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Hi all,

This is related to another topic I just posted, but different enough to have it's own space.

When is an appliance (in this case a refrigerator) too old to fix? I don't completely understand when folks say the average life of a fridge is 8-12 years. What does this mean? A fridge doesn't fail, the components inside it fail. And if a component inside the fridge fails, that component can be replaced and the appliance should run as new, right?

My fridge is at least 12 years old (that's when I bought the house) and so it's obviously older.

Is there any logic to my thoughts? Or should I throw in the towel and buy another?

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Hi all,

This is related to another topic I just posted, but different enough to have it's own space.

When is an appliance (in this case a refrigerator) too old to fix? I don't completely understand when folks say the average life of a fridge is 8-12 years. What does this mean? A fridge doesn't fail, the components inside it fail. And if a component inside the fridge fails, that component can be replaced and the appliance should run as new, right?

My fridge is at least 12 years old (that's when I bought the house) and so it's obviously older.

Is there any logic to my thoughts? Or should I throw in the towel and buy another?

tx!
adam

Adam,

My sentiments exactly. If a repair part is available and the cost to repair is less than half the cost to replace the unit. I'd repair the unit.

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Check the name plate, if the freon used is R12, replace the unit. These older refrigerators consume up to 50% more power than the new ones and are worth $ 200 or less.
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