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What You Should Expect to Pay for Average Appliance Repair Costs

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Man opening wallet: Average Appliance Repair CostsNothing is more frustrating than a gadget that doesn’t work. Especially an expensive appliance that doesn’t do it’s job. Unless you’re a handyman around the house, it’s best to call in a professional to help when it comes to larger equipment (so you don’t do more harm than good). But what you can expect to pay for the average appliance repair costs vary depending on a number of factors. These include age, complexity of the issue and whether or not you have a factory or home warranty. Wondering what your options are and what you should pay? Well, you’re in the right place.

Replacing vs. Repairing Appliances

So your appliance has appeared to kick the can? Ask yourself these questions before you run off to Sears to buy a replacement.

  1. Is it working? Trick question! If so, you probably wouldn’t be reading this. 😉
  2. Is it less than two years old? Most major appliances come with a standard one to two-year factory warranty. Find the serial number and call the phone number listed on your appliance to find out and file a claim. They should repair and/or fix the item at no cost to you.
  3. Do you have a home warranty? Home warranty companies provide additional, extended coverage to a wide range of appliances (depending on your policy). Your service call fee can range from $65-125 dollars (plus whatever your monthly premium is which can range between $30-60 per month). This is a steal considering you could be paying several times that for a service call.
  4. Is the repair cost more than 50% of the value of the appliance? If you don’t have a home warranty plan and the cost to repair is more than half its value than it’s probably time to replace your appliance. Sorry! But think of it as an opportunity to upgrade and get something  eco-friendly that can save you money in the long run (plus add value to your home).

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Average Appliance Repair Costs

If you don’t find yourself fortunate enough to be under a factory or home warranty and your appliance is new enough to not justify the cost of a replacement, then your best bet is to repair it. Wondering what the average appliance repair costs are?

According to Home Advisor homeowners report, appliance repair costs are around $164 and between $108 and $229 per repair. But how much repairs cost varies based on the appliance and situation.

Specifically, here’s a breakdown of what you’ll expect to pay for each appliance.

ApplianceAverage Cost to Repair
Air Conditioner$200-400
Dishwasher $100-200
Clothes Dryer$100-400
Refrigerator $200-400
Washing Machine$120-500
Water Heater$90-110

Prices based on national average but vary depending on make and model, age of appliance and your location. Often times service calls do not include parts so depending on your situation and what the repair entails (and how easily your parts are to get) those could be additional fees on top of an hourly or flat rate. Wondering specifically how much it costs per appliance? Here we’ll dive a bit deeper into some of the more common household appliances.

Dishwasher Repair Cost

If home remedies aren’t doing the trick, then it’s time to call in a professional. They’ll be able to test it out, remove the machine from the counter, if needed, check for leaks or tears in the hose and order parts for your specific washer if need be.

Average cost to repair dishwasher: $150

Clothes Dryer Repair Cost

If the heat is not working it could be something more serious and you’re better off calling a specialist who knows what they’re doing. You’re looking at around $100 at a minimum for the service call, plus parts. Dryer heating element costs can vary depending on the piece you need but luckily most handymen can get them at a wholesale price (versus you buying direct from the manufacturer).

Average cost to repair dryer: $155

Microwave Repair Cost

If it’s on but taking longer than usual to heat up then it could be the magnetron or transformers, which will need a professional’s assistance.

Average cost to repair microwave: $75-150

Refrigerator Repair Cost

If the fridge is not turning on or staying cold you might have a more serious problem on your hands. Keep in mind, if your fridge is over 15 years old, parts might be more difficult to find and will likely cost you more. Besides age, the brand and type of fridge can also affect the price of repair. And, although ice makers can be a modern luxury, they may run up to $350 alone to fix.

Average cost to repair refrigerator/freezer: $272

Washing Machine Repair Cost

Having mechanical failures?  The agitator, pump, or drive belt could be broken which are more complex and require a technician.

Average cost to repair washing machine: $230

Additional Home Appliance Repair Tips

Here are some extra things you can do when it comes to repairing your home gadgets.

  • Register your appliances with your manufacturer so they know exactly which parts you’ll need.
  • If you can group multiple appliance repairs into one call do it, because a fix can take a few minutes but you’re paying for at least an hour of the service person’s time.
  • Use a local contractor instead of a larger company to save money (plus feel good about helping the local economy).
  • Make sure your repair comes with a guarantee (in writing!).
  • Find out from your service provider if they charge extra for parts or if they are included.
  • Don’t hire a handyman that doesn’t ask a lot of questions up front. A major red flag!
  • Do your research using Angie’s List, Yelp, etc. to check reviews and reputations of contractors.
  • Always unplug your appliances before hands-on troubleshooting!

According to This Old House, the average lifespan of your typical home appliance is around 10-17 years. So unless you plan to resell in less than a decade (or your home’s appliances are more than ten years old), you should be prepared to repair or replace some sort of home appliance. At the end of the day, appliance repair costs can add up quickly! So we can’t stress enough how important it is to protect yourself with a home warranty plan. It will save you much frustration and will benefit you financially.

How long have your appliances lasted before requiring repair?

As a new homeowner Sadie understands the importance of keeping her property, and all that's in it, a top priority. Through apps like the Nest thermostat and Nest Protect she can keep an eye on things and control the temp via her smart phone why she's away. She believes in being proactive in life and using technology to keep you safe. She enjoys decorating on a budget, small DIY improvement projects and all things HGTV.

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Great article, thank you for posting. Very useful, will share with others.