Old Fridge Versus New Fridge

So if you ended up here I’m guessing you have an issue with your current refrigerator and you might be considering whether it would be better if you just bought a new one. Perhaps it leaks water on occasion, or it stopped making ice and you’re hosting a BBQ next weekend. After all, wouldn鈥檛 a shiny, brand new refrigerator that claims to be energy efficient, be better than your current one?

Now I don鈥檛 want to sound as if I am against being eco-friendly, saving energy and doing our part in saving the planet. Nor am i trying to reduce the number of manufacturing jobs. However, if you take a closer look inside your refrigerator, you might discover that it will make more sense, economically and even environmentally, to have A Fast Local Refrigerator Repair prolong the useful life of your refrigerator.

Ask yourself this: what is more harmful to the environment? Your older, well-built refrigerator that may cost a few dollars more per year to operate, or the polluting factories that churn out cheaply made plastic 聽appliances? 聽Plus all the other factories in the supply chain that make the smaller parts required to assemble them. Don鈥檛 forget all the聽ships,聽planes,聽trains and聽trucks聽required to get all those appliances to the stores, and all the pollution they contribute to the planet.聽

Consider this too: the hidden cost in owning appliances is not in the money you save due to energy efficiency, but the costs needed to maintain it efficiently. Why do older refrigerators last longer? Because they were built by companies focused on building a long lasting product. Business is much more cut throat now, they are focused on profit margin. Simply put, older refrigerators require less maintenance and repairs. New refrigerators are built to be energy efficient, but not to be long lasting. I have two refrigerators, main one is a 32 year old GE side by side, no repairs, and my garage fridge is a 36 year old Whirlpool top freezer that I replaced the freezer fan about 12 years ago.聽

Just 15 years ago the average age of a refrigerator appliance that we repaired was 17 years old. Now the average age is less than 4 years old. Let that sink in for a second. I have two fridges over 30 years old with one repair between them. Older refrigerators use less, albeit stronger parts, that were also built to last longer, which translates to less breakdowns. Newer refrigerators require the use of multiple sensors to monitor temperatures, humidity, motor speeds, voltages and other system functions; more specialized motors that consume less energy to run because they are smaller and聽weaker, but are more prone to break down because they are weaker; high voltage and low voltage electronic circuit boards and user interfaces聽that require constant voltage, and are usually quite expensive to replace; automatic dampers and ducts which also contain more motors; all of which are made up of or contain a large increase in plastic and plastic components, as compared to older refrigerators. Considering a fridge with less bells and whistles? You still are not buying a better built fridge, it just uses less of those parts that are prone to breaking down.

If you do even the most basic of math, the typical 22-25 cubic foot refrigerator on the market today, which is sufficient for a 4 person household, will be in the $1000.00 鈥 $3500.00 price range, and will likely require one to two mechanical repairs, and possibly more, just within the first 4 years, so add $150-$500 to your budget for repairs.

Now, we will gladly fix ANY refrigerator, old or new, we are only offering advice that some people wish they had been given before they bought a new appliance. We are here to help you in any way possible. So in conclusion, doesn鈥檛 it make sense to spend a small amount on a minor repair from A Fast Local Refrigerator Repair then a fortune to replace it? Absolutely.

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