Refrigerator Repair vs. Replacement

If your
refrigerator is constantly sweating, overheating, leaking, or cycling
on and off, it is warning you that not all is right. If you don’t
repair it soon, you will need to buy a new one. Sometimes, even
repairing isn’t enough and replacing is your only option. Usually
though, after getting a quote you are left with a choice: repair or
replace? Use the following factors to determine if your broken fridge
is worth salvaging or if you should ditch it in place of a new one.

 

Age
The age
of your refrigerator should be a key factor when determining whether
you should repair it or replace it. The older the refrigerator, the
higher chance of repeated breakdown, and the less availability of
replacement parts. As a general rule; if it is 8 years or newer –
repair it. If it is 15 years or older – replace it. If it is
somewhere in between – consider other factors.
Cost of Repair
Obviously,
the cost of the repair is another driving force when making this
decision. If a repair is too expensive, you may as well put the money
towards a brand new unit. The question that this ultimately leads to
is, just how expensive is too expensive?
Many experts in the field will recommend the rule of fifty: if a
repair costs more than 50% of the cost of a new refrigerator, you
should replace it.
Type of Refrigerator
Something
that many people don’t think to consider when debating between repair
and replacement is the style of their refrigerator. It may sound like
it doesn’t matter, but the cost to repair a top-freezer model is very
different than a bottom-freezer model. Even Consumer Reports
recommends different actions for each style in their eight-year timeline.
If you
live in Long Island and your refrigerator is broken, call Speedy
Subzero at (866) 782-9376. Most of the time, we can repair your
refrigerator in your home on the same day you call for a fraction of
the cost it would take to replace it. For more information about our
company, please visit our website.

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