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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Refrigerator

Sometimes, repairs can cost a lot more than you think

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Photography: Marc Jao and William Ong (Main Photo)

We think a lot of people would agree when we say that refrigerators are one of the greatest gifts that technology has given us. Nothing beats the convenience of keeping produce fresh for a longer time, extending the shelf life of leftovers, and stopping bacteria from feeding on our food all in one place. However, over time, it's bound to experience some wear and tear. Here are five telltale signs to know when it's time to invest in a new one: 

1. It's no longer energy-efficient. 

If you own a fridge that is over 10 years old, it might be the culprit of your steep electric bill. Older models don't normally have energy-saving features and buying a new one doesn't only help you save on cash, you get to help the environment in your own little way as well.

2. It has exposed wiring or hardware. 

It follows that whenever an electrical component of an appliance is exposed, it should be repaired, but if it’s beyond fixing then it should be replaced as soon as possible. Neglect for exposed wiring and interior could lead to serious consequences.

3. If the repair bill costs more than buying a new piece. 

Naturally, when something is broken we call a pro to help us save it. However, if the repair bill costs more than the item when you first bought it, it might be best to consider the cost-efficient choice of buying a brand new unit. 

4. It doesn't get the job done anymore. 

The main purpose of refrigerators is to keep food at a chilled temperature and keep them from spoiling fast. However, if you notice that it takes a long time to chill food and drinks than it used to or your food gets spoiled or rotten faster than it normally would—it's time to replace your ice box. 

5. It doesn't fit in your new home. 

Usually, people who downsize their home replace their fridge as it can be a bit too much for their new space. Keep in mind that this can also go the other way around—some who move to a new space can opt for a bigger fridge that perfectly fits in their spacious kitchen. 

PHOTOS: Marc Jao and William Ong (Main) | Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions | Dairy Darilag

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