When to fix your fridge, buy a new one

Published On: Oct 27 2013 09:23:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 28 2013 05:40:00 AM EDT

Your refrigerator is the most used appliance in the kitchen. An aging, inefficient refrigerator consumes a lot of energy. If it’s time to replace you can boost home efficiency by purchasing a well-sealed and insulated fridge. A new refrigerator with an Energy Star label uses at least 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001

Angie’s List asked highly rated appliance sales and appliance repair companies and buying and maintaining a refrigerator.

Refrigerators come in three main body configurations:

Angie’s List Tips: Buying a Refrigerator

Repair or Replace?

When large appliances, like the refrigerator, don’t operate properly or break down, homeowners often face a difficult decision: do I repair or replace it? A good practice in determining whether to repair or replace is to look at how old the refrigerator is and the cost of repair. If it’s an older unit (10 years or more) and the cost of repair is half the cost to replace it, you’ll probably be better off investing in a new, energy-efficient model.  

Maintaining your refrigerator: Replacing a refrigerator is expensive. It only takes a few minutes to maintain it.