The statistics are sobering. When it comes to big appliances such as gas ranges, dishwashers and washing machines, 20% of the ones sold between 2003-2006 broke within three years. And 37% of side-by-side refrigerators broke within the same span. Now, according to this article in the New York Times, more appliance owners are turning away from buying replacements and instead looking to repair their major appliances. It's all about reducing costs, one homeowner spent $239 plus tax to repair their washing machine instead of buying a new one at $389. But many who have their appliances repaired find it to be a hassle; service companies often book multiple appointments during the day, there are conflicts over what is covered under the warranty and manufacturers charge high prices for replacement parts. Repairmen recommend buying the simplest appliance available to best avoid breakage.