When it's best to fix, or replace that broken appliance

We all do it: buy expensive appliances, put them in our homes and then forget about them. That's a problem that can lead to problems.

"Generally speaking when they break down, it's our fault because we haven't maintained them as well as we should have," said Cheryl Reed with Angie's List.

Reed says it really isn't difficult: Clean the condenser coils on your refrigerator. If your dishwasher has a filter, find it and empty it on a regular basis.

Every appliance comes with an instruction manual that explains what needs to be done.

"Most of the appliance in your kitchen are going to last you at least 10 years, even up to 20 years if they're taken care of properly," Reed said.

But when the fridge or oven or dishwasher does break you'll have to decide whether to fix it or replace it? Reed has this advice on how to make that decision.

"If the repair cost estimate that you have is more than half the cost of replacing that unit and the unit is more than 6 or 7 years old, you're probably better off getting a new one," she said.

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Deciding When to Repair or Replace Your Appliance