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Life Expectancy of Fridge These Days?

Started 1274024668.003 in Viewpoints | Last reply 1274074897.373 by Mimi 2 Five

Our Kenmore is about 10 or 11 years old. The temperature has been slowly going up in the last week. Every couple of days it gets a degree warmer.

I have unplugged it for an hour in hopes it may reset itself....but it's still not cooling the way it should. I have both the freezer and the fridge settings at the highest settings.  Luckily, this is the one downstairs....not our main one.

DH and I are in discussion as to call a repairman or just buy a new one.

Anyone have an opinion they would care to share?

repairman or replace?

I'm leaning towards replacing...   {#emotions_dlg.blink}    thanks, tabby

Tabby
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Lotus~1274024785.1335411 PostsRegistered 6/23/2006Long Island, NY

Not sure of the life expectancy, but that happened to my mom's Amanna on Easter Sunday...thankfully I live upstairs and she was able to save just about everything in there.

She called for repair that day and they sent somone out the next day....it only needed a part and it was fine.....I forget what it was.

 

ETA.........Fridges are extremely expensive.....hopefully you can repair it for a nominal fee.  Good luck.

 

 

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Melly1231274024952.582547 PostsRegistered 2/2/2008

Have you vacumed your coils? If that doesn't help...maybe you can find a repair guy who will let you know the ballpark cost before you get involved in a costly repair on an aging fridge. I think about 10-15years is what you can expect.

Riverside1274038579.6075363 PostsRegistered 4/23/2010

We had the same problem a few months ago.  It was 10 years old and we decided to replace it.  We figured any kind of service call and replacement part would be a couple of hundred dollars & we got a new one for about $700.00.

gidgetgoes­hawaiian1274039463.93310007 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Don't know if this is much help, but when our dishwasher broke last year, we had the repairman come out.  He said that appliances are built now to last 5-7 years.  Our dishwasher was almost 5.  We replaced it. 

Nana51274041080.5272573 PostsRegistered 6/16/2006
On 5/16/2010 gidgetgoeshawaiian said:

Don't know if this is much help, but when our dishwasher broke last year, we had the repairman come out.  He said that appliances are built now to last 5-7 years.  Our dishwasher was almost 5.  We replaced it. 

Those life expectancies are so distressing. We're supposed to be "going green" and saving energy, yet we need to replace our appliances every 5-7 years? That means disposing of old appliances and building new ones. Doesn't sound very energy-efficient to me.

Several years ago, we got a new dishwasher after our 20 year-old one couldn't hold its water. BUT the range, microwave and refrigerator that we bought in 1986 are still working well. Never needed a repairman for any of them. We will never replace old appliances with new ones because the new ones are built to fail in just a few years. Oh yes, our chest freezer is over 40 years old and working just fine.

You can't convince me that the small savings of energy to upgrade to newer, more energy-efficient appliances would balance out the energy expended to manufacture new ones and dispose of the old ones.

BTW you would think our electric bills would be sky-high with all these old, inefficient appliances. They're not.

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Noel71274041320.98334868 PostsRegistered 8/8/2007

They don't make them like they used to.  From what I hear, the common life expectancy of a frig or a stove is 10 years.

Of course, that might be different if you have something like a Viking...

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kivah1274043835.0173470 PostsRegistered 7/21/2008oxnard, CA

Each refrigerator is different. I definitely wouldn't spend a couple of hundred dollars calling a repairman (most of them are thieves). I'll bet the repairman will quote around $200 to repair a refrigerator - as they know most people won't pay more - even if the part costs then $25. Then, a year or two later, that part or another part will go. Best to buy a new refrigerator. If you purchase one at Costco, they give a free 2-year warranty on appliances. When using certain credit cards (check with the credit card company) - they also give a warranty. I have a basic Whirlpool refrigerator & it's around 14 yrs & never had a problem.

sunshine451274044544.2940613 PostsRegistered 1/13/2007east coast and west coast

appliance life expectancy

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best10buddy1274044567.041249 PostsRegistered 11/6/2006

I have replaced refrig. 3 times in 8 yrs..  the first was a Kenmore... what a disappointment after years of swearing by that brand... the next wa a GE -- 3 years...

