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5 Things You Need to Know About Buying a Used Refrigerator

These tips will help you select a used fridge and get the best performance from it

Buying a Used RefrigeratorNew appliances can be very expensive, especially if you want a model with all the latest technology and features. Buying used can be an excellent way to save money while still getting a quality appliance, provided you are a savvy shopper. Here are 5 things you’ll need to know about buying a used refrigerator.

The Fridge Must Fit Your Space

Before you start looking at used fridges, measure your current fridge and/or the available space you have for a fridge in your kitchen. Also consider which direction you would like the doors to open. This will prevent you from wasting time looking at units that don’t meet your needs.

Does the Fridge Run?

Unfortunately, most of the time when you are buying a new fridge the units will not be plugged in and running, so you can’t know for sure that you’re getting a quality unit. While used appliance dealers may offer a guarantee on everything they sell, if you’re dealing with an individual seller you may not have this option. At a bare minimum, check that the fridge motor runs by plugging it in before you seal the deal.

Availability and Cost of Parts

When buying a used appliance, it is important to know what kinds of repair and maintenance costs you may be facing down the line. You may think you’re getting a deal by purchasing a brand name fridge like a Sub Zero for cheap, but remember that top of the line refrigerators typically have expensive parts, so if the fridge turns out to need major repairs a few years after you buy it, your deal may not have been so great after all. Also watch out for old or rare models, as parts for these fridges may be hard to come by and result in delays in the refrigerator repair process in the future.

Initial Cool Down Takes Time

When you take your fridge home for the first time, it can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours for it to cool down to the desired temperature. So don’t immediately panic and assume you’ve been sold a lemon if your fridge isn’t cool within a few hours.

Consider Professional Service

If you’ve purchased your used fridge from a dealer who reconditions used appliances before selling them, it should be in good condition already. But if you have bought from an individual, the fridge may not be at the top of its game. Consider calling American Appliance Repair for refrigerator maintenance services. We can inspect the unit, clean condenser coils, replace door seals, and perform other maintenance tasks that will help you get the best possible energy efficiency and performance from your unit.

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