(WDEF) When large appliances, like the refrigerator, break down, homeowners often face a difficult decision. To repair or replace.
Angie Hicks of Angie's List said, "A good rule of thumb on whether to repair or replace your refrigerator is to consider how old your refrigerator is. If it's more than ten years old and it's broken down you might want to consider a new one especially if the cost for repairing it is half the cost of a new refrigerator.">
Adam Clinton upgraded his home's eight-year-old refrigerator during a kitchen remodel. He said, "With the remodel we had space limitations so with the space limitations we really had to go with a counter depth fridge, but we wanted to maximize the entire amount of space that we could have. Having two little children it's important that we have that."
Your refrigerator is the most used appliance in the kitchen. If it's older and inefficient, chances are it's using a lot of energy.
Vernon Schmidt works as an appliance store operations manager. He said, "There are a lot more things that can go wrong with a new one because of the electronics, but you some a ton of energy with them. Along with that you are getting better temperatures in different sections of your unit so your crisper is keeping a more precise temperature. Your refrigerator is overall is keeping more precise temperatures than the older ones. You don't have the big fluctuation so your food stays better longer."
When buying a fridge, consider exactly what you want. You could end up paying for lots of bells and whistles that you may never use. Schmidt added, "Stainless steel is probably the number one seller. They have several stainless finishes now. Some of them show less fingerprints and stuff. True stainless steel is not an easy material to keep clean, especially if you have small children, but it's probably our number one seller."
The experts say it pays to comparison shop.