I have been told that the life span is now about 5 yrs... The co.'s  have figured out that if these appliances last for 20 yrs... they don't ahve  resale for 20 yrs... Keep the old stuff as long as you can... believe me "they don't make them like they use to"

Dishwasher i have replaced that about every 5 yrs. too.

slh1274044688.6474459 PostsRegistered 10/19/2005NJ (Philly burb)
On 5/16/2010 sandy rose said:

Each refrigerator is different. I definitely wouldn't spend a couple of hundred dollars calling a repairman (most of them are thieves). I'll bet the repairman will quote around $200 to repair a refrigerator - as they know most people won't pay more - even if the part costs then $25. Then, a year or two later, that part or another part will go. Best to buy a new refrigerator. If you purchase one at Costco, they give a free 2-year warranty on appliances. When using certain credit cards (check with the credit card company) - they also give a warranty. I have a basic Whirlpool refrigerator & it's around 14 yrs & never had a problem.

My washer/gas dryer, refrig, stove and dishwasher are all over 19 yrs old and going strong.  All are GE and came with my house.  Makes me want to stick with GE that's for sure.  I had to recently replace my HW heater and last year put in a new central AC but all in all I'm happy with the performance of my appliances.

poregirl1274044871.067295 PostsRegistered 10/12/2009great white north

I know having calcium & lime in water can kill a dishwasher pretty quick

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poregirl1274045165.2677295 PostsRegistered 10/12/2009great white north
On 5/16/2010 Nana5 said:

Several years ago, we got a new dishwasher after our 20 year-old one couldn't hold its water. BUT the range, microwave and refrigerator that we bought in 1986 are still working well. Never needed a repairman for any of them. We will never replace old appliances with new ones because the new ones are built to fail in just a few years. Oh yes, our chest freezer is over 40 years old and working just fine.Last edited on 5/16/2010

wow! can you tell what brand these are?

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Nana51274053886.6972573 PostsRegistered 6/16/2006
On 5/16/2010 poregirl said:
On 5/16/2010 Nana5 said:

Several years ago, we got a new dishwasher after our 20 year-old one couldn't hold its water. BUT the range, microwave and refrigerator that we bought in 1986 are still working well. Never needed a repairman for any of them. We will never replace old appliances with new ones because the new ones are built to fail in just a few years. Oh yes, our chest freezer is over 40 years old and working just fine.Last edited on 5/16/2010

wow! can you tell what brand these are?

Thanks for asking! I had to go check the brands. The freezer, refrigerator and range are all Frigidaire (don't even know if that brand is still around) and the built-in microwave is a Sharp Carousel.

We bought the freezer when we bought our property at auction in 1971. It wasn't new then so we have no idea how old it is. It's big --23 cubit feet--but DH's garden keeps it filled most of the time.

After reading how quickly appliances break down, I'm starting to get warm-fuzzy feelings about my old-timers!

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Kathy from­ Ga 11274055124.913434 PostsRegistered 4/15/2007

Tabby, the same thing happened with my Kenmore fridge about six months ago.  Mine is only about 5 years old, so I was really ticked when it quit cooling.  And I didn't want to buy a new one.  We were able to call a repairman, because I have one of those home warranty deals on all my home appliances where we just pay a service fee.  It turned out to need a simple part replacement, something that regulates the temperature.  Now it works just great.  I was so relieved, because we only have the one refrigerator. 

Kindaglitzy1274064600.2474359 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

I guess I was lucky, my appliances were here when I purchased the condo 20 years ago, not sure how long they were here before that.  Anyway, I did replace all my appliances last fall although they were still functioning, sort of felt like I was on borrowed time.  I probably should clarify that I live by myself so they are not used as hard as if a family was using them.

september1274065114.7416885 PostsRegistered 6/29/2007

Last week, I had my 23+ year old Kenmore refrigerator hauled away.  It still kept the food cold, but many inner parts were cracked, and it was an energy hog.

The main reason for replacing it is that we're doing a major kitchen remodel, so it was just time to do it.  We bought another Kenmore (not yet installed).  The new one cost only $300 more than the old one!  And it has French doors, a bottom freezer, filtered water and ice dispenser, and is an Energy Star appliance.  Great features inside, too. And bigger.

I hope it's as reliable as our old one.

 

Rarity1274071687.021791 PostsRegistered 10/19/2005

They sure don't make them like they used to.  My mother's fridge was purchased 12/71 and it's still going strong with no problems throughout the years!

Mimi 2 Five1274074897.37778 PostsRegistered 1/12/2009

I have a side by side GE refrigerator that is going on 20 years old.  Last year the ice maker quit but I never had it repaired.  Instead I bought some ice cube trays and make my own.  It's a little trouble but I'm sure it saved a huge repair bill.

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