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Repair or Replace your old Refrigerator? This is what you should do

Old Refrigerator with many bottles

From ancient times, we tried to preserve food by keeping it cold. At first, we used ice harvested from rivers and lakes but then appeared refrigerators. The basis for refrigerator appeared in 1755 when Scottish professor William Cullen designed a small refrigerating machine. This machine had a pump and a container of diethyl ether. Who imagined there’d be smart refrigerators which have hot water dispenser with temperature selection, in which one can even add a preset time to have hot water waiting throughout the day, with coffee maker and what not! But what about those old ones, Repair or Replace?

A terrible rattle, a leak, and suspiciously underbaked cookies… What do all of these things have in common? They all indicate that something may be wrong with your kitchen appliances.

Just because something is broken does not mean it cannot be fixed. Warranties, local handymen and even the old User Manual are all valuable resources if you are experiencing problems. But sometimes a unit is simply beyond repair, or the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the unit, which should also be a consideration. Sometimes appliances have outlasted their era and maybe are just a waste of space: refrigerators which are decades old, are so energy inefficient it was more cost-effective to buy a replacement than keep them going. For many homeowners, appliances just need to serve a function: clean dishes, keep food cold, make food hot. For such basic needs, the thought of buying a new appliance can feel more like the beginning of a quest than replacing an old unit in kind. There are so many options, and even the bare minimum can seem like an outrageous amount of money. A typical refrigerator, according to Sears Home Services, has a lifespan of about 10 to 13 years. A Sub-Zero, according to Jeff Sweet, manager of product marketing for Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove, should last, 20 or more years. Regardless of what kind of refrigerator you have, you can extend its life, according to Sears Home Services, by keeping it clean on the inside to reduce the chances of accumulating bacteria; make sure there’s proper ventilation around the outside and inside, so don’t overcrowd it; look for tears, gaps or air leaks in the door gaskets; change your water filter and clean dust off the condenser coils a couple of times a year.

The usual signs that your fridge needs replacing include the following: It’s more than 10 years old and needs constant repairs; there’s excessive condensation; the motor is running hot; it’s really loud; it’s not energy efficient. To take care of your fridge, you should keep the temperature in your fridge at 40 °F, you can take additional steps to make sure your refrigerated foods stay as safe as possible. Avoid “Overpacking.” Cold air must circulate around refrigerated foods to keep them properly chilled. Clean the gaskets regularly with vinegar to prevent the growth of mildew.

-Samarth Joshi

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