There comes a time in every washing machine's life where one must choose whether to purchase a new washing machine, or to repair the old one. That was the case last week when my washing machine, purchased brand new in 2006, started to flood my kitchen. In 2006 we purchased a brand new washing machine for the now unheard of price of $395.
I called the repair man and explained the situation to him. He asked me for the model number and then he asked me a few specific questions. Was it leaking from the front of the machine? Was it more to one side than the other? Was I positive it wasn't from a hose?
The repair man and I also discussed the price of a new washing machine. A newer model of the same machine was now running for $595 and that was before taxes. Okay, so $200 more wasn't such a bad increase but if the old one could be repaired for less which was the better deal?
About an hour later the repair man called me back. He had what he believed to be the correct part in stock. The cost of said part would be $55. The house call would be another $60. The labor, depending upon the time, would be as little as $30 and as much as $60. Did I want him to come out and take a look at the machine and see if this was indeed the part.
As the laundry was piling up, and I certainly didn't want to spend $595 on another washer I opted to have him come out. It turned out he was correct and the $55 part was what was required to stop the leaking and make our washer again usable.
20 minutes later my washer was up and running perfectly. The total cost of repairs including the part, house call and installation time as well as taxes came to $157. For $157 I had a virtually brand new washing machine. I had saved over $400 plus tax by having my old washer repaired in lieu of purchasing a new washer.
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