Ovens work hard, especially around the holiday season. Think about all the turkeys, pies, macaroni and cheese, fish, and baked chicken dishes that your oven has helped create.
Unfortunately, even high-quality ovens don’t last forever. According to Sears Home Services, ovens last between 15-20 years. So, when your oven breaks down, you must consider whether a repair or replacement is the better option.
Some repairs, such as replacing the electronic control board or control panel, are expensive. If this is the case, it is time to buy a new oven because it won’t last much longer. Here is some advice to help you answer the question, “Should you repair or replace your oven?”
The Cost to Fix an Oven
Angi’s reported that oven repair costs average around $350 as of 2022. However, the price varies based on the oven type and the part that needs repairing. Repairs on the lower end include fixing the thermostat, door switch, and gas valve.
However, the more expensive repairs include the control board or control replacement panel; sometimes, both need a replacement simultaneously. That type of repair could come in at a whopping $1,000.
Estimates vary because fixing an oven that’s not heating up has several causes. Our team might have to replace an inexpensive part, such as a temperature sensor, or replace the control board.
The best way to determine something like this is by having one of our experts diagnose the problem and provide you with an estimate. We can also help you answer the hard “Should you repair or replace your oven?” question.
How to Decide for Yourself
While hiring a professional will cut out all the guesswork, there are obvious factors to help you deduce an answer. Here are those factors.
If your oven has been around for over two decades, you deserve a new one. Consider how difficult it is to find replacement parts for older ovens. Older pieces can also cost a lot of money because these pieces are so scarce.
Angi’s reported that the average cost of a new oven is between $600-$3,500. The rule of thumb is that if repair costs exceed 50% of the price to install a new oven, you should buy a new oven instead of replacing it. For example, if your oven costs $2,000 but costs $1,500 to repair, you could use that $1,500 for a new and improved oven.
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