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repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Mar 23, 2019 10:23 AM
       repair vs replace (by Jim In O C [CA]) Mar 23, 2019 10:43 AM
       repair vs replace (by plenty [MO]) Mar 23, 2019 10:57 AM
       repair vs replace (by Deanna [TX]) Mar 23, 2019 11:27 AM
       repair vs replace (by LindaJ [NY]) Mar 23, 2019 1:07 PM
       repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Mar 23, 2019 1:20 PM
       repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Mar 23, 2019 1:51 PM
       repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Mar 23, 2019 2:29 PM
       repair vs replace (by allym [NJ]) Mar 23, 2019 2:38 PM
       repair vs replace (by Deanna [TX]) Mar 23, 2019 3:20 PM
       repair vs replace (by Robert J [CA]) Mar 23, 2019 4:27 PM
       repair vs replace (by Lynn [MA]) Mar 23, 2019 6:06 PM
       repair vs replace (by Johnny B. [MA]) Mar 23, 2019 6:36 PM
       repair vs replace (by moby [IN]) Mar 23, 2019 8:38 PM
       repair vs replace (by Vee [OH]) Mar 23, 2019 8:50 PM
       repair vs replace (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Mar 23, 2019 9:01 PM
       repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Mar 24, 2019 4:36 AM
       repair vs replace (by LindaJ [NY]) Mar 24, 2019 4:42 AM
       repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Mar 24, 2019 8:29 AM
       repair vs replace (by Jason [PA]) Mar 24, 2019 9:07 AM
       repair vs replace (by kt [IL]) Mar 24, 2019 3:17 PM
       repair vs replace (by Laura [MD]) Mar 24, 2019 5:35 PM
       repair vs replace (by NE [PA]) Mar 24, 2019 5:55 PM

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repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 10:23 AM
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When do you decide to repair rather than replace an appliance? How do you factor in age, expected life, costs & tenant disruption when making your decision?

This week I had a problem with a gas stove not lighting. It was new in 2016 & cost $498.00 plus tax, installation, & permit. From the tenant's answers to my questions I was confident that it most likely needed a new igniter. I have at least 10 of these GE gas stoves & know that the part cost me about $90.00. I also know it takes me 30 minutes or so to replace one. Since I was going to be unavailable to fix this I had a trusted repair company take care of coordinating getting the part, meeting the tenant & doing the repair. They charged me $212.50 which I thought was a very fair price. I've used this company for refer, stove & coin op service since the mid 1980s. I trust them to do what needs to be done whether it's a repair or a replacement. I also know that if this stove wasn't worth fixing they would have let me know & not done the repair.

When you factor in all of the cost with replacing this stove l this repair cost me less than 25% of what a new stove would have been. If I could have been available to do it, I would have spend less than $100.00. I'm not sure if it matters but this is a 2 bedroom unit that rents for $1,536.00 per month plus utilities.

Would you have had it repaired or replaced?

--96.237.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by Jim In O C [CA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 10:43 AM
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Repair . --99.23.xxx.x




repair vs replace (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 10:57 AM
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Repair --99.203.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 11:27 AM
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I needed to replace an ignitor several years ago. The part cost me about $250, plus about $100 for labor. It taught me not to move a gas stove from House A to House B, to avoid unnecessary damage to a fragile ignitor, and that if I had a damaged ignitor in the future, it would be a $350 repair on a $500 appliance.

Glad you had cheaper parts, and have the ability to take care of it yourself! And, failing that, you had someone to cover for you at a good price. --166.137.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 1:07 PM
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When a repair is getting close to half the price of a new one. I go with a new one. If the repair is electronic and you don't know which board it might be, the cost could be half a new one.

If the item is 5 years or older. Probably a new one because something else will probably go.

--108.4.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 1:20 PM
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Are you talking the oven glow plug? (they get weak with age I know-- --99.103.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 1:51 PM
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There are 2 types of oven ignitors round and rectangle-- with 2 wires and it's mounted on the oven gas bar-- please don't say you spent 250.00 on one of those? --99.103.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 2:29 PM
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myob[GA], it's an electronic igniter for the oven in a GE gas stove. I believe it's part # WB2X9998 replacement igniter kit. The last one I got was about $85.00.

--96.237.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by allym [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 2:38 PM
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Had a tenant wreck the igniter of an older stove by taking a wet rag and slopping water into the top of one that was not sealed burners the week before Christmas a couple years ago. It was a crappy Premier so I replaced it. Was I ever mad when I saw what she was doing. She may have done it on purpose. Professional cleaning lady room mate to another woman. --73.248.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 3:20 PM
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Myob, it was for a Tappan. The repair was in 2014, but I think the stove was a discontinued model from 2010.

A quick glance at the ApplianceParts website shows igniter assemblies that range from $18 to $220, plus shipping. Don't know how interchangeable they are... the difference between a $20 igniter assembly, vs a $70 igniter assembly, vs a $110 igniter assembly, vs a $190 igniter assembly, vs a $220 igniter assembly.

