Any gas cooker has the potential to develop a leak or some other flaw. A key consideration for homeowners is weighing up the cost of repairing a cooker against the cost of purchasing a new replacement, that’s less likely to go wrong. Here we take a look at five factors to think about when making this decision.
1. How old is your cooker?
Inevitably, the chances of a cooker going wrong increases with age. Unfortunately, if an older stove goes wrong, it could be the beginning of the end. Particularly if this is the most recent in a number of repairs, replacement is probably on the cards.
2. Is your current stove a good-quality installation?
With stoves, like most other things, you get what you pay for. If your current stove is from a reputable manufacturer and has been well installed, you will probably still get some life from it after the repair has been completed. It also makes sense to repair a premium stove, as the repair cost will still be significantly less than purchasing a replacement.
3. Are spares still available?
Some manufacturers stop making spares a couple of decades after they stop producing a particular stove model. This may mean that the parts simply aren’t made any more for an older cooker. In the short-term, this can be addressed through tracking down used parts. In the longer-term, in a few years it may become impossible to source parts, and a replacement will be needed.
4. What does your gas engineer think?
Gas engineers have an excellent understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the various stoves on the market. They are ideally placed to give a professional opinion regarding the merits of replacement versus repair.
5. Performance and efficiency
Older stoves are almost invariably more expensive to run than a newer model. Over a few years, a new stove can often almost pay for itself through a reduction in the energy costs required to run it.
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