Angie's List: What to consider when buying a Refrigerator

LEWISTON, ID - If your refrigerator is performing poorly, it may be on the fritz... In today's Angie's List report, what to consider when buying a refrigerator.

"When buying a refrigerator there a lot of different styles and types you can choose from," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "First you want to consider what you want in your refrigerator because you could end up paying for lots of bells and whistles that you may never use. An average refrigerator may cost about $400 but you can spend up into the thousands for a refrigerator. A good rule of thumb on whether to repair or replace your refrigerator is to consider how old your refrigerator is. If it's more than ten years old and it's broken down you might want to consider a new one especially if the cost for repairing it is half the cost of a new refrigerator."

"We recently did a remodel of the entire kitchen," said homeowner Adam Clinton. "Our house was built in the 1920's. When we were going through the whole remodel process we decided that new appliances and upgrading were one of the most important things we needed to do."

"Your refrigerator is your most used appliance in your kitchen so by improving it and getting a newer model you're going to save on energy efficiency, especially if you get an Energy Star rated new refrigerator," said Hicks.

"There are a lot more things that can go wrong with a new one because of the electronics, but you save a ton of energy with them," said Vernon Schmidt, Appliance Store Operations Manager. "Along with that you are getting better temperatures in different sections of your unit so your crisper is keeping a more precise temperature."

Angie's List said it pays to comparison shop when buying a fridge.
Don't be afraid to negotiate on the price, or haggle on additional fees like delivery, installation or an extended warranty.