A big part of your kitchen remodeling project will be treating you and your family to a host of brand new appliances. Below is a guide to buying and properly looking after your new refrigerator — the core of functionality within your kitchen.
What to Consider When Buying a New Fridge
Buying a new fridge is overwhelming, especially considering the sheer number of different brands and models there are. So, how do you make the right decision? Here’s what to keep in mind:
- Size: You probably won’t need to invest in the largest fridge on offer if it’s just you and your partner living at home. Obviously, the bigger the fridge, the heftier the price tag.
- Type: The most popular type of fridge is the bottom-freezer design. These place the refrigerator itself at eye-level, and the freezer portion of the appliance at the bottom. Other options to consider are those fridge types that place the freezer on top — which are often smaller and more economical — and those types with a side-by-side freezer and fridge. Generally, it is a matter of preference and budget constraints.
- Features: Not all fridges have been created equal. Therefore, it’s imperative that you do research into the different features available and decide which ones are the most valuable to you. Some new-age features include temperature controlled drawers and adjustable shelves, allowing you to customize the interior of the appliance to suit your requirements and what is being stored at any given time.
What to Consider When Maintaining Your Fridge
The good news is that refrigerators generally require minimal maintenance over the years. Despite this, the average lifespan for a fridge is between 10 and 20 years, making it a long-term investment. The question is, what can you do to ensure that your trusty fridge operates optimally for as long as possible? Here are some tips:
- Consider taking out a homeowners’ warranty plan: This type of insurance is essentially a safety net for your home. In the event that your fridge requires repairs sooner rather than later, it will cover you for the related expenses.
- Keep it clean: A dirty fridge simply won’t be able to function as well as it should, and this can lead to a costly spike in your energy bills. It is important to keep it clean inside, outside, and underneath. Focus areas should be the coils (which are the aspects of the fridge responsible for efficient cooling), and the base grill.
- Pay attention to door seals: Door seals are more delicate than the majority of your refrigerator’s parts, and they play a huge role in its functionality. As such, you will want to ensure that they are well taken care of. Clean them regularly and lubricate them with a tiny amount of petroleum jelly to avoid them coming away from the fridge doors as a result of too much friction/suction.
You are now fully prepared to invest in, and look after, a new fridge that will tick all of the boxes in your stunning new kitchen. Enjoy!
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