If your appliances are showing signs of wear or aren’t up to the tasks required of them anymore it might be time to update. Here are five signs to look out for that might suggest a visit to Co-operative Electrical or another quality retailer might be in order:
1. Piles of washing and a bulging fridge
Some people find that as their families or households grow, the capacity of appliances like washing machines, refrigerators and freezers has to keep up with the pace. A washing machine with a higher load capacity can help you keep on top of that particular chore and a single large load is generally more economical to wash, than two or more smaller loads. Similarly, a large fridge or freezer could be a great idea, particularly if your old one can’t hold the contents of your weekly shop.
2. You feel like you’ve travelled through time
That’s backwards through time, not forwards. Some people like the classic or vintage look and there’s nothing wrong with that, but if you consistently feel like you’re in the wrong decade every time you use your appliances, then it might be time to update. Modern appliances are often (though not always) more efficient than the items they replaced, but classic styles are still available in models that are functionally bang up to date.
3. Funny noises and bits falling off
If the door of your appliance is hanging on with a bit of a sticky tape and a prayer, it might be time to shop for a new one. Similarly, if there are odd noises coming from somewhere, it could be a sign that your appliance is on its last legs. Some faults are merely inconvenient, but a faulty cooker could be dangerous and a faulty washing machine could well flood the room, causing further damage, so it’s better to act sooner rather than later.
4. You don’t know how energy efficient they are
An energy efficient rating must now be displayed on all UK ‘white goods’ appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and tumble dryers. The EU energy label on these types of appliances includes a rating from A++ (most energy efficient) to G (least energy efficient), as well as the exact energy consumption in kilowatt hours (kWh). Appliances from before these rules were brought in don’t have to display this information and may well be far less energy efficient than a new product.
5. Problems with gas appliances
All gas appliances should be regularly serviced, but there are a few tell-tale signs that may indicate a problem. If the appliance produces a lazy yellow flame rather than a crisp blue one, leaves black marks and stains, has a pilot light that keeps going out, or simply doesn’t work, you should have it checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer immediately. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat with gas appliances, so act quickly and make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors fitted in your home, ensuring the highest level of safety for you and your family.