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Should I repair or replace my refrigerator? Appliance Repair

Appliance repair pros in San Antonio discuss repair vs. replace.

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Should I repair or replace my refrigerator?
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When it comes to the kitchen, the refrigerator is arguably one of its most important parts. It keeps your frozen food cold and your perishable food from spoiling before you have a chance to use it. A good refrigerator will work quietly in the background for years, but (like most appliances) it will eventually break down and need to be repaired or replaced entirely.

Here are five questions you will need to answer when your refrigerator is not working the way it should be and you are trying to decide whether to repair it or replace it:

  • What type of refrigerator do you have?
  • How old is your refrigerator?
  • How energy-efficient is your refrigerator?
  • How often does your refrigerator need to be repaired?
  • How much are the repairs on your refrigerator going to cost and how much more will it cost for you to replace it?

What type of refrigerator do you have?

Believe it or not, the type of refrigerator you have should be a consideration in the decision to repair or replace it. Some types are just harder and more expensive to repair. If your refrigerator has an ice maker, for example, it is more likely to need repairs sooner than a refrigerator without one.

How old is your refrigerator?

It is generally recommended that you replace your refrigerator every 10-20 years, depending on the condition it is running in. However, some types of refrigerators need to be repaired and/or replaced more frequently than that.

The age at which you should consider replacing your refrigerator can also be affected by its configuration. Consumer Reports recommends the following timelines, based on your refrigerator’s configuration:

  • Built-in refrigerator – consider replacing it after 10 years
  • Side-by-sides – consider replacing it after 5 years
  • Bottom-freezers – consider replacing it after 7 years
  • Top-freezers – consider replacing it after 3 years, definitely replace after 7 years

How energy-efficient is your refrigerator?

Refrigerators that need to be repaired are not amongst the most energy-efficient of appliances in your home. Something you will want to consider along with the age and type of your refrigerator is how much power it is using. This could be an indicator that your refrigerator needs repairs, if not replacement.

How often does the refrigerator need to be repaired?

Think about all of the times your refrigerator has had problems and you had called a repairman in to fix it. Typically, a refrigerator will need more repairs as it gets older, and those repairs will get more expensive. At some point, the cost of repairs will outweigh the benefit of keeping the old refrigerator up and running.

How much are the repairs on your refrigerator going to cost and how much more will it cost for you to replace it?

You probably will not know exact repair costs until a repairman comes out to assess the problem, but the repair cost should definitely be a consideration. If your refrigerator is still under warranty and your refrigerator’s issue is covered by that warranty, then having the repairs done is a logical decision. Warranties do expire, though, and the lack of warranty coverage together with the types of repairs that will be needed as your refrigerator ages could make replacement a more sensible option from a financial standpoint.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the decision to repair or replace your refrigerator is up to you. If you need someone to look at your refrigerator and help you make that determination, contact us today. Our technicians are factory-trained, the service call is free with any repair work we do, and we will always give you an estimate before we do any work.

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SoBellas Appliance Repair San Antonio Texas

21019 US Hwy 281 N Ste 830-23

San Antonio, TX  78258

210-978-0890

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