This is a collaborated post.
It can often be a tricky decision when you have something new, and it breaks, do you fix it or do you replace. Today, we are often considered as a throwaway society; we don’t fix things like they used to, we are a society strongly influenced by consumerism, we over-consume which leads to overconsumption and excessive production of short-lived or disposable items instead of durable goods that can be repaired. It’s not just when it comes to appliance repair either, but its food wastage, toys, clothes, and older generations would even say that we are the same with relationships.
There are a number of reasons why you should repair or replace including climate change, money and the environment it doesn’t mean it is all bad though, there are some things that you should replace and some that you should repair and there are pros and cons to both so let’s have a look at the top things:
When an appliance breaks under its warranty, fixing it is usually a no-brainer. But if it’s out of warranty, then you need to consider the age of the appliance, the cost of a new device and how long either one is going to last you. You should repair if you think or feel that the appliance has a long life expectancy, but this varies for each different device and really is a judgment call. It’s probably a good idea to replace though if your appliance is out of warranty and nearing the end of its life expectancy. Even if the replacement cost more than the repairs, it’s likely at this stage that something else will go wrong with it, meaning that you will end up spending even more money.
A car is one of the most significant purchases that you can make and also one of the most used and needed items in everyday life. When your car breaks down, it’s a huge problem and can impact daily life, not just for you but for your whole family. To keep your vehicle in its best condition, you need to have it regularly maintained to minimize issues. If things do go wrong, then you need to have a look at the current value of your car, which you can do online by entering your car’s make, model year, condition and mileage. You should repair it if you need a car and cannot afford new wheels and there is no decent public transport where you live. Your repair may not come cheap but if you have no other option to get to work or school, then hopefully repairing the problem will be less expensive than buying a new car. If you can afford to replace the vehicle, however, then this might be the thing to do, especially if your mechanic identifies other problem areas with the car.
You can apply these reasons to your decision making of anything else before you think about throwing it out. You should also remember that recycling or selling for scraps, or parts can be more beneficial than just throwing things out to waste.