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When should I replace my old fridge or freezer?


If you have a second fridge in the garage or basement Recycle it now!

Odds are it's an old unit, you don't use it much — and it's costing more to run than you think. If you really need a second fridge, replace it with a right-sized ENERGY STAR model.
If your fridge or freezer was manufactured before 1993

It's time for a new one.

You're wasting $65 or more in electricity to run a fridge that's at the end of its life. Before it breaks and leaves you with a lot of spoiled food on your hands, replace it with an ENERGY STAR qualified fridge or freezer that's no bigger than you need. They cost only half as much to run and offer advanced technology to keep your food fresher longer.

Don't let that old fridge take up residence in the garage or basement! Check out the four ways to recycle an old fridge or freezer.

If your fridge or freezer was manufactured between 1993 and 1999 You may want to consider replacing it if:

  • Your electricity rates are higher than the national average
  • You have a side-by-side refrigerator (they use 25% more energy)
  • Your household size has shrunk and you could use a smaller model
  • It has been unreliable or required repairs in the past
  • You're thinking of remodeling

Use the refrigerator calculator to find out how much energy and money your old fridge or freezer is costing you. Your savings may justify replacing it now.