A fridge can be an expensive, but worthwhile, investment. However, a fridge does not last forever. So, how long is the lifespan of a refrigerator and when is it time to get a new one?
With care, a quality fridge can last from ten to fifteen years. On average, a refrigerator will last 13 years; however, after that, it may lose its energy efficiency and ability to cool. Furthermore, components may begin to break down, crack or wear away. You may also find that your fridge starts to malfunction such as through an excessive frost build up.
By following these top tips, you may be able to extend the life of your fridge so that it can last for up to twenty years.
Top tips to extend the life of your refrigerator
1. Lubricate the doors
The rubber insulation seals around the edge of the door are responsible for shutting out hot air and trapping cold air inside. Over time, these seals can suffer from cracks and tears and may come loose from the door; this is when the fridge will start to lose its effectiveness. Using petroleum jelly, routinely apply a thin layer of lubrication on the seals so that they maintain their elasticity and reduce the risk of cracks.
2. Keep the coils clean
The condenser coils are responsible for allowing heat to escape efficiently. However, dust and debris can get trapped in the coils which prevent heat from escaping. It is wise to clean the coils every six months. Otherwise they can clog and stop the fridge from working completely. Before cleaning the coils, make sure to switch the appliance off and pull the unit out so you can see the back of the fridge. Then, using a brush attachment on the vacuum cleaner, you can carefully brush the dust away from the coil.
3. Clean the vents
On the side of the fridge, you can find vents which help air to circulate around the refrigerator. However, food and debris can obstruct the vents, which reduces its efficiency. Make sure to keep the vents clear and unobstructed and clean debris out of the vents regularly.
What if the fridge malfunctions?
1. There is a grinding sound
If the fridge makes a scraping sound, then it may be an issue with the fan. The fan is responsible for cooling the condenser coils, and you can find it in the same place. Look out for worn or broken fan blades and make a replacement if necessary. Just Fixed can replace the fan to save you the hassle.
2. There is a leak
If you spot a puddle of water underneath the fridge, then check that the water supply line and valve are in good condition and connected. If the supply line has signs of wear, then it may be time to replace it.
3. The icemaker isn’t working
If the icemaker fails to produce ice, then it may be clogged. Defrost the icemaker using a hairdryer to unclog the blockage, and it should return to full working order.
When should I replace my fridge?
There are several indications that it is time to replace your fridge with a new one which includes;
- When there is excessive heat from the rear of the refrigerator
- If food is spoiling despite being at a food-safe temperature setting
- If condensation inside the fridge is a frequent occurrence
- If the refrigerator makes a loud buzzing noise, even after been unplugged and plugged back in
- The fridge is completely silent when plugged in
- You notice high energy usage and the refrigerator is using more energy than usual despite no specific changes.
How should I get rid of a fridge?
If it is time for a new fridge, then you need to dispose of your old fridge carefully. You can do this by asking the new dealer to take the old one when they deliver the new one. Alternatively, you can ask your local council recycling and refuse team if they collect refrigerators, in some cases, you may need to transport the fridge yourself to the local tip.