Rattles, leaks, lack of cooling, frozen food—it’s a stressful situation when the fridge is on the fritz. As the home’s most consistently used appliance, the big question is whether to repair or replace a refrigerator. Some typical refrigerator repairs involve faulty compressors and ice-makers, which can be expensive to fix. Depending on the make, model and age of the unit, some parts may also be difficult to track down. Carefully consider the costs of parts and labor before you get a refrigerator repaired. It might be more cost-effective to purchase a new fridge, especially if you have an older model. Most refrigerator repair and maintenance professionals will break down the costs for you and make a recommendation.
Many refrigerator repair services charge a flat fee to come to your location and diagnose the problem with your appliance. As whether there is a fee before you schedule an appointment. In many cases, the fee is waived when you agree to the repair. Diagnostic fees typically cost $60–$100.
Some refrigerator brands cost more to repair than others. Make sure that your service technician specializes in your refrigerator’s brand.
Parts and labor
Compressors, ice-makers, defrosters, freezer issues and circuit boards are some of the more frequent parts that need repair. A compressor, for example, can cost around $200, and an icemaker costs around $300. Some refrigerator repair providers charge by the hour for labor, and others charge a flat rate, based on the specific type of job. Some repair companies charge for parts and labor separately, while others fold all costs into one flat rate.
Warranties and guarantees
Establish upfront if a warranty or guarantee is included in the price. Companies may provide separate warranties for parts and labor. For example, InFix Appliances Repair in Houston offers a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor.
Ask whether the provider offers senior, military, veteran or other discounts. For example, All Brand Appliances of Boca Raton, Florida, offers $20 off to all first-time clients.
If you refrigerator is over 10 years old, carefully consider whether it it worth repairing or if it would be more cost-effective in the long run to replace it. Generally, you should replace the fridge if the repair cost is more than half the price of buying a new one. In addition, many newer models are more energy-efficient, which can save additional money on a monthly basis. Also, if the repair involves an ice-maker, consider whether or not you really need this luxury because it is so expensive to repair.