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4 Questions to Ask Before Buying Refurbished Appliances

Some form of risk comes with any purchase, whether it’s a new or refurbished item. Fortunately, refurbished appliances and electronics can be a great deal, if you do your research first. (See also: Why Refurbished Electronics Are Such a Great Deal)

Refurbished products are items that have been used, opened, or slightly damaged in some way. They have been repaired to return them to a “like-new” status. If you’re thinking about buying a refurbished item to save some cash, ask yourself the following questions first.

Is it a good deal?

Large appliances are designed to last a long time with little maintenance, so you can feel confident about buying a one- or two-year-old refurbished appliance. As a general rule, if a refurbished item includes a full warranty, working parts, and significant savings, it’s a good deal.

Another way to quickly determine whether a particular purchase is worth it is to subtract the amount of depreciation from the original cost of the appliance. For instance, if a new appliance is $500 and is expected to last 10 years it would have $50 depreciation per year. If you are purchasing the item after two years, you’d ideally want to find something that is under…

When Should You Replace Your Major Home Appliances?

You probably replace something when it breaks down and no longer works (or repair it if the costs aren’t too high). However, that’s usually not a good strategy for large, expensive appliances in your home that you rely on every single day. Here’s what you should know about the lifespan of most appliances and when they should be replaced.

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The Lifespan of Most Major Appliances

When it comes down to it, most appliances last for however long they decide to last—lifespan is mostly an enigma. However, manufacturers build their appliances with a set lifespan in mind. From there, these appliances could last longer than expected, or less than expected.

With that said, most major home appliances last anywhere from 10-20 years, give or take. This includes your HVAC system, water heater, kitchen appliances, laundry machines, and more.

Granted, I’ve seen a water heater last 30 years without any issues with the proper maintenance, so the above year range isn’t a hard and fast rule. But it’s a good number to keep in mind—if you’re having problems with your furnace and notice that it’s 15 years old, it might be time for a new one.

How to Find Out How Old Your Appliances Are

Unfortunately, there’s no one standardized way to tell you how old an appliance is in your house, but there are a few things you can do to try and find out.

First off, look through the paperwork that you signed when you bought your house or see if you can find the original listing. It’s possible that the previous owner jotted down the age of all the major appliances. The previous owner might have also left behind the original paperwork for the appliances themselves when they were installed, which would mostly likely have the date of installation…

Edible Innovations: FarmBot Helps Automate Small-Scale Food Production

From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara Cecchini of Food Innovation Program — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. Check back on Tuesdays and Thursdays for new installments.

As you get ready to prepare your favorite dinner dish, you may find yourself picking up fruit out of season, packaged meat that comes from a different country, and carbohydrates that have been processed in different states. A glance at the average shopping cart raises a few questions. Where does our food come from? How was it produced? In many big chain grocery stores, this answer has become elusive due to the rise of mega farms that create and produce our food by any means necessary.

Rick Carlino and Rory Aronson saw an inherent flaw in this ask-no-questions approach to food, especially in the wake of the growing statistics that proved environmental degradation and lack quality food accessibility. For most shoppers, the location of where their products come from is a mystery. For those unable (or unwilling) to buy food from large chain grocery stores, access to food is often scarce and unreliable.

Carlino and Aronson addressed this growing problem by founding a company called FarmBot.io (@farmbotio), which strives to create open-source, easy to use technology…