3 Signs that You Need to Replace Your Old Refrigerator
Did you know that relying on an old refrigerator can be dangerous to your health? Older machines can mean that your food is not being stored properly, causing early spoilage and cross-contamination. Some now-obsolete models may even use toxic chemicals in order to run, which can cause a variety of adverse reactions.
This is why experts recommend that you buy a new refrigerator every 15 years. Sometimes, however, you will need to replace yours before that time has passed. If you’re not sure whether or not you have to do so already, here are three signs that will tell you it’s time.
1. Your refrigerator is making strange noises
Refrigerators, even the most advanced ones, are not 100 percent quiet all the time. You can expect yours to produce some level of noise while it’s running. Although, particularly loud noises that persist for a long time could mean that the machine is about to fail.
Now, would you want to wait until that happens before you finally start to act? Where would you put all your food in the time between your refrigerator dying and you purchasing a new one? The better solution is to buy a new refrigerator now so that you can continue to safely store your food.
2. Your refrigerator is breaking down too frequently
While it’s normal for any type of refrigerator to break down and require repairs, this happening too often could mean that you’d be better off simply buying a new one. Let’s face it: repairs aren’t cheap, and all that money you had already spent on your machine might have been put to more practical use.
If you’d like to learn how to minimize the number of repairs your refrigerator needs, check out a previous article we posted on proper refrigerator use. We’ve outlined four easy tips that you can easily follow.
3. Your refrigerator is always full
Have you considered the possibility that your current refrigerator might be too small for your household’s needs? A machine that is jammed to maximum capacity will have to use more energy to maintain proper temperatures, and it would also mean that there are more chances of cross-contamination and spoilage. Add to that the hassle of having to rummage through the machine to find what you’re looking for, and you have a situation that simply isn’t ideal.
If this sounds all too familiar, it probably means that a new and larger refrigerator is something you desperately need.
You should also keep an eye out for good deals on brand new refrigerators. Even if yours isn’t particularly old, a huge discount on a new model is something you shouldn’t pass up. You can easily donate your current one provided that it’s in decent shape, and many people and organizations will be more than happy to accept it.
Besides, having a new refrigerator is a wonderful feeling in different ways. Your kitchen (or whatever room it’s in) will look nicer and you’ll be more motivated to cook!