This decision is not black and white. A lot of it depends on the state of your current unit and how much you have already sunk into it. Nobody wants to fork over the cash for a new unit but it might actually be beneficial in the long run. A new unit is going to be more efficient, require less repair and provide you with features that your old unit did not.
How old is your unit?
Your average refrigerator can last anywhere from 10-20 years depending on how you care for it. The longer you have had a particular unit the more likely it is to breakdown and require repair. The general rule of thumb is if a unit is 15 years old or greater, repairs are typically not worth it because the problem will continue to occur. The difficult decisions come on units between 8-15 years of age. If these refrigerators malfunction, it is a good idea to sit down, weigh your options and make the best financial decision.
What kind of refrigerator do you have?
Some refrigerators are better candidates for repair than others. Your classic side-by-side, bottom-freezer and top-freezer units can all be repaired within 7-10 years of their purchase. Repairs vary in cost but they’re almost always going to be a better option than replacement. On the other hand, built-in units are costly to repair and replacement is often the better option.
How efficient is your unit?
Technological advancements in the refrigerator world have made new units significantly more efficient than old ones. The experts at Energy Star say that a 10 year old unit uses double the amount of energy as a new Energy Star rated refrigerator. That waste of electricity is costing you on your utilities bill at the end of every month. If a unit breaks down, this is something you need to take into consideration when you decide to replace or repair.
Your refrigerator is your most used appliance so replacement is a big decision. Whatever you decide, Speedy Refrigerator Service will be there every step of the way. We can repair broken fridges or install new ones, so just give us a call and we can be over on one hour or less.
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