Electrician, J.M. Mullen Electric
Written by John Mullen

Replacing Your Electrical Appliances

Today’s electric appliances are more energy efficient than ever before. They are also designed to last longer. It is often a good investment to replace aging appliances because your energy cost savings can be significant over time. There are a variety of questions to ask before making that purchase. Consider the questions listed below.

• How well is the appliance I want to replace currently working? For example, do you have a refrigerator that only keeps one side of the appliance cool and other foods tend to become stale before others? Does the freezer keep food frozen or are there areas where the food is not as cold at needed? These are all indications that it is time to purchase a new refrigerator. The same types of assessments can be made of heaters, washers, dryers, air conditioners, microwaves and dishwashers.

• Are you moving in the near future? If so, having modern, energy efficient appliances will bring a good return on your investment when selling your home. In contrast, if your appliances are old and inefficient, prospective buyers may shy away from having to upgrade those appliances after the purchase.

• What are the manufacturer’s and dealer’s estimates on how much you can possibly save on your utility bills? To be honest, all appliances need to be replaced eventually so is it worth the inconvenience of having an older appliance break-down to avoid purchasing a new one? Or is it better to buy the newer appliance before the old one stops working?

Finally, no matter when you decide to buy a new appliance be alert for sales and discounts. Most appliance companies provide steep incentives to entice you to purchase their product.

The experts at J. M. Mullen Electrical Services will be happy to speak with you about appliance purchases or answer other questions about your residential electric needs.