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How Do You Know When it's Time to Replace Your Fridge?

Did you know the best time to buy refrigerators is May? Most manufacturers roll out their new models of refrigerators in the summer which means last year's models get discounted during the spring.

Shirley Hood, an appliance expert for over two decades at Abt Electronics and Appliances, the largest independent, single-store appliance and electronics retailer in the country, is available to share her expert insight on valuable shopping tips and discuss recent product trends so your readers/viewers/listenerswill know what to look for when purchasing a new refrigerator.

  • Be sure to measure the space that your new unit will occupy. Instead of measuring the existing unit, measure the space that will house the refrigerator, take into consideration any trim, crown moldings, walls or door openings.
  • Go for an Energy star model. Refrigerators that are 10 years or older could be using up to 50% more energy than the newer more energy efficient models available now.
  • Ask if any rebates are available. Always be sure to check about rebates, as some companies may offer rebates when you get rid of your older unit.
  • Buy as large a unit as the existing space will provide. Now with the newer and more energy efficient refrigerators, people can go larger with units. That way you have the additional storage space needed if your family grows in the future.
  • Consider how you store food. Do you need more fresh food capacity? Freezer capacity? Make sure your selection fits your lifestyle.
  • Think about the layout of your kitchen. Is it a galley kitchen? Open space? Will an island prevent a wide swing single door or freezer drawer from opening? Make sure to know your door clearance when considering your refrigerator style.
  • Select a uniform color. If all your appliances are older and still working but you have to replace your refrigerator now, select the color that you eventually want all your appliances to be.
  • Be aware of shallow depth and standard depth. Standard depth refrigerators will extend past your countertop anywhere between 7 to 10 inches, whereas a shallow depth will extend anywhere from 4 to 6 inches max.