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Question DetailsAsked on 2/7/2014


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It has been my experience and had it recently confirmed that when it comes to household appliances , unless you are speaking of a microwave valued-$600-1000

it is always cheaper to replace the appliance.

Parts cost's and labor combined will usually exceed or equal the cost of full replacement.

Lets wait for a second or third opinion as the conversation should be interesting !

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder


I assume you are talking a countertop unit - not a master chef oven type.

Unless this is an expensive combination convection oven/microwave, definitely replace - just the labor alone for a repair it going to run $60 plus, and parts probably at least $25 - more if the microwave tube is out, not just the turntable motor. So repair likely to cost at least $100 - quite possibly more, and the kicker is you willl be out $50-75 in labor for the diagnosis before you even have a repair cost to compare to a new purchase - so you may find out you shouldhave replaced, but you will still be out that service charge.

A new microwave runs below $100 for all but the family size models - which run from $150-200 range for 2.0-2.2 cubic foot - go new. My personal recommendation from family experience - Panasonic good, GE bad.

If this is a microwave/fan combination unit a little tougher decision, but by the time you have it taken out, repaired, put back in - probably still better to go with new. Personally, I would never have an overhead micro/fan unit - dumb place to put a microwave, where it picks up all the cooking grease and moisture over the stove, and adds $150-200 range to repair/replacement cost every time it has to be replaced.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD


There are a lot of unanswered variables in your question. The answer depends on how old your microwave is, what's it's approximate CURRENT value is (because, after all, if you get it fixed, what you have is a used microwave that's X number of years old), who's going to fix it and how much is it going to cost.

If it's a countertop microwave that's over 2 years old, I'd say just arbitrarily replace it. Even high-end countertop models are relatively cheap so used ones have even less value. If you fix it, what you'd invariably be doing is paying more to fix it than the unit is worth.

If, on the other hand, it's an over-the-range high-end model that's less than 2 years old, fixing it might be practical and save you some money. These units run in the $400+ range for extreme low-end models to over $1,000 for the high end ones.

Which brings us to the question, Who's going to fix it and how much is it going to cost? If you're handy with tools and plan to fix it yourself, a fix would DEFINITELY be a viable option. A fan motor or turntable motor couldn't cost that much and you'd save a considerable amount of money by doing it yourself. Not recommended unless you know what you're doing.

Appliance service people used to give free estimates, but that's pretty much a thing of the past. Figure on $75 just to have the service guy pull into your driveway. That cost is usually applied to the cost of repairs if you have them done, but that's the MINIMUM you're going to pay if you call a serviceman. Repairs such as replacing a fan or turntable motor are going to run upwards of $200.

Beyond that, it's your call. If the microwave is worth significantly more after it's repaired than the repair cost, then I'd say a fix is definitely the way to go. If it's a close call, I'd replace, but that's strictly up to you. And finally, if the repaired microwave, after the fix, is worth less than the repair cost, replacement is obviously the way to go.

Answered 6 years ago by davidpsr

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