When it comes down to kitchen appliances, most equipment last for however long they decide to last-the lifespan is mostly an enigma. However, at times even the most high-end kitchen appliances will break down once in awhile. This is why it’s always good to know when to replace your favorite kitchen appliances. Here’s what you should know about most appliances and when they should be replaced. Safety Concerns If there are any safety concerns with any kitchen appliance, you definitely want to consider replacing it. After all, no one wants to put their life at risk. And it’s always better to stay safe, then regret later. Check for Warranty Whether it’s an under counter refrigerator or a high-quality microwave oven – when you first purchase an appliance, it will usually come with a one year warranty at the very least. Often, you can register your appliance online or contact the store directly to get an additional five years as an extended warranty. But if the product is a decade old and the warranty is not applicable for the repair – take a decision to get the appliance replaced. Apply 50/50 Rule Remember the 50/50 rule – if the appliance is halfway through its lifespan and if the cost of a repair is more than 50 percent of the cost for a new appliance, consider replacing it instead of repairing it. Check for Service Cost If you have a repair/service person come home to see what the problem is and what it would cost to repair it, ask if the service fee could be applied to the cost of repairs. If the service cost is too high and the appliance looks too worn out – better get it replaced. Apply Your Own Research Sometimes your appliances seem to be in a working condition – but in reality, they are of no use and a pain every now and then. For example: Your steam oven runs and runs but doesn’t heat up on time and takes an eternity to cool – in this case, the appliance just needs to be replaced. Sometimes an appliance is beyond help, and all that is needed is to have your appliance replaced to get your kitchen fully functioning again. The key to a healthy and long-lived machine is maintenance and cleaning. Stay on top of things, and you won’t have to worry about breakdowns and replacements so much.