A refrigerator that’s hissing, sweating, leaking or repeatedly cycling on and off is letting you know that it’s badly in need of repair or, worse, should be replaced. Deciding what to do depends on how old it is and how much it’ll cost you to fix it. As a rule, Consumer Reports recommends replacing a product if the cost of the repair is more than half the price of buying a new one. You can make your own call by checking our updated repair-or-replace timelines.
Icemakers are “the bane of any refrigerator’s existence,” says Dave, technician from ApplianceQuest, which offers repair and service to our customers. The repair rate for side-by-side refrigerators with an icemaker was 36 percent; the rate for top- and bottom-freezers with an icemaker was 28 percent and the rate for top- and bottom-freezers without an icemaker was15 percent.
The configuration and age of the refrigerator are also factors in whether you should repair it, consider a repair or buy a new one. Let Dave help you decide call ApplianceQuest today.
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