If you’re in the situation of a broken refrigerator or freezer, you may know how frustrating this situation can be. Is it worth it to repair your broken appliance? Or is it easier to buy a new one? Find out below by reading some frequently asked questions about refrigeration systems.

Is it worth it to repair a refrigerator?

Repairing a refrigerator is worth it if the repair costs less than installing a new fridge and if it is less than 8 years old. Fridges older than that will likely need a total replacement in a few years, so investing several hundred in a repair isn’t worth it when that money could go towards a new one.

What is the average life expectancy of a refrigerator?

Most fridges last about 10 to 15 years. Some brands might last as long as 17 to 27 years if well maintained; other brands might expire in 8 or 9 years.

How do you know if your refrigerator compressor is bad?

The first sign of a faulty compressor is if your refrigerator stops cooling. Here are some easy checks to rule out other issues:

  • Check that the fridge has power — the light should go on when the door opens.
  • Make sure the thermostat is set to your desired temperature.
  • Unplug the fridge, pull it away from the wall and check the coils or fan to make sure there are no blockages.

How do you know if your refrigerator is leaking Freon?

A fridge is low on Freon if it’s leaking Freon. If you notice your food isn’t staying cold, the motor is running more than usual (or even constantly) and/or you notice a chemical smell, this could indicate a leak.

You should never need to replace Freon in a well functioning fridge but if you do, you absolutely should call a professional.

What would cause a refrigerator to stop cooling?

There are many reasons why a refrigerator stops cooling. Issues with the compressor fan or thermostat, clogged coils or a broken fan are some of the most common problems. Sometimes the reason a fridge isn’t working is simply because it’s not properly plugged in!

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