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!

I hope this guide was helpful! If you found it helpful please remember to click the like or share links. Thanks!

Most Reliable Dishwashers 2017

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Best Dishwasher Brands

Who Makes The Best Dishwasher? Dishwasher Repair Statistics.

First of all, dishwashers have the shortest life expectancy of all your home appliances, about 9 years on average. in addition, even the best dishwashers are difficult and costly to replace.  Therefore, when it’s time to replace your dishwasher make sure you find the one that will give you the most years of trouble-free service possible at the best price. Below you will find reliability statistics for the most popular dishwasher brands. Who makes the best dishwasher?

Dishwashers Sold That NEEDED Repair or Had Serious Problems.

Best Dishwasher Repair Stats

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

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Most Reliable Dishwashers

Bosch 10%
Whirlpool 11%
Miele 12%
Kenmore 14%
LG 14%
Kitchen Aid 15%
Maytag 16%
GE 17%
Frigidaire 18%
Samsung 23%

Take note of a few things in your search for the best dishwasher.

    1. Dishwashers have very specific size and plumbing requirements to fit properly into your kitchen cabinetry. Take a close look at your cabinets, water valves, plumbing and the dishwashers spec sheet so additional installation charges don’t surprise you. Dishwasher Install Tips
    2. Kenmore dishwashers are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Frigidaire & Others. Depending on who manufactures the Kenmore dishwasher you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new dishwasher will need repair.
    3. As you may notice by the best dishwasher repair chart, paying a high purchase price for a dishwasher does not necessarily guarantee trouble free service.
    4. My dishwasher repair guy opinion: Mid line Frigidaire is a good candidate for best dishwasher if you want a low priced option that will get you a few years (emphasis on few). My best dishwasher choice is mid line Whirlpool. They are not trouble free but over all they are one of the best options for reliability, cost and repair support, if it’s needed.



Best Ranges, Ovens, and Stoves

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Best Range Stove Brands

Range & Stove Reliability Statistics! Who Makes The Best Stove?

When your buying a new range you’ll want to know your new appliance has the features your looking for but also how reliable it will be.  Below you will find current brand reliability statistics for the most popular gas, electric, and dual-fuel ranges by appliance brand.

Ranges Sold That Needed Repair or Had Serious Problems.

Best Range & Stove Repair Stats

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


Best Range Brands (Electric Stoves)

GE 5%
Whirlpool 7%
Frigidaire 7%
Kenmore 8%
Maytag 8%
Samsung 10%
LG 10%
Kitchen Aid 12%

Best Range Brands (Gas Stoves)

LG 5%
Frigidaire 6%
GE 7%
Kenmore 7%
Whirlpool 11%
Maytag 12%
Kitchen Aid 12%

In Your Search For The Best Range You May Want To Take Note Of A Few Things.



    1. The more expensive and complex the range the more likely you are to need repair.
    2. The higher end range brands like Kitchen Aid and Jenn-Air often have a convection oven, which is a very nice feature but also one more thing to need repair.
    3. The lower end ranges brands such as Hotpoint are often purchased by people that aren’t as critical of their baking results as those who dished out more that 1K on there range, and are therefore less likely to call for repair.
    4. You get what you pay for. However, when you get up in the high end be prepared for some repair issues.  Aiming for the middle is usually the best bet.
    5. Kenmore stoves & ranges are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Frigidaire & Others. Depending on who manufactures the Kenmore stove or range you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new stove or range will need repair.

Most Reliable Refrigerators

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The Best Refrigerator Brands! Who Makes The Best Refrigerator?

Buying a new refrigerator is a big decision. 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.

Refrigerator features are important, but a  fancy shelf inside a dead three-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 refrigerator reliability statistics for the most popular refrigerator brands by style.

Refrigerators Sold That NEEDED Repair or Had Serious Problems In The First 5 Years.

Most Reliable Refrigerator Repair Stats

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

Best Top Freezer Refrigerators

Most Reliable 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

Most Reliable 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%

Most Reliable 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 most reliable 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 on 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, Samsung  & 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. In my experience, Samsung and LG refrigerators 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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Best Washing Machines 2017

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Who Makes The Best Washer?

Washing Machine Reliability Stats!

Before slapping your cash on the barrel head for a new washing machine you will probably be interested in water & energy savings as well as noise levels, but with an average life span of less than ten years you also may want to know how likely the new washer your buying will need repair. Below you will find current reliability statistics for the most popular washing machine styles by appliance brand.

Washing Machines Sold That Needed Repair or Had Serious Problems.

Best Washer Repair Stats

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

Best Washing Machines (Front load)

LG 12%
Samsung 14%
Amana 15%
Kenmore 18%
Maytag 19%
Electrolux 20%
Whirlpool 21%
GE 24%
Frigidaire 25%

Best Washing Machines (Top Load)

Speed Queen 9%
Roper 12%
Maytag 16%
Samsung 16%
Whirlpool 17%
Kenmore 19%
GE 19%
LG 23%

A few notes on the best washer stats…


  1. Kenmore Washers are produced by many manufacturers such as Whirlpool, GE, LG, Samsung, Frigidaire & Others. Depending on who manufactures the KenmoreWasher you purchase will have a great deal to do with how likely your new Washer will need repair.
  2. Energy saving washers come at a price. I’m all for saving the earth and being green but higher purchase cost, complex design, and shorter expected life spans are a few things you should be aware of before making your next purchase.
  3. In addition to saving water, energy saving washers spin much faster than traditional top loading washing machines. This greatly reduces the time needed to dry a load of clothing. (Additional Energy Savings)
  4. My Repair Guy Opinion: Most modern washing machines will need repair in the first 5-7 years. In my opinion, currently the best washer in production is Speed Queen. Unfortunately my second choice is a low end whirlpool belt drive washer… not because it’s a good washer but because it’s cheap and easy to work on. Also, it hurts a lot less when a 350.00 washer craps out at 4 years than a 1000.00 one!