Purchasing a refrigerator is no easy (or cheap) endeavor. People usually spend days, weeks, or even months saving up and shopping around for a good deal. And when you do finally find one that is to your liking, it is an extremely rewarding feeling. You leave knowing that you won’t have to go through that process again anytime soon as the average lifespan of a refrigerator is about 10 to 20 years. However, at some point you will have to come to terms with the unfortunate reality of the situation: your refrigerator isn’t going to last forever.
While refrigerators usually don’t require as much upkeep and are more durable than other home appliances like trash compactors or dishwashers, they are not invincible to damage from daily wear-and-tear. Problems may range from something simple like a broken icemaker or water filter to more serious issues such as overheating. Because the severity of problems vary, it can be tough deciding whether you should pay for repairs or just purchase a completely new one.
The decision depends on many factors including the age and type of refrigerator as well as the extent of damage done. We wanted to make the decision a little bit easier for you. Refer to this guide if you are deciding whether you should repair or replace your refrigerator.