Should I Repair My Appliances or Replace Them, and What Else Might be Needed? Part 2/3

Should I Repair My Appliances or Replace Them, and What Else Might be Needed? Part 2/3
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    When should you replace a freezer?

    This is one of the cases where replacing it really pays off if the problem is anything more than minor.

    The typical freezer costs around $200 to $250 a year to run...

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New Ovens

A new oven doesn’t have as fast a pay-off due to improved energy efficiency as a new refrigerator. New ovens replacing an oven more than ten years old do use about half as much electricity as their predecessors.

You can improve the efficiency of your current oven by cooking more food at a time, using smaller pans to cook a meal faster and cutting up food into smaller pieces. Don’t thaw the food out to room temperature before cooking it due to the health hazard.

Freezers

When should you replace a freezer?

This is one of the cases where replacing it really pays off if the problem is anything more than minor. The typical freezer costs around $200 to $250 a year to run. Depending on the model of freezer you buy, this could be the cost of a cheap basic chest freezer or half the cost of an upright freezer.

The energy savings you see when you switch to a new, more efficient unit is thus paid back in two or three years if the alternative is repairing a compressor, condenser or control board (if you have a fancy one).

You can reduce the expense of using the freezer by making sure it has adequate air flow, isn’t exposed to excessive heat (hot garage versus inside a laundry room), the coils are kept clean and there are no air leaks. And unlike many appliances, you can review your usage of it and shift away from using it altogether.

 

Perhaps you deliberately use up all the food you’ve kept in the freezer through the spring and then unplug it to sit idle over the summer. Continue using the freezer that comes with the fridge and shift to more canned or fresh foods instead of frozen foods. This has the side benefit of not requiring you to cook food as long, since it isn’t being brought up from a frozen state.

You may want to rearrange the kitchen or find a way to move the freezer inside so that it doesn’t burn up as much power by trying to keep the food cool in the summer in a hundred degree garage.

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If the oven is so close to the fridge that it interferes with the fridge’s ability to operate, you’ll want to have the kitchen remodeled so that running the oven doesn’t cause the fridge to have to work harder.

And in any kitchen, the appliances aren’t the problem if you don’t have the classic easy flow from the refrigerator to the stove to the sink.

And before you buy a new stove or oven, make sure it will fit – or that you have the name of someone to alter the cabinetry or wall niche so it will fit.

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