What Type of Refrigerator Should You Buy?
Refrigerators are an essential appliance, so when things go wrong you need to act quickly to avoid major inconvenience. If your refrigerator isn’t cooling like it should, isn’t maintaining temperature, is freezing food, leaks, or has broken hardware, it’s time to make the decision of whether to repair your current unit or upgrade to a new model.
If your refrigerator is less than 10 years old, it is worth it to look into refrigerator repair. If the appliance is older than a decade or has given you a lot of problems, you might save money and hassle by purchasing a new refrigerator.
If you’ve decided you’re ready for a new refrigerator, it’s smart to first do some research and planning. There are a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a refrigerator. By knowing what you need and want from the start, you’ll make your refrigerator shopping experience much smoother.
We are Comfort Appliance, and we know a thing or two about refrigerators. Here’s what you need to know before you go refrigerator shopping.
Start with selecting the right size. Today’s refrigerator selection offers a range of sizes, so it’s important to know the dimensions you’re looking for before you make a purchase. A 36” wide refrigerator is the standard, but if you live in an older home or have a custom kitchen or unique layout, you may need a smaller (or want a larger) size. You should also measure any doorways or hallways the refrigerator will have to move through to get to the kitchen. Capacity is another choice you’ll have to make. The recommended capacity for a family of four is about 20 cubic feet of fridge space. However, you may decide to bump that up if you want more storage room.
Determine the style you want. Refrigerator buyers today have a lot more options than they did 10 or 20 years ago, and that extends to refrigerator style. For example, refrigerator doors come in several different styles – top freezer, bottom freezer, french doors (those that open from the middle) with the freezer on the bottom, and side-by-side doors with a long and skinny freezer. The door style you choose will depend on several factors, including ease of access (is it hard for you to bend down to access a freezer? Do you want the kids to be able to get in the freezer?) and the amount of space available (be sure to measure before you start to shop!). Additionally, you’ll be able to select from several materials (stainless steel being a popular choice), colors (depending on the material), modern or vintage look, and more.
Decide if you want a smart display. Despite being a relatively recent innovation, smart displays are everywhere today. They are also much more affordable than they were a few short years ago. Many brands offer cool options with their displays, such as the ability to create a grocery list that saves to the cloud, search recipes, get the news or weather, or even play music. However, if you want to keep things simple, you may decide to forego this option.
Choose from other smart upgrades. Above and beyond a smart display, many of today’s refrigerators come with a wide variety of “smart” upgrades. Greater temperature management is something that home chefs may be interested in, with certain fridges giving users the ability to customize temperature settings according to the type of food or beverage being cooled, as well as by length of time, location in the refrigerator, etc. Many refrigerators today also have the ability to self-diagnose problems with their own functioning..pretty neat!
If you’re not quite ready to replace your refrigerator and are looking for help keeping your existing model running well, call Comfort Appliance. We help customers in Conyers, McDonough, Stockbridge, and beyond with KitchenAid refrigerator repair, LG refrigerator repair, Frigidaire refrigerator repair, Whirlpool refrigerator repair, Samsung refrigerator repair, GE, Appliances refrigerator repair, Hotpoint refrigerator repair, Maytag refrigerator repair, Café refrigerator repair, Danby refrigerator repair, Bosch refrigerator repair, Haier refrigerator repair, and many other brands.
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