When to upgrade a refrigerator


Refrigerators are an essential part of every kitchen. (Photo Credits)

A refrigerator is one of the essential appliances in any home. It keeps food fresh, safe, and helps it last longer. Without it, food poisoning would be likely, and beverages would be less refreshing.

As an essential home appliance, a refrigerator is kept running 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And since every household member uses it, and there is not a day that it does not get utilized, refrigerators are subject to wear and tear.

Upgrading a refrigerator though can be quite challenging for homeowners, especially for budget-conscious households. There are a lot of factors to consider, including when to upgrade, what to view when replacing, and more importantly, the cost of replacement.

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The official website of the Department of Energy’s Energy Star has mentioned three factors to consider when replacing a refrigerator. One of the factors they consider is the age of the fridge. Build Safe

“First, how old is your refrigerator/freezer? While your old refrigerator may still look good and work well, if it is more than 15 years old, it’s more than likely using a significant amount of energy — in fact, more than twice the energy of a new ENERGY STAR certified model. In addition, since refrigerant wears out and seals start to leak over time, the unit’s performance will start to suffer as well.”

Read the rest of the factors they mentioned in their original article here.

Replacing a Refrigerator

Personal finance website The Simple Dollar says a ref upgrade may help homes save on utility bills. They, however, cautioned homeowners against immediately upgrading their refrigerator without careful consideration of features that will surely bring in savings. Electrician

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“There are definitely situations where replacing your refrigerator right away will save you money in the long run, but there are some conditions on it. First of all, you need to be either living in your current home for the next several years or planning to take your appliances with you. Second, you need to be replacing a fridge that’s older – no less than fifteen years old, and preferably a fridge with a manufacture year in the 1900s. Third, you need to not be moving to the absolute latest state of the art fridge; an entry level fridge or a Consumer Reports best buy is what you should be aiming for with your replacement.”

Check out the full article here.

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Technology website CNET.com meanwhile published a comprehensive guide on choosing a refrigerator. The useful article tackled the pros and cons of different types of fridges, and if it is wise to buy the latest, smartest version.

“Fortunately, you don’t need to spend thousands on a top-of-the-line fridge in order to feel like you’re getting an upgrade. With a growing diversity of options across a wide range of prices, there’s nothing stopping you from buying a refrigerator that you’ll love, provided you’re willing to put in a little bit of legwork first. Do your homework and shop smart, and you’ll be happy with your fridge for years to come.“

The original article has been posted here.

Upgrading a refrigerator is no easy task, but with careful consideration, the investment will pay off in terms of energy efficiency and durability.

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