questionshave you ever replaced or upgraded a household…

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Sometimes it makes more sense to upgrade before something dies, especially if you can save $ by getting a new energy-efficient model. I did this with a refrigerator recently; the compressor on the 10 year old one was getting a little loud, so I got an Energy Star rated one. Same size with more interior space and I saved about $3 a month on the electric bill.

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Depends how you define end-of-life.

Well over a decade ago, I had an ancient microwave with a mechanical timer, no turntable and 500W output. It worked fine, but the 1000W one that replaced it was faster, didn't require me to rotate food a 1/4 turn and was larger as well.

Same thing frequently applies to TVs, though for me, in all but one case, where the replacement was a surprise gift, it was a case of repair vs. replace and I opted for the replacement.

For water heaters in a location where a catastrophic leak is a problem, I totally understand replacing an apparently functional older one. While I've never had a problem, I know a few (too many) people that have had to pay for a cleanup AND emergency plumbing rates.

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I'm usually too cheap, er, frugal to do so, but right after Christmas we wandered into a HUGE sale at an appliance chain that was closing a lot of their local stores and shipping merchandise to this one to sell off. We replacedour perfectly good (but old) washer, dryer and range, added a "warming drawer" to go under our oven (which was already new), bought pedestals for the laundry room, two water coolers, area rugs, and Lord knows what else (I've already forgotten, but it was cash and carry and even with a van it took us four trips to get it all), and spent $1100. The new washer and dryer are high efficiency with all the bells and whistles and, at are over $900 each at Lowe's and Home Depot. We paid $250 each (They were still in their boxes! Not refurbed!) The warming drawer is $880 locally. We paid $29!

Heavens! I'm starting to hyperventilate just thinking about it again! Bargain shopping is SUCH an addiction!

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@baqui63: It was! Of course, any money we saved was soon spent because all of these purchases inspired us to replace the countertop and backsplash in the kitchen, and while we were doing that we went ahead and replaced the sink and the faucet, which all lead to replacing the countertop, sink and faucet in the guest bath...........

And when I say WE did this, I mean WE PHYSICALLY did most of the work! Whew!

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When my washer broke down, I replaced both the washer and dryer. They'd come with the house and I used them for about 15 years after buying it, who knows how long they'd been in service before that. When I redid my kitchen in yellow and white, I moved the black microwave that was in there to the game room and bought a white one to replace it. I was given the black microwave as a wedding gift in 1990, and it still works just fine down in the gaming room.

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@aynthem: That's a really excellent point--spending money on a new appliance, but saving money on the utility bills in the long-run.

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@moondrake: Yes, aesthetically it certainly makes sense to have matching appliances or a identically pair.

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We redid the kitchen, and just changed out the stove, fridge and dishwasher so we could switch from white to stainless steel appliances. The stove was 10 years old and we wanted to switch from electric to gas, so that was not too painful. The fridge and dishwasher were only 5 years old, so it pained me to buy new ones with the ones we had still working well. Turns out we gave the fridge away to some newlywed friends, so at least it will be put to good use!

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When I moved in with my boyfriend, I replaced his perfectly-fine electric stove with a new gas one, and it was absolutely worth it. I'm not even really into cooking; electric stoves just drive me crazy. My rent went way down when we moved in together, so it was easy for me to justify the expense.

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Here comes one negative - in that I replaced all of the appliances in my home (they all worked and were of excellent, high quallity when new). Yes, energey efficiency is an item to be considered, but every single one of the new ones I purchased 15 years ago have failed and been replaced. I just recently replaced a refrigerator and washer that were only 7 years old. They had had major failures and been repaired under warranty. All service people for the Bosch, Maytag (now Whirlpool I think), and GE said the very same thing - appliances do not last long anymore. My take on it if I had it to do over again would be to wait until the old one dies - really dies - before replacing it unless having them all match and changing decor is important. It was to me, but it has cost me a lot of money, and replacing the appliance way before one would expect to have to do so is not anywhere near equal to any savings in energy consumption.

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@klozitshoper: I replaced my washer and dryer that were still functional and had them in my carport deciding where to donate them. Before I could do so, my mother's dryer died. Perfect timing! She got both of my appliances which were much newer than hers.

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I squeeze every last drop out of my appliances. I'm not just here for the chat.....it's all about deals! Speaking of which, it sounds like @belyndag stumbled upon the one of a lifetime....congrats!

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@jsimsace: LOL! Thanks! My freshman roommate called me "Bargain Basement Bedoolah" because every time she would compliment something I had I would say, "Thanks! I got it for X% off!" This is my theme song: http://youtu.be/lCtrcAp3TEY .

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Dishwasher. Previous home owner bought a nice one. It was about twenty years old and worked perfectly, but it was the loudest thing ever. Hard to sleep, hard to watch TV.