Major or minor problem?
Before you make that decision, scrutinise the troubleshooting part of your appliance manual and see if there is a possibility to fix whatever hiccups your washing machine, stove or fridge are causing. Perhaps it is not a major problem, and you may even be able to fix it yourself. Sometimes it's a simple matter of servicing or cleaning certain parts. You could also do some research online to determine whether you are dealing with a major or minor problem before calling in the repair guy or deciding whether it's time for a replacement.
Age is of the essence
If your appliance is one of those old, trusty machines that has served you well through the years but suddenly starts giving you problems, it may unfortunately be time for a new one. If it has already given up on you in the past, it may cost you more in the end to have it fixed (again) then to replace it with a new appliance. Also, the older your appliance, the more difficult it usually becomes to find parts for it. If the estimated cost of the repairs comes to more than half of what you would pay for a new appliance, it is probably time to part ways and to purchase that new fridge, washing machine or stove.
Ditching your old appliance
When it's time to buy a new help-around-the-house, you can shop for appliances online. This will make it easy to compare prices, brands, specifications and so on. Keep in mind that you will also have to dispose of your old appliance. This is something we don't immediately think about when we decide to purchase a new fridge, dishwasher or washing machine. But one thing is for sure, you cannot just throw your old appliance away. Some appliances, especially fridges and air-conditioning units, contain harmful, ozone-depleting substances. If not adequately disposed of, these substances can contaminate ground water and cause other health hazards.
Usually, when you buy from an appliance store, they collect your old appliance for recycling purposes. Should this not be the case, you could sell it. There are many online classified sites where you can place ads for free. Someone out there might be thinking of upgrading their existing appliance as well, or perhaps you can find a repair company interested in purchasing your old appliance for spares. You can also give it to a charity organisation, or perhaps to someone in your community who may want to give it a new lease on life. On the topic of recycling: We are all encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle, so why not contact a recycling company? They will be happy to collect the appliance from you. They might even be willing to pay you something for it. There's lots of information about companies like these on the internet.