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Coping With a Failed Fridge - How to Quickly Replace Your Refrigerator

January 12, 2024

A refrigerator is an essential appliance in any household, keeping food fresh and drinks cold. But when it suddenly stops working, it can be a major inconvenience. In this article, we will discuss how to quickly replace your refrigerator and get your kitchen back up and running.

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Determine If You Need a New Refrigerator

Whether you're dealing with poor performance or your refrigerator just isn't running altogether the first step to take is to determine if your refrigerator can be fixed or if you need a new refrigerator.

To determine if a fridge can be fixed or needs to be replaced, you can follow these steps:

  • Check for poor performance: If your fridge is not cooling properly, not maintaining the desired temperature, or if you notice any other performance issues, it may be a sign that it needs to be replaced.
  • Assess the age of the fridge: Consider the age of your refrigerator. If it is more than 10-15 years old, it may be more cost-effective to replace it rather than repair it, as older appliances tend to have more frequent and expensive repairs.
  • Evaluate the repair cost: Get an estimate from a professional technician on the cost of repairing the fridge. Compare this cost to the price of a new refrigerator. If the repair cost is close to or exceeds the price of a new fridge, it may be more practical to replace it.
  • Consider the frequency of repairs: If your fridge has been experiencing frequent breakdowns or requires repairs often, it may be a sign that it is reaching the end of its lifespan. In such cases, replacing the fridge might be a better long-term solution.

Remember, it is always a good idea to consult with a professional technician to get an accurate assessment of the condition of your fridge and to help you make an informed decision. Read this blog post for more signs your refrigerator is dying.

Where to Purchase a New Refrigerator Quickly

Once you have determined you need a new refrigerator, you may be in a situation where you need to replace it quickly. If you have time, we suggest shopping around and comparing prices before deciding. If you need a new refrigerator ASAP, find a nearby, reputable appliance retailer and shop in person.

If you are in Southern California, Howard's Appliance has several locations that are nearby and fully stocked. View our list of appliance store locations today.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing a New Refrigerator

There are a few things you will want to keep in mind and consider before making a purchase though.


Before purchasing a new refrigerator, make sure to measure the space where it will be placed. You want to ensure that the new fridge will fit in the designated area. There is nothing worse than getting home with your new refrigerator and realizing it does not fit.

Be sure to consider space for the doors to swing open as well.

Choose The Type of Refrigerator You Prefer

There are several types of refrigerators available. We highly recommend choosing a model that is EnergyStar-rated. You will also need to choose between a top-mount refrigerator, bottom-freezer model, French Door style, side-by-side model, or a custom built-in refrigerator. Our complete refrigerator buying guide covers the pros and cons of each if you have time to do more research to decide what will work best for your family.

Determine Your Budget

Before walking into the store, determine your budget. This will help you stay within your means and narrow down your options. If you don't currently have the finances for a new refrigerator, ask about special financing options.

Plan for Delivery

Consider the delivery process. Will the store deliver the fridge to your home? If so, make sure to schedule a delivery time that works for you.

Properly Dispose of the Old Fridge

Once your new refrigerator has been delivered and installed, you will need to properly dispose of the old one. Many stores offer a recycling program for old appliances, so be sure to ask about this option. You can also contact your local waste management company for information on how to dispose of large appliances.

Click here for more advice on how to properly dispose of your old appliances.

Keep Your New Fridge Running Smoothly

Once your new refrigerator is installed, we suggest taking the following actions to ensure your new refrigerator continues to run efficiently for years to come.

  • Temperature Settings: Set the refrigerator and freezer temperatures according to the manufacturer's recommendations. This not only keeps your food fresh but also ensures the appliance operates efficiently.
  • Regular Cleaning: Clean the interior regularly, removing any spills or spoiled food. Clean the condenser coils, located either at the back or beneath the unit, to enhance cooling efficiency.
  • Check Seals and Gaskets: Inspect the door seals and gaskets for any signs of wear or damage regularly. A tight seal is crucial for energy efficiency and temperature regulation.
  • Organize Contents: Organize the contents inside the refrigerator to allow for better airflow. This helps maintain an even temperature and ensures the appliance does not overwork to cool unevenly distributed items.
  • Monitor Temperature with an App (for Smart Refrigerators): If you have a smart refrigerator, use the manufacturer's app to monitor temperature settings and receive alerts for any issues. This ensures you are aware of temperature fluctuations or malfunctions promptly.
  • Regularly Change Water Filters: If your refrigerator has a water and ice dispenser, change the water filter as recommended by the manufacturer. This not only ensures clean water but also maintains the appliance's overall performance.
  • Avoid Overloading: While refrigerators are designed to hold a significant amount of food, overloading can restrict proper airflow and strain the compressor. Be mindful of the recommended capacity.
  • Regular Maintenance Checks: Schedule periodic checks of your refrigerator, especially if it is an older model. Look for any signs of wear, unusual noises, or performance issues, and address them promptly.

Shop at Howard's Appliance in Southern California

Whether you need a new refrigerator quickly or you have time to carefully choose the perfect appliance for your home, the experts at Howard's Appliance are nearby and ready to help you.

Stop into one of our appliance store locations in Corona, Long Beach, Tustin, Agoura Hills, or the surrounding area today to shop in person.

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