If you have noticed that it is taking longer than normal for your clothes to dry, you may be wondering if it’s time to call the repairman or replace your old dryer with a new one. It can be a difficult decision, but there are a few factors that you should consider.
- Cost to Repair vs. Replace. As a general rule, if the dryer repair cost is more than half the replacement cost, it is time to buy a new dryer. Things to consider when looking at repair costs are whether parts are still being produced for your particular dryer model and if you can do the repairs yourself.
- Energy Efficiency. Newer dryer models are much more energy-efficient and have improved features to save energy. Gas-powered dryers are less expensive to run than electric, and models that have a moisture sensor will save energy because the sensor can determine when your clothes are dry, rather than using a timed drying cycle. Newer models may also have a low heat setting that saves energy, even though the drying time is longer. When searching for a new dryer, look for the Energy Star label that certifies that the dryer model has met the international standard of superior energy efficiency.
- Age. The average lifespan of a dryer is around 13 years. However, even if your dryer has reached that age, don’t be too quick to assume that it needs to be replaced the first time you need a dryer repair. The amount of use and whether or not regular maintenance has been done will also play into the decision.
- Features. If your dryer is older and you have been wishing you had more drying options, a newer model may be worth considering. Even a basic new dryer will be more energy efficient than your old model, and will more than likely offer more features. Quicker drying times, quieter operation, a steam-dry feature, permanent press and a variety of other options may make the decision for you.
If you feel your clothes dryer still has plenty of life left and you are in need of dryer repair, our highly trained technicians are here to get the job done right. Please call us at Workman Heating, Air and Appliance Repair today!