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It is common these days for people to abandon their broken washer and dryer and do their clothes at the laundromat instead. It is an occurrence that is popular enough to cause some to wonder what the advantage truly is. Are their real benefits to this decision, or would it be better to just get the old washer and dryer at home repaired? Looking at this from a monetary standpoint, here are a few ideas that might help to answer this looming question.
Washer and Dryer Repair Costs
If you consider what it would cost to pay for a washer and dryer repair service call, it becomes evident that there is some cost involved. It can cost between $120 and $500 to have a washer repaired. Likewise, it can cost $100 to $400 to have repairs done on a dryer. So, on average, it will run around $220 to $900 to cover the repair costs on a washer and dryer set.
Cost at the Laundromat
Taking clothes to be washed and dried at a local laundromat can vary significantly in price. In most cases, the price of washing a single load of laundry is between $1.50 and $4.00 with a national average being around $2.00 per load. The average cost for using the dryer at the laundromat is .25-cents per every six to eight minutes of drying time. By all accounts, using the laundromat is a relatively inexpensive way to get the clothes clean.
Understanding Which Option Is Cheaper
If a person is single and they have one or two loads of laundry a week, then spending the money at the laundromat may be a reasonably warranted idea. If the situation is a family of four or more people needing to do the laundry, then it may be cheaper in the long run to pay to have the washer and dryer at home fixed. The thing to remember with doing laundry at a remote location is that this option will typically cost additional gas money to drive to and from the laundromat being used.
DIY Appliance Repair
One way to bring down the costs of repairing a washer and dryer is for the homeowner to do the work themselves. This is a good idea if they are electronically inclined and know something about washer and dryer repair techniques. Then the cost is essentially reduced to the cost of any replacement parts if any are actually needed.
There are many costs associated with doing laundry at the laundromat as well as at home. If repair costs for a washer and dryer are relatively low, then this will likely lead to this option being a good long-term solution. If not, then continuing to use the laundromat may end up being the only viable option a person has available to them.
Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She loves being in the outdoors and exploring new opportunities whenever they arise. Meghan finds happiness in researching new topics that help to expand her horizons. You can often find her buried in a good book or out looking for an adventure. You can connect with her on Facebook right here and Twitter right here.
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