That poor, old, noisy refrigerator
that’s clunking away in your kitchen is on its last leg and you’re only holding on to save money by avoiding buying a new appliance. The truth is, you’re probably stepping over dollars to pick up pennies. In other words, the cost of operating an old, worn out refrigerator is draining your wallet vis-à-vis your electric bill. What’s more, it’s probably costing you more money in wasted food because that costly nutrition isn’t being kept at a proper, consistent level.
About Refrigerator Performance
In fact, if your refrigerator was built before 1995, it was manufactured with a chemical compound that you’ve likely heard about, chlorofluorocarbon, or CFC, which is a refrigerant that is a combination of chlorine, fluorine and carbon. Those gases are quite unhealthy when released into the air. So the longer you keep that old fridge limping along, the more of a health hazard it poses. Refrigerator manufacturers stopped making appliances with CFC’s in 2005, and, for good reason.
You’re wasting $65 or more in electricity to run a fridge that’s at the end of its life. Before it breaks and leaves you with a lot of spoiled food on your hands, replace it with an Energy Star qualified fridge or freezer that’s no bigger than you need. They cost only half as much to run and offer advanced technology to keep your food fresher longer. —Energy Star.gov
The typical refrigerator lasts between 10 and 20 years. After that time frame, it might still function, but it won’t do so efficiently and that wastes electricity and food. In fact, an old refrigerator, or, one’s that’s over 15 years of age, will take up as much as 14 percent of your total electric bill. If your fridge is less than 8 years old, then you might opt for to repair it. That will certainly be less costly than replacing the appliance, but if that’s not really a viable alternative, you’ll have to replace it.
Avon Park Old Refrigerator Replacement Guide
Should you have no choice but to replace your refrigerator, then don’t make the task any harder than it has to be and create more work for yourself. It’s not unlikely that the space that currently houses your refrigerator and the space you need for a new one won’t be at parity. Put another way, the space might be a wee-bit too small for a new appliance. This means you’ll have to measure and measure again, write those measurements down and then start shopping.
If you discover the space isn’t tall enough, or wide enough, you might have to take out the cabinets that currently sit above your appliance. Should you be faced with too short a space and still need a replacement, do yourself a favor and phone a junk removal service to come in, take out those particular cabinets and haul away that old refrigerator. You’ll save money in disposal and recycling fees, plus you’ll save the time of having to haul that junk to the landfill and/or recycling facility.
Be sure to purchase a refrigerator that also fits the configuration of your kitchen, which is to say the direction the doors swing out. If buying used, inspect the coils, and the inside thoroughly. Be sure to open and close all the compartments to ensure they work properly. When you install it, make sure the water line is tight and doesn’t leak and that the appliance is level for optimal performance.
If you need appliance removal, just phone 800-433-1094 or visit AAA Rousse Services