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Old 03-25-08, 07:36 PM
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When should you replace your refrigerator?

A simple enough question. I rent an apartment, so it would be somewhat of a pain in the ass to get mine replaced. Not a major pain, but more of an inconvenience, I guess.

I've noticed that my refrigerator just doesn't seem to be keeping things towards the front as cold as it used to and things towards the back are freezing solid. While I've had problems like that before, it seems to be happening more often.

I've had the refrigerator for about 9-10 years now. It does a decent job, I guess...but are these signs I need it replaced?
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My refrigerator is 14 years old and still going strong, so I guess the answer is: When it stops keeping your shit cold.
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I would say when it is cheaper to replace than it is to fix. Our fridge lasted around 25 years before we replaced it.
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Originally Posted by aintnosin
My refrigerator is 14 years old and still going strong, so I guess the answer is: When it stops keeping your shit cold.
That's the no duh answer, obviously. I was just wondering if the freezing solid of the stuff towards the back was a sign it could soon need replacing. And I hate having to throw stuff away at the grocery prices today!
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Originally Posted by calhoun07
That's the no duh answer, obviously. I was just wondering if the freezing solid of the stuff towards the back was a sign it could soon need replacing. And I hate having to throw stuff away at the grocery prices today!
You should get a fridge thermometer and keep it towards the front, for the time being. If the needle is in the "red zone," you'd better get cracking, because your food is probably spoiling (in the front).

Is the freezer on the top or on the bottom?
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The rule I usually follow is this:

If your refrigerator is running, you should probably go catch it.
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My guess would be it's about to die in the near future and the thermostat senses the front is warm so it's constantly running the compressor to make up for it which freezes the stuff in the back.

9 years old...fridge is probably costing you a lot more money in electricity than a new one would.

Make sure where you buy it will haul away the old one for free.
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you said your renting? so is the old fridge yours or the landlords? I ask because then you might have to deal with either leaving the old one behind or the new one behind or something.
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When it starts heating food.
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You may want to check the coils behind/underneath the unit. Perhaps cleaning those will increase performance.

My 'fridge make an audible clunk sometimes when turning on. I plan on keeping it until it dies, or stops keeping cold.
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every other year
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Clean the coils (as suggested above) and make sure the door seal is tight. Also make sure the circulation vents are unobstructed. Otherwise, you might be losing cold air and running the compressor too much, which freezes the stuff in back.
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Move everything to the middle. Duh.
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when the severed human heads start to stink up the place.

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When it breaks.
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You rent but you're talking about "your" fridge? The fridge doesn't belong to the landlord? When I was renting and the fridge started a slow decline, I called the landlord and he had someone come out to repair it, isn't that how it normally works when you rent?

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