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Angie's List: Buying a new Refrigerator

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Undated (WXOW) – When large appliances, like the refrigerator, don't operate properly or break down, homeowners often face a difficult decision: do I repair or replace it?

"A good rule of thumb on whether to repair or replace your refrigerator is to consider how old your refrigerator is," said Angie's List, Angie Hicks.  "If it's more than ten years old and it's broken down you might want to consider a new one especially if the cost for repairing it is half the cost a new refrigerator."

Experts say your refrigerator is the most used appliance in the kitchen.  If it's older and inefficient, chances are it's using a lot of energy.

When buying a large appliance Angie's List suggest comparison shop.   Don't be afraid to negotiate on the price, or haggle on additional fees such as delivery, installation or an extended warranty.  You could also find a scratch and dent refrigerator for hundreds less.

Most are brand new and come with a full warranty.  Some dings are barely noticeable, but make sure the dents won't prevent the appliance from running properly.

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