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February 16, 2019

If you’ve ever bought a coat in the summer, you’ve experienced the benefits of seasonal sales. Like clothes, appliances have seasonal trends that dictate their prices.

If you’re looking for the best deal on appliances (and who isn’t?), you’ll want to pay attention to these seasonal trends. A good sale can knock hundreds of dollars off the list price of large appliances.

And while you can’t always wait for a sale when your appliance dies, recognizing the signs that your appliances will need to be replaced soon can help you buy during sales and save you money.

Refrigerators

When your fridge starts to fail, you run the risk of mold, milk spoilage and freezer overdrive. This essential piece of equipment keeps your kitchen going, and finding a new one can put a major dent in your pocket. Plan ahead for this purchase; don’t let necessity force you into a pricey purchase. With some research, you can find the best deals on refrigerators.

How to know when it's dying

  • It’s warmer than usual
  • Your food spoils quickly
  • The fridge gathers condensation on the inside surfaces
  • The freezer is running too cold and freezing food
  • The fridge is over 15 years old

When to buy it

May. This month is when new refrigerator models start showing up in appliance stores. In order to make room for these new models, stores often have a refrigerator sale on their year-old fridges.

Quick tip: Two things to know before you go to the store: which side your fridge’s door swings on and how large the unit is. Use your measuring tape to get the exact measurements: depth, height and width. Check out our refrigerators guide for more ideas

Ovens, ranges and stoves

Wherever there’s baking, frying, sauteing or boiling, you’ll find an oven or a stove. These powerful appliances are built to distribute large amounts of high heat, and this puts them at huge risk for failure when that heat gets out of hand. If you have to replace a stove or oven out of pocket, you’ll want to keep an eye out for good deals.

How to know when they’re dying

  • Items do not cook or bake in the amount of time they should
  • Electric stove shows error codes on the display screen
  • Gas stove fails to ignite the burners
  • Glass on the oven door is cracked
  • The range is over 15 years old

When to buy it

January. At the beginning of the year, stores offload their old models of large appliances to make room for new products. This will help you get the best prices for appliances.

Quick tip: Consider whether a gas or electric range would be best for your needs. Switching heat sources might be a good way to save money on your utility bill. Check out our ranges, ovens and stoves guide for more ideas.

Dishwasher

Dishwashers were once thought to be a luxury but now they are pretty much a household necessity. This time-saving kitchen appliance can be pricey, but you can find the best deal on a dishwasher if you know what you’re looking for.

How to know when it's dying

  • The door doesn’t latch
  • Water pools after a wash
  • Dishes aren’t clean or aren’t hot after a wash
  • It’s starting to rust or crack
  • The appliance is over 10 years old

When to buy it

November. As Black Friday approaches, appliance stores will start marking down their appliances. Dishwasher sales will often be advertised before Black Friday so you don’t have to fight the crowds.

Quick tip: Know what dishwasher capacity you need and the dimensions of your kitchen before heading to the store. Energy Star dishwashers are a great way to save energy and money. Check out our dishwasher guide for more ideas.