Guest Blog from Shaira Jones, http://www.baconappliance.com/
Let’s say you are the sentimental type. The home you currently have is where it all started: marriage, kids, family gatherings and more. It is also the home that contains your original appliances. One of the major appliances that often gets overlooked but takes a lot of wear and tear is your refrigerator. The typical lifespan of a refrigerator ranges from 10-15 years. Depending on what type you have that lifespan may be even less. For example, a side-by-side refrigerator should be replaced within five years. If your side-by-side has an icemaker it is even more likely to need repairs.
If you refrigerator is doing the following:
o Or cycling on and off
Then it is time to consider repairs or replacing the appliance. Questions to ask yourself before deciding whether to move forward with repairs:
o Is my warranty still active?
o Will the cost of repairs be equal to or more than half the price of purchasing a new refrigerator?
Having a warranty will cover most if not all of the cost of repair depending on your policy. It makes sense to utilize that option if you are fortunate enough to have an active warranty. Unfortunately if this is not an option than the price of repair may be too much for your current budget. Sentiments aside, don’t be afraid to replace your refrigerator if the cost to repair would be more than half the price of a newer model. More importantly, if your appliance is not energy efficient which is a feature found in most new models then you are throwing even more funds away.
Bottom line is that replacing your refrigerator is the best option when it includes cutting cost and having a more energy efficient appliance that will also save you money.