Repair Or Replace Your Refrigerator

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To Repair or Not to Repair… That is the Question

The big question: Repair Refrigerator or Replace Refrigerator

There are a few factors that should help you tip the repair refrigerator or replace refrigerator scales in a wise direction… Your refrigerator’s manufacturer or brand, the age of your refrigerator, and the symptoms of your refrigerator problem, greatly affect your best course of action.

In this article I will do my best to give some basic guidelines for the big refrigerator repair vs. replacement dilemma.

First some refrigerator repair vs. replacement background questions and information.


You may not be able to pin down your refrigerator problem exactly, but we should be able to get a pretty good idea of your refrigerator problem with this [Troubleshooting Refrigerator Problems.] If you haven’t looked through the refrigerator troubleshooting pages yet, you should. If your problem is with the compressor or sealed system, save your repair money and put it toward the new refrigerator bill… unless your refrigerator is extremely expensive to replace.


Refrigerators have a large price range. If we are talking about a 400.00 appliance that is 10 years old that’s very different from a 2000.00 refrigerator that is 10 years old. Obviously a 100.00 to 200.00 repair on one would be wise on one and not so much the other. Fortunately, whether you are the 400.00 or 2000.00 refrigerator person you are at the right place.

3.HOW MUCH WILL A REFRIGERATOR REPAIR COST?Appliance repair service man

Well that’s a good question. Honestly a low-end refrigerator shouldn’t have any mechanical parts that are too expensive to replace, and the majority of the repair cost will be the service call and labor. However, high-end appliances tend to have hi-end parts that can be quite pricey. Control boards and thermostats are probably worth the money if they solve the problem and the repair parts and labor have some warranty. Always ask if the repair has any warranty!


In the old days refrigerators regularly made it to 20 years or more. However, newer refrigerators are expected to last between 10-15 years before they have a major problem. So if your refrigerator is more than 10 you may want to think twice before putting more than 200.00 into a refrigerator repair.


who made your refrigerator may also be something to think about when considering repair refrigerator or replace refrigerator. Here is a page that looks at how frequently different brands of refrigerators needed major repair. And also what refrigerator styles more commonly need repair.

The sealed system of a refrigerator is the heart and circulation system of the appliance and the freezer section is its pulse. If the freezer is freezing food you have a very good indication that the appliance is worth repair, or at least a service call. If the freezer section is not cooling properly then there are a few more questions that need to be asked to determine if your refrigerator is salvageable. Here is a page that will help you get a general idea of what your refrigerator’s major malfunction may be. because sealed system refrigerator repair out of warranty is extremely expensive!

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Best Refrigerators

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Best Refrigerator

The Best Refrigerator Brands! Who Makes The Best Refrigerator?

Buying a new refrigerator is a big deal! In the old days (the late 1900s) refrigerators would often last for more than twenty years! Those days are but a fading memory. Thank the Lord if you get fifteen years of service from a refrigerator produced today.

Features are important, but some cool shelf inside a dead 3 year old refrigerator doesn’t do you much good, and don’t get me started about internet access on your refrigerator door! Below you will find current reliability statistics for the most popular refrigerator styles by appliance brand.

Refrigerators Sold That NEEDED Repair or Had Serious Problems.

Best Refrigerator Repair Stats

Smaller Bar = Better chances you’ll get a refrigerator not a lemon…

Best Top Freezer Refrigerators

Best Refrigerator (Top Freezer With Ice Maker)

Kenmore 13%
Maytag 15%
Frigidaire 16%
GE 19%
Whirlpool 19%

Best Refrigerator (Top Freezer Without Ice Maker)

Kenmore 14%
Whirlpool 15%
GE 15%
Frigidaire 13%

Best Bottom Freezer Refrigerators

Best Refrigerator (Bottom Freezer With Ice Maker)

Samsung 18%
Kenmore 19%
LG 19%
GE 19%
Maytag 22%
Whirlpool 25%
Kitchen Aid 26%
Frigidaire 35%
Electrolux 45%

Best Refrigerator (Bottom Freezer Without Ice Maker)

Kenmore 12%
GE 15%
Whirlpool 21%
Amana 24%

Best Refrigerator (Side by Side)

GE 27%
Kenmore 23%
Whirlpool 20%
Frigidaire 21%
LG 22%
Maytag 22%
Samsung 23%
Kitchen Aid 29%


In your search for the best refrigerator, you may want to take note of a few things.


  1. Refrigerators with ice makers tend to have more repair problems that refrigerators without an ice maker.
  2. Refrigerators with the freezer at the bottom are more likely to need repair than top freezer refrigerators.
  3. Bottom freezer refrigerators of all brands with an ice dispenser are more likely to have problems than bottom freezer refrigerators that do not have an ice dispenser.
  4. Side-by-Side refrigerators are the most popular models but also the most likely to have repair problems.
  5. Kenmore refrigerators are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Frigidaire & Others. Depending on who manufactures the Kenmore refrigerator you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new refrigerator will need repair.
  6. Most new Maytag and Amana Refrigerators are built by Whirlpool but may have a few minor cosmetic differences such as shelving quality and orientation.
  7. Samsung refrigerators are not listed in these statistics. However, In my experience they are well built but mechanically complicated. So if you need a samsung refrigerator repaired it may be difficult to find a repair person willing to work on it.


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