According to repair experts, the average span of a refrigerator is between ten and twelve years. Of course, there are many units that continue to operate long beyond that range. If your refrigerator is nearing the end of its span or beginning to show signs of wearing out, you may be wondering whether it’s time to replace your old fridge or if it makes more fiscal sense to call your repair technician to apply a fix.
If your current refrigerator was manufactured before 2001 when energy-use guidelines took effect for appliances, you may be paying far more to operate your aging unit than you should. Many of today’s refrigerators are designed with strong energy-efficient designs that can substantially save you on electricity costs. If your unit is guzzling too much electricity, you might wish to consider replacing it with an energy-efficient model.
If your unit begins to break down repeatedly, you might want to consider upgrading to a new refrigerator. Some makes and models exhibit problems that are common for them; your service technician will be able to tell you if your model is known for certain types of problems or parts that commonly wear out. Rather than pay for continual service calls, you might decide it’s time to retire your old unit. On the other hand, if your unit only shows normal signs of wear and tear and can be easily repaired by your technician, you should consider applying an appropriate fix.
Does It Meet Your Needs?
After a decade of use, many refrigerators may be either too small or, alternatively, too large to effectively serve the occupancy of your home. If your unit is beginning to require repair work, but it does not adequately meet the storage needs of your kitchen, you might begin to investigate other brands and models that could meet your needs. This is a great time to look out for discounts and special buying incentives. Your appliance repair technician can also help you select a make and model that will suit your needs perfectly.
It can be a difficult decision to determine when it’s time to replace an outdated refrigerator. If it continues to operate well, you may very well ask your technician to assess it and provide a thorough tune up. On the other hand, if repair costs are beginning to rack up, you may decide it’s the right time to invest in a new model.