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We are continuing with some repair or replace scenarios when it comes to household appliances. 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!

How much does refrigerator maintenance cost?

Refrigerator maintenance costs depend on the type of maintenance needed, but the average service costs $200 to $300. Some technicians might charge an hourly rate ranging from $45 to $120 per hour, plus a one time service fee between $150 and $200.

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.

If everything looks good and your fridge still isn’t cooling, call Bell’s Appliance Service to figure out the problem.

Is it cheaper to repair or replace a refrigerator?

Saving money on repairing or replacing a fridge depends on the issue and how costly it is to fix. Spending $100 to $300 or so on a repair isn’t bad (especially when it helps the fridge last for several more years) compared to spending $1,000 to $1,500 on a brand new one.

However, if the fridge is more than 8 years old, it costs less to replace it now than pay several hundred dollars for a repair that won’t last.

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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