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Old 03-14-2007, 11:18 PM   #1
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Repair or replace?

At what price point do you guys decide if you will repair or replace an appliance? My gas grill is in need of a rebuild. Replacing the worn parts will cost approx $200.00 I'm seriously considering buying a new stainless steel grill from Costco for $399.00.
Where do you draw the line at repair/replace cost?

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:22 PM   #2
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50% repair cost is too high in my book. I'd spring for a new grill well before
i got to the 50% level. As to a specific number, I can't say. A lot depends on the condition of the rest of the appliance and how complex it is and how many other things can go wrong.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:28 PM   #3
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Definitely a time to replace. When it costs this much to repair something, it's time to send it to the great bye-bye.

In many cases, the newer items are better and will serve you at least as long as the previous one. Trash what you have and get newer.
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:37 PM   #4
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At what price point do you guys decide if you will repair or replace an appliance? My gas grill is in need of a rebuild. Replacing the worn parts will cost approx $200.00 I'm seriously considering buying a new stainless steel grill from Costco for $399.00.
Where do you draw the line at repair/replace cost?
I can tell you this i would not get one of those stainless steel models at are like $400.00. My brother got one and he is sorry for it. I have a weber gensis grill and its worth every penny. For $400 i would definitly get a weber eventhough its not going to be stainless unless you spend a lot more. If you buy a weber and either cover it or put it in a garage/shed it will last for a very long time.

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:39 PM   #5
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Depends on how old it is......im kinda of a grinch....like to save...
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:43 PM   #6
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Personally, I'd get a new one. Just out of curiosity, how much did your current grill cost?
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:58 PM   #7
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Personally, I'd get a new one. Just out of curiosity, how much did your current grill cost?
Hi foodstorm,
As I remember I paid about $249.00 for it, end of season clearence sale.
That's why the repair cost kinda blew my mind. Replacement parts are very expensive it seems. I had a small so called "Kitchen Aid" food processor(actually made by Whirlpool) that needed a lid for the food bowl. They wanted $32.00 plus shipping for a 5" plastic lid! Oh well, I didn't like the darn thing anyway. It was too small for what I needed.
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Old 03-15-2007, 01:03 AM   #8
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As I remember I paid about $249.00 for it, end of season clearance sale.That's why the repair cost kinda blew my mind.
Oh John, then DEFINITELY go buy the new one and don't even give the old one another thought! Happy grilling!
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:49 AM   #9
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Yes, on that basis, replace. We had a gas grill that was hooked to the gas line a long time ago. Eventually it fell apart, but by that time, replacing that kind was BIG bucks. So we went to propane. We have had a number of them by now.
Look at Vermont Castings for a real quality grill.
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Old 03-15-2007, 11:21 AM   #10
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I can tell you this i would not get one of those stainless steel models at are like $400.00. My brother got one and he is sorry for it. I have a weber gensis grill and its worth every penny. For $400 i would definitly get a weber eventhough its not going to be stainless unless you spend a lot more. If you buy a weber and either cover it or put it in a garage/shed it will last for a very long time.

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Hi Ncage,
Can you tell me what your brother didn't like about his grill?
Lil sis#1 bought her BF one from Costco for Christmas this year and he loves it. It has 3 stainless main burners, 2 infrared burners, (1 under the grates and 1 in the back for rotissorie) and 1 side burner. It looks to be constructed well and he hasn't had any problems yet. But it is new though.
Thanks for your input.
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