So even if it should have sold for ($20) ($70) ($190) (whatever) instead of $220 + shipping, I chalk up whatever markup may or may not have existed to knowing what to order to get the problem fixed quickly, plus the cost of education to discover that gas ranges are far more fragile than I thought they were. And then I don't make that mistake again... --96.46.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 4:27 PM
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I am a contractor, electrician, plumber and engineer. For 35 years I fixed my tenants appliances. I keep spare parts and know how to fix them. HOWEVER, I no longer like to be a slave to my tenants. When an appliances starts to go bad, they almost never give me a heads up. They wait unit the end of the day to give me a call. I was already at the property on other issues and I hate to return.

So I purchase appliances with an extended warranty and use my American Express card that give me an additional year's coverage for free.

This way my tenant can call the appliance repair center and schedule their own appointment. I give them a copy of the receipt and warranty.

These days depending on the appliance I firsts try to fix it and if it's already beyond it's normal life span, I'll replace it instead. --47.156.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 6:06 PM
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We repair gas and electric stoves. We have some that are 30+ years old and still going. When we replace a stove we strip the parts off the old one before dumping it. --66.30.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by Johnny B. [MA]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 6:36 PM
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I would have also repaired it. Have you ever checked out appliancepartspros. Com? They have a good selection of replacement parts, good prices, and even include video install instructions for a lot of the parts. --24.147.xx.xxx




repair vs replace (by moby [IN]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 8:38 PM
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$11.50 from McCombs Supply for that part. I would repair. --68.60.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 8:50 PM
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I hope you change to electric ranges next turnover, that is a cheap part, much of the other parts that carry gas cost mid 3 digits and compared to electric coils or even a smooth top the newer gas appliances are not cost effective. --76.188.xxx.x




repair vs replace (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Mar 23, 2019 9:01 PM
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Steve,

You need a permit to swap a stove?!?

We repair until the thing looks outdated or worn. I consider the hassle, shopping for the new one, two guys to move it, the stairs, the potential dents or door gouges...taking my good guys off a turnover when the appliamce tech is roghtnthere with parts on his truck and the res is happy it was fixed within 24 hours...DONE is an important factor.

When a house is slow to rent Iíll add or upgrade kitchen appliances, faicet, bath cabinet/sink/faicet/mirror.

BRAD

--73.102.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 4:36 AM
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Brad, in MA only a state licensed gas fitter can legally work on installing or replacing anything involving natural or propane gas. The initial installation, removal & replacement a gas stove, water heater, furnace, boiler, fireplace log, piped grill, etc must be done by a MA licensed gas fitter. It requires a permit (most are $50.00 minimum) & theoretically an inspection. Of course once the permit fee has been paid, some inspection tags get issued without ever having an on site inspection. Insurance claims have been denied & gas services turned off for lack of a current inspection tag.

In MA all plumbers are not necessarily licensed to do gas work. In MA property owners even of a SFD are not allowed to do any plumbing work or gas work. I can remember when Pex & PVC plumbing wasn't allowed. Most of this is due to strong lobbying by the plumbing union. A local HD had their entire store shut down for a day as a result of their conducting an in-house WH installation demonstration.

In MA a SFD property owner is allowed to do electrical work proved that get written approval from the local wiring inspector.

I know that some on this site don't believe Robert's stories of how things work in CA but knowing the way things work here in MA, I understand where he's coming from. --96.237.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 4:42 AM
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WOW! For a tenant, I would then replace with an electric stove and be done. --108.4.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 8:29 AM
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The square glow plug is 12.00 the round is 37.00. If anyone was looking at 250.00 for a stove part-- I'd be down at the scratch and dent sale for 389.00 and get new.

We have a warehouse and we buy 3 or 5 at a time-- water heaters, gas and electric stoves, dishwashers (6) Compressors 2 and 2.5 ton and about 6 35lbs of Freon 22.

I'm sorry but there's no one going to keep me from working on my own places. I'ill take my chance. Once got caught by inspector changing out gas water heater-- told him to HIT THE ROAD and never heard from them again.

Note: you can buy hvac stuff if you get the Freon license for your own places. For compressor nits get the ones with nitrogen pre charged-- since no Freon you can buy as if your a contractor.

If you follow the rules-- the rule makes make the money and we get diddle!!!! --99.103.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by Jason [PA]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 9:07 AM
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You could type the hot surface igniter number and cross reference and get them for a fraction of 90$ --71.207.xx.xx




repair vs replace (by kt [IL]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 3:17 PM
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Check on e bay I think you'll find the generic replacement ignighter a heck of a lot cheaper/ easy to change --173.233.xxx.xx




repair vs replace (by Laura [MD]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 5:35 PM
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I also need a permit to switch out a gas stove. They do something and also install an anti tip thing. B of insurance, i would get the permit. --108.51.xxx.xxx




repair vs replace (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Mar 24, 2019 5:55 PM
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A permit to switch out a stove? I would not live like that. --50.107.xxx.xxx



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