Your refrigerator, like all appliances, does not have an infinite lifespan and can break down or malfunction after several years of operation. While regular servicing and maintenance will help extend the life of your refrigerator, you will eventually have to decide whether to repair it or replace it.
Refrigerators that are built-in
Built-in refrigerators are expected to last for 20 years or more if properly maintained. If your appliance is of good quality, it should not require frequent repairs, thus the greater initial cost.
Built-in refrigerators, in general, are worth fixing when they are still relatively new. If your refrigerator is less than ten years old, you should consider contacting a professional to fix it.
However, if you need to bring in a repair professional on a frequent basis, you should consider replacing it. You must also weigh the expense of repair with the cost of a new item. It's probably a smart idea to get a new refrigerator if the cost of the repair is more than half the cost of a new one.
Side by side fridges
Built-in refrigerators are often more durable than side-by-side refrigerators. You can normally keep it going for 15 years or more, but once it reaches the age of 20 years, it will most certainly need to be replaced. Typically, you have a five-year window in which you can reuse and repair without major consequences. After this period, you are more likely to require the services of a repair professional on a regular basis. It may be possible to extend the refrigerator's lifespan, but the repair costs are likely to mount.
If your side-by-side refrigerator is more than 15 years old, it's time to replace it. A new model will be more energy-efficient, which will save you money on repairs and save you from having to pay for them.
Keep a record of your repair expenses
A repair bill of one or two hundred dollars appears insignificant when compared to the cost of a new refrigerator. Those modest repair expenditures, unfortunately, can quickly pile up. So, take a hard look at the amount of money you're spending on repairs. Remember to account for the cost of having to stay at home from work every month to wait for the repair technician.
Do the math
Even if you haven't had to pay for repairs in a long time, you'll need to do some math to see if it's worth it to fix your refrigerator. It is not economically viable if the repair bill is more than half the cost of a replacement. On the other hand, if this is a one-time refrigerator repair, it is likely to be a better alternative to hire a professional.
You can rely on the experience of a professional repair technician if you're having problems with your refrigerator. An experienced specialist can assess your appliance and advise you on whether it is cost-effective to repair it or whether it is time to shop for new appliances.
Contact The Baltimore Appliance Repair Shop
Address: 218 N Charles St, Suite 1-A, Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 237-8069
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