Inflation Pushes Consumers to Turn to Appliance Repair

With the soaring prices of everyday necessities such as food, housing and gasoline, consumers need to find a way to cut corners in order to make ends meet. While there are plenty of ideas out there — grow your own food, buy a bicycle, get a roommate — the one we see most here at Kimball Appliance Parts & Service is customers calling for appliance repair, rather than just pitching their old stove or fridge and getting a new one. We support getting everything you can out of every appliance you buy.

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Consumption in America

Consumer spending depends on many factors, some of them quite nebulous. While it is certainly not true for everyone, the U.S. is considered a rich country where citizens routinely throw out food that they didn’t get around to eating and own more clothes than they can comfortably fit in their closets.

Some of our attitudes about spending habits are borne of our culture and customs. We live in a throwaway society. Consumers get new phones and new cars every year, even though nothing is wrong with their old one. You may even be jeered at for not upgrading your devices frequently enough.

Thus, having the means to purchase new items and living with the expectation that doing anything else is laughable, American consumers consume more. But this is no longer an option for everyone.

How Inflation Impact Appliance Repair

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the cost of appliances was up 13% in December 2021 over the previous year, and it is undoubtedly higher now. It is not at all unusual for the price of refrigerators today to reach $3,000. Washer and dryer sets are $1,500 or more, and stoves are up to almost $1,000.

What’s maddening is that you know the exact same appliance was much cheaper only a year ago. It feels like someone is stealing extra money out of your pocket — money you need to put gas in your car.

You may think you can wait out the rising prices and purchase a new appliance when costs start to fall again, but experts predict this will not happen for at least five years.

When you’re faced with nothing but rising costs, appliance repair seems like a better choice than replacement.

The Benefits of Appliance Repair

At our appliance repair shop, we not only provide repairs to residential customers, but we also sell the parts needed to make effective repairs. That means if you’re a DIYer or you have a trusted handyman, you can rely on us to help you get what you need to get your appliances working again.

Depend on Kimball Appliance Parts & Service for appliance repair in Salt Lake City, Denver and Kansas City.