting smoke, it could be due to a link buildup or a faulty heating element.
  • Leaking: If the dryer is leaking water or causing water damage to the surrounding area, it could be due to a faulty water inlet valve or a clogged drain hose.


When considering whether to replace or repair your dishwasher, there are two major aspects to consider: the availability of replacements and the age of the appliance. This information will assist you in deciding which choice is best for your business. Dishwashers normally last ten years, although Consumer Reports estimates that roughly 30% of modern dishwashers need repair within the first 5 years.

When Should You Repair Your Dishwasher?

  • Drainage: If the dishwasher is not draining properly, it could be due to a clogged drain, hose, pump, or filter.
  • Noises: Unusual or loud noises during operation can indicate a problem with the motor, pump, or spray arm.
  • Cleaning: If the dishes are not getting cleaned properly, it could be due to a clogged spray arm, malfunctioning wash motor, or faulty detergent dispenser.
  • Odor: If the dishwasher is emitting a foul odor, it could be due to food debris buildup inside the dishwasher or filter.

Recommended Appliances

Refrigerator: JennAir RISE 72" Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator

Why We Love It: The JennAir RISE 72" Counter-Depth French Door Refrigerator has a sleek obsidian Interior that gives it a sophisticated look with a counter-depth design that allows it to seamlessly blend in with your kitchen cabinets for a streamlined appearance.

This refrigerator offers an ample storage space with a total capacity of 23.8 cubic feet and advanced features like the Precision Temperature Management System to keep your food fresh and organized. It also includes adjustable shelves, door bins, and a full-width temperature-controlled pantry drawer, so you can customize the space to fit your needs.

Dryer: Speed Queen DC5 Sanitizing Electric Dryer

Why We Love It: The Speed Queen DC5 Sanitizing Electric Dryer features Extended Tumble technology, which helps prevent wrinkles and keeps your clothes looking neat and tidy. This feature is particularly useful for those who don't have the time or desire to iron their clothes after drying.

The dryer also features a reversible door, which allows you to easily switch the door swing to fit your laundry room layout. Another great feature of this Speed Queen Dryer is its Sanitizing cycle, which uses high heat to kill germs and bacteria, making it a great option for households with young children or those with sensitive skin.

Dishwasher: Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher 24" Stainless steel

Why We Love It: The stainless steel Bosch dishwasher features a precision wash system that uses intelligent sensors to analyze the level of dirt on your dishes and adjusts the wash accordingly for a deep and thorough clean.

This Energy Star Certified washer operates quietly to not disrupt your home and has a unique 24/7 Aquastop system which prevents leaks and water damage. It is also equipped with a flexible third rack that offers additional space for larger utensils and silverware, as well as a variety of adjustable tines and racks so you can customize the space to fit your needs.

Ready To Repair Or Replace Your Appliance?

When you are ready to purchase a new appliance or are in need of replacement parts for your appliance, Silica can help. When you purchase an appliance with us, you have access to our appliance service and parts departments. Our experienced technicians are available to service everything we sell to have your appliance running smoothly in no time. We also have a well-stocked parts department if you would like to repair your appliance yourself, our knowledgeable team is always here to help you find the right part you need as well as guide you throughout the repair process.

If you are replacing an appliance, we have a great range of the best washer and dryers, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, built-in refrigerators, and so much more for you to choose from. Visit any of our store locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and Watertown Wisconsin to find the perfect appliance for you no matter your budget or preference!

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