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Microwave Ovens: Tips For Knowing When To Repair And When To Replace

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For most kitchen appliances, the question of whether or not to repair them is a no-brainer. Ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers routinely cost from in the mid to high three digits range or even more for higher-end models and brands. Because of the cost of these new appliances, opting to repair is almost always the better value for the average homeowner. 

Regarding microwave ovens, which typically cost much less than large appliances, the decision may be much more difficult. If your current microwave oven is failing. and you are undecided about whether to repair it or replace it, this information can help you make the best decision. 

Consider the initial and replacement costs

If the microwave oven in your kitchen is a relic from your college dorm room or one that you bought at your neighbor's garage sale for a few bucks, replacing it with a larger, higher quality model is probably the best option. If, however, the problem is something that you feel may not be expensive to repair, such as a loose handle or faulty door seal, you may still want to take the time to call an appliance service and find out how much the repair would cost.

If you decide to go ahead with the repair, making arrangements to drop the microwave off and pick it up after it is repaired will eliminate paying for the service call and help make the repair cost even more affordable. 

Consider the type and usage of your appliance

If your microwave is a larger, more expensive model that you like and rely on frequently, paying to have it repaired can be a wise investment. This applies to models that have large capacities, and those that have additional functions, such as browning elements or convection settings, that you enjoy using.

Consumers may, however, want to spend time to do their research before making a final decision to see if their current microwave model and brand has had numerous complaints from other users. If so, you may still want to replace it with a similar model of a different brand to avoid future repair issues. 

If you are still uncertain about what to do with a problem microwave oven, take time to call and speak with the appliance professional that offers microwave repair services. Their experience will help them offer you sound advice on when it is best to repair a faulty microwave and when replacing it is the smarter choice.