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Angie’s List: Selecting a New Refrigerator

(WGGB) — If your refrigerator is preforming poorly, it may be on it’s last legs. Now is a good time to be on lookout for deals as stores will be making way for new models before the end of the year.

When large appliances, like the refrigerator, don’t operate properly or break down, homeowners often face a difficult decision: Do I repair or replace it?

“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,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

When buying a refrigerator, there a lot of different styles and types you can choose from.

First, 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 into the thousands.

You also want to be sure that it matches your current appliances.

“Stainless steel is probably the number one seller. They have several stainless finishes now. Some of them show less fingerprints and stuff. True stainless steel is not an easy material to keep clean, especially if you have small children, but it’s probably our number one seller,” adds Vernon Schmidt, a manager at an appliance store.

It pays to comparison shop when buying a fridge.

Also, don’t be afraid to negotiate on the price, or haggle on additional fees such as delivery, installation, or an extended warranty.

You could also find a scratch and dent refrigerator for hundreds less.

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