If you’ve had the same fridge for as long as you can remember, or if you feel yourself constantly stressing over your food storage and power bill, it may be time to upgrade. The refrigerator is the most important appliance in your home and should meet all of your criteria as well as be in optimal working condition. Here are 4 signs that it’s time to replace your refrigerator.
1. Interior Wear & Tear
A good indication that a fridge is nearing its final days is multiple signs of wear and tear and cosmetic issues throughout the unit, especially on the inside. These can include things like yellowed interior, cracked/scratched shelves and bins or worst, cracks in the fridge wall, and a smell that won’t desist. There are multiple ways to get the inside of your fridge looking near new, but if you’re watching for overall signs of replacement, this is not something to ignore. Keep in mind that to keep your food fresh, your fridge needs to be in the best condition possible, so things like foul odors that spoil the flavor of food or cracked crisper drawers that don’t keep fruits and veggies fresh are not only inconveniences, but could pose as potential health risks.
2. It's always jam-packed.
If you find that your fridge is constantly out of space and can barely fit the items you need to store, it may be time to upgrade to a larger model (if your kitchen space allows it) or even invest in a secondary refrigerator for overflow items. A jam-packed fridge is not only frustrating to deal with, but filling it that full can also negatively affect the airflow in your unit, causing some items to not keep their recommended temperature or causing your fridge to run more than it should. Take the same reasoning into consideration if your freezer is overflowing.
3. You’re always fixing parts and pieces of it
One main aspect to take into account when you’re considering fridge replacement, along with need for more room or new features, is whether you’re always tinkering with your fridge, diagnosing issues, and having to sink money into repairs. If you ever have to fix a major component more than once, it may be time to simply upgrade your unit. It’s not worth the hassle or heartache of continually stressing over a half-functioning refrigerator just to save money - and you may end up spending more on it in the long run anyway.
4. It’s not Energy Star rated
Are your power bills higher than they should be? This could be from a fridge running on overtime. It may be time to upgrade, and while you’re at it, consider a refrigerator that is Energy Star Certified. These refrigerators are designed to be at least 20% more efficient than U.S. federal standards and have been available on the market since 2008. Research shows that an energy qualified unit could save you $260 in just five years, as well as reduce your carbon footprint by 8,200 pounds. If your fridge is older than 10 years, it’s likely not Energy Star certified. There are plenty of options on the market today in all sizes, colors and varying price points.
Bottom line: if you’re not happy with your refrigerator or if it’s always having problems that need fixing, do yourself a favor and upgrade. You’ll end up saving money, time and energy in the long run, and give yourself the peace of mind that you need when it comes to storing food safely and efficiently. If you have questions about the best refrigerator that will suit your needs, give us a call or stop by our storefront. We regularly stock hundreds of brand new and discount refrigerators and can order from a variety of high-end brands!