When is it Time to Replace Your Refrigerator?

Buying a new refrigerator is expensive. You want to be sure that the time is right to buy one before you spend the money.

Below are a few warning signs that it may be time for replacement.


If your fridge is “sweating,” this could be an indication that the unit isn’t cooling properly. Take a look at the rubber seals around the fridge doors. If they are in good condition, then try adjusting the temperature setting.

If the problem persists, replacement of the unit may be in your near future.


If the back of your refrigerator feels excessively warm, this may be an indication that the motor is malfunctioning. Before you purchase a new refrigerator, however, it will be a smart idea to have a professional check the condition of the fridge’s coils. This problem is sometimes associated with a worn-out or corroded coil that can easily be repaired or replaced.


If you notice that your fruits, vegetables, milk, and other food items are spoiling much more quickly than normal, this could be a warning sign that your fridge is no longer able to maintain its internal temperature. This could result in a lot of wasted money with spoiled food.


When the freezer is “over-freezing” your foods, this again may be an indication that the fridge is no longer able to maintain its temperature settings. Noticing ice on your frozen dinners, French fry bags, bagged veggies, or other assorted food items is not normal.


Most fridges will require replacement after 10+ years. The average unit will last around 10-15 years. Fridges on the market today are more energy-efficient than older models and a replacement may help you save money on your energy bills.

More Information

If you would like to get a professional’s opinion before you buy a new fridge, call in a local appliance repair technician. They will be able to provide expert guidance as to whether your fridge simply needs a repair, or if it is time for a new unit.

Also, if you want to protect your budget from future repairs, certain repairs may be covered when you are enrolled in our Kitchen Essentials Repair Plan. To see if plans are available in your area, visit us online and enter your zip code in the search bar at the top of the page.