Pre-emptive fridge replacement?


Old 02-14-09, 09:45 AM
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Pre-emptive fridge replacement?

We have a Whirlpool top freezer fridge purchased in 1991. Never had a repair but I know it uses over twice the energy of current models. Based on kwh cost in my area, the payback is close to 20 years, i.e., longer than the projected life of the new fridge.

I know I should try to reduce my "carbon footprint" with an Energy Star model but I'm wondering if "they don't make 'em like they used to" applies.

Is the typical refrigerator failure mode a slow loss of cooling ability or will it work one day and not the next, in which case there would be a $100+ food loss?
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Old 02-14-09, 09:55 AM
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No pro...but in my 40 yrs (who cared when you were a kid) of kinda paying attention to these things...never saw one slowly fail. One day they work..the next day you get up to melted icecubes and warm milk.

My experience seems to say the fancier and more features they have, the more problems they have. Maybe cause they don't sell enough of them to get solid feedback on issues.

I can't see paying $2500 to keep leftovers and coldcuts chilled.
Old 02-15-09, 03:58 AM
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A new fridg will save you about $10 a month in energy use and in my opinion, your old refrigerator is more reliable than the new ones. I would opt to keep what you have and put a 1000 joule surge protector on the wall outlet, just get one designed for appliances and available at Lowes for $12
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