Today, a majority of American households have a refrigerator and many have two. If you’ve not invested in this must-have kitchen appliance just yet or are looking for a new refrigerator to replace the old, do your research to choose a dependable option that is suitable for your needs and that will not need a lot of repairs down the line.
Here are some helpful tips on how to pick the right refrigerator:
Choose a convenient configuration
The top freezer style is ideal if you eat frozen foods regularly so you can easily access your items. It is configured with the freezer compartment on top, and the larger food compartment on the bottom. On the other hand, you may want the bottom freezer style if you eat more fresh food. If you want the best of both worlds, the side-by-side configuration is a good option. The freezer and food compartments share an equal amount of space taking up the full height of the refrigerator allowing easy access to both. Lastly, you could go the french door route that includes both a side-by-side food compartment and a bottom freezer.
Choose an appropriate size
Before choosing a refrigerator, you should measure the width, depth, and height of the space where you intend for it to go to ensure the model you choose will fit. Do not forget to consider nearby features such as a side wall that will not allow for the refrigerator doors to fully open. The refrigerator size will affect energy consumption, so we recommend choosing a smaller model if you want to minimize energy bills.
Check the energy rating
Refrigerators use far more energy than most appliances. Some models are more energy-efficient than others. You should check if the model you are interested in is an ENERGY STAR certified model, to save hundreds of dollars on energy bills and to minimize your carbon emissions.
Consider the features that you need most
Refrigerators come with a wide variety of features that bring a whole new level of functionality. Choose a model that offers sectional climate controls in its various compartments if you intend to store fresh ingredients so you can keep them for as long as possible. You may want to consider a fridge with advanced defrosting features if you like to keep leftovers. Other features that you should consider include temperature-adjustable drawers, adjustable shelves, in-door ice maker, and a water dispenser with built-in filter, etc.
You should make these considerations before making this pricey investment to ensure it provides the functions and features that will be the most useful for your needs. We hope that you will find the right fridge to be a valuable addition to your household.
At Diamond Appliance Repair, we are an independent, family-owned appliance repair shop. If you live in Naples, Bonita Springs and Ft Myers FL, and you are having appliance problems, give us a call at 239-687-6999! You can always rely on us for advice and for prompt, in-home visits and repair.