When you’re remodeling your kitchen, there are lots of things to plan and budget for. One of the most difficult decisions is should you buy new appliances for your new kitchen. While you may want the aesthetics of a shiny new appliance, what should you do if it is basically in good working order? So, here we’ll explore the argument for replacing each of your kitchen appliances.
The refrigerator is likely to be the hardest working appliance in your home and it is vital to keep your food safe for consumption. The average lifespan of a typical refrigerator is 10 to 15 years, but the older the appliance is, the less likely it is to be energy efficient. Today’s energy efficient models use up to 60 percent less energy compared to models made in 2000. However, you can expect to pay $900 to $8,000 for a new refrigerator depending on the type, size and features. So, you need to think about the expense vs the savings. If your refrigerator is only five or so years old, you are only likely to save less than $20 a year on your energy bills by upgrading. However, if your appliance is older, there is the potential to save up to $200 a year.
A range is typically one of the most durable kitchen appliances and you can expect it to last up to 20 years with maintenance and some minor repairs. A new model can cost $650 to $2,000+, so if your range is working well, you may want to incorporate it into your new kitchen.
However, it is important to look at the feature set of new models. If your current range is a little basic, you may be amazed at the types of features and functions on the latest models. So, if you’re a keen home cook, an upgrade may be the best way to enjoy your new kitchen.
Dishwashers have become a necessity in the modern kitchen, and top of the line models can cost up to $2,000. However, new models can save both water and energy. So, if you want your new kitchen to be greener, you may want to consider an upgrade.
On the other hand, if your dishwasher is in good condition and either coordinates with your new kitchen or can be disguised behind a cabinet panel, you could save yourself a little on your remodel budget.
Considerations to Upgrade or Keep Your Kitchen Appliances
If you’re still unsure whether you should upgrade or keep your kitchen appliances, there are several considerations that can help you to make your final decision.
The Operating Performance
The most obvious consideration relates to the working condition of your appliance. While you may be reluctant to invest in a new model, if you regularly need to call out a technician for repair issues, it is a sign that your appliance is reaching the end of its useful lifespan.
When you’re going to the expense of a kitchen remodel, it seems silly to compromise the overall look of your new kitchen with tatty appliances. If your kitchen appliances look like they have seen better days, you may prefer the aesthetics of an upgrade. Alternatively, consider including panels in your kitchen cabinet budget, so you can hide away appliances that don’t look great but are in perfect working order.
Finally, you need to ask yourself whether the efficiency or functionality of your kitchen would be improved with a new model that has the latest features. New models often have time saving and energy efficient features that can enhance the overall usability of your kitchen.
If you’re considering upgrading your kitchen appliances, you can explore your options with this online collection or speak to one of our home appliance specialists for further help and guidance.