You’re worried that the washing machine may be on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching sound and needs a lot of coaxing to make it all the way through a full cycle. It’s not like it’s still under warranty. You’ve had it for a long time and it wasn’t new when you got it.
You get an estimate for repair and discover it will cost $319 to get it back into tip-top shape.
Should you give this old, inefficient machine the heave-ho in favor of a new model that will use less electricity and water?
A new name-brand front-loader is on sale for $899 plus tax and delivery. Should you basically throw away $319 now for a temporary fix, or bite the bullet and buy the new one?