Angie's List Report: When to Buy a New Fridge

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Updated: 10/10/2013 10:46 pm

If your refrigerator is preforming poorly – it may be on the fritz. Now is a good time to be on lookout for deals as stores will be making way for new models before the end of the year.

In this Angie’s List report, what to consider when buying a refrigerator.

When large appliances, like the refrigerator, don't operate properly or break down, homeowners often face a difficult decision: do I repair or replace it?

"If it's more than ten years old and it's broken down you might want to consider a new one especially if the cost for repairing it is half the cost of a new refrigerator," said Angie Hicks, founder of the consumer website Angie's List
 
Adam Clinton upgraded his home's eight year old refrigerator during a kitchen remodel. He and his wife had a lot of things to consider.

"With the remodel we had space limitations so with the space limitations we really had to go with a counter depth fridge, but we wanted to maximize the entire amount of space that we could have. Having two little children it's important that we have that," Clinton said.

"An average refrigerator may cost about $400 but you can spend up into the thousands for a refrigerator. Also remember you want to be sure that it matches your current appliances because that is going to help with your resale value," Hicks added.

Your refrigerator is the most used appliance in the kitchen. If it's older and inefficient, chances are it's using a lot of energy.

"There are a lot more things that can go wrong with a new one because of the electronics, but you some a ton of energy with them. Along with that you are getting better temperatures in different sections of your unit so your crisper is keeping a more precise temperature. Your refrigerator is overall is keeping more precise temperatures than the older ones. You don't have the big fluctuation so your food stays better longer," said appliance store manager Vernon Schmidt.

It pays to comparison shop when buying a fridge. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price, or haggle on additional fees such as delivery, installation or an extended warranty.

You could also find a scratch and dent refrigerator for hundreds less. Most are brand new and come with a full warranty. Some dings are barely noticeable, but make sure the dents won’t prevent the appliance from running properly.

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