Should you buy a new appliance now for your Pinellas County home or wait till the old one dies? It’s hard to know exactly when the time is right to make that investment. Here are a few factors to consider.

Does the Appliance Work Well?

How clean does that dishwasher get your dishes? Are there settings on your appliance that don’t work right anymore? Does your washer make funny noises? When an appliance needs repair, if it’s getting toward the expected lifespan of the appliance, a brand new appliance might be a better investment.

Are You Moving Soon?

If you will be putting your house on the market soon, new appliances could bring you a good return on investment. Not only are new appliances attractive, they also suggest to your buyers that the rest of the home is well maintained too. Many buyers value energy efficiency and appliances, windows, and an up-to-date HVAC system will improve it.

Will They Save Money on Utilities?

Generally speaking, new appliances use less energy than older ones — but will there be enough savings to recoup your investment? Check out the yellow labels on new appliances that indicate their annual cost to operate. If you still have that information on your old appliances, just compare the two. The savings calculation can be seen in your utilities over the course of time.

Are There Sales or Tax Incentives?

Certain times of the year are better for appliance-shopping than others. In September and October, for example, you benefit from sales on last year’s models. Look into rebates that may be offered on Energy Star appliance purchases from your local power supplier. A new appliance might even snag you a tax credit.

Ultimately, the decision as to whether it’s time to invest in a new appliance is up to you, as everyone’s situation is different. Perhaps the most important consideration is the peace of mind you’ll get from knowing the appliances work well and will likely continue to do so for a long time to come. Luminous Electric can help you make your home more energy-efficient; give us a call at 727-440-4511.

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