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How Much Does Replacing or Repairing a Refrigerator Cost?

Refrigerator Installation Prices

What a great invention the modern refrigerator is! It wasn't that long ago our great grandparents were having giant cubes of ice delivered to their door, only to have the ice melt away in a day or two. Then, they would be waiting for the next block of ice to keep their food fresh and cold. Society has come a long way since the original "icebox" refrigerators. Now, refrigerators are being made fancier, with more technology, and more space than ever.

New Refrigerator Prices

With any refrigerator you should know that materials make a big difference. White, black, and bisque colored units cost less than stainless steel. It will cost $200 to $500 more to purchase a stainless steel refrigerator that is exactly the same mechanically as classic colors. People love the silver look of stainless steel. It's sleek and modern. Stainless steel refrigerators are very popular in the real estate market. If you are selling or renting a home it may be worth the investment.

Note: Stainless steel is harder to keep clean than a white, black, or bisque colored refrigerator. You can keep a pack of stainless steel cleaning wipes around to wipe down the appliance once a week.

How much does a French door refrigerator cost?

A French door Refrigerator costs $1,300 to $3,500. This French Door Refrigerator from Maytag is at the lower end of the price spectrum at $1,399.00. At this cost, you can find a black, white, or bisque colored refrigerator. Some French door refrigerators will have the refrigerator on the right side and a smaller freezer section available on the left side of the unit. Many French door refrigerators are designed to have both doors open up to the refrigerator with a pullout freezer at the bottom.

How much does a bottom freezer refrigerator cost with French doors?

Bottom freezer refrigerators cost $1,300 to $3,500, the same as French door refrigerators. Here is the main reason why: Bottom freezer refrigerators and French door refrigerators often combine their features in the same refrigerator. More often than not, they do. The most popular refrigerators have the French door refrigerator doors on top with a bottom drawer freezer. The exception comes with bottom freezer refrigerators that don't have the French doors.

Bottom freezer refrigerators are becoming wildly popular. Freezers are used a lot less than refrigerators. In addition, Americans are a tall people. It just makes sense to have all of the refrigerator space up top. It cuts down on a lot of bending over and squatting. It's no fun to have to do that when all you wanted was a glass of juice!

Bottom Freezer, Standard Door Refrigerator

A bottom-mount refrigerator like this unit from Whirlpool will cost $800 to $1,200. This will have an old fashioned door single door that opens from one side. It's not the latest and greatest "French Door Design" but it will save you a bunch of cash. If you're on a budget than this may be a wise choice.

How much does it cost to fix a refrigerator?

It's always something. Isn't it? At least it feels that way when an appliance breaks. You've got your monthly budget established and something breaks. Well, don't despair. You don't have to spend $800 to $2,000 on that new appliance yet! Maybe all you need is a new part that will get you up and running again, quickly and inexpensively. It could be a simple fix.

It will cost $65 to $85 per hour to hire a professional to repair your refrigerator. It should take one to two hours to fix most problems. It can save you a lot of money to have a repairman fix your problem. In any case, it will buy you time to save for the cost of a new unit.

Common Problems with refrigerators:

  • Refrigerator freezes food
  • Refrigerator rattles or leaks
  • Refrigerator door does not seal
  • Refrigerator Runs but Doesn't Cool
  • Refrigerator Rattles
  • Refrigerator Leaks

Refrigerator Repair Services

If your refrigerator is over five years old you may need a new unit. It may be wise to just buy a new one rather than pay to have it fixed. You can, at least, get the refrigerator checked out for free! That's the smart thing to do. Get free quotes to repair your refrigerator from local appliance repair companies. You can compare advice from three professionals and see if the problem is worth fixing. Start now!

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