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How long do refrigerators last?

If you want to have a cool summer, you'll need a working fridge. And since Asurion Experts are certified and experienced with every major appliance, they know how to help you get the most out of yours. Here they share common warning signs that your refrigerator may be in need of repair or replacement.

What is the average refrigerator life span?

With typical use and maintenance, the average life span of a refrigerator is about 10 years. Keep in mind, though, that's just the average: Your fridge's life span could be longer, or shorter, depending on how you take care of it, what type of fridge you own, and how often you use it. A mini fridge may not last as long as a full-sized fridge, for example—and one you use every day or leave open often is likely to die sooner than one with little wear or tear.

How to tell if your refrigerator is about to die

Worried your refrigerator will suddenly stop working? A broken fridge is sure to spoil both your mood and your food, so don't let one catch you by surprise. If your refrigerator shows the following symptoms, you should find a refrigerator repair expert—or a new fridge—ASAP.

Visible sweating or condensation

If your refrigerator has visible condensation on the exterior, check to see if the rubber seal has water droplets or indications of mold. While temporary sweating may not be a concern, long-term sweating will lead to mildew or mold, which means there's a persistent problem.

Excessive heat from the back

It's normal for the back of your refrigerator to be warm, but if it feels hot to the touch, something is wrong with the coils.

Your fridge isn't as cold as it should be

This is perhaps the most obvious indication that your refrigerator isn't running properly. If food spoils more quickly than it should, your fridge feels warm internally, or you notice that items you put into it are not staying cold, you have a problem—and one that can be dangerous. If you store your food at improper temperatures, it can make you sick. Eggs, for instance, should last three to five weeks, steak should last just three to five days, and chicken goes bad after one to two.

Your freezer accumulates ice

If your freezer has deposits of ice on your food even after running a defrost cycle, try unplugging the fridge and then plugging it back in. If the problem persists, it's a sign that your refrigerator isn't functioning properly.

Should I repair or replace my refrigerator?

If you notice any issues with your fridge, get help as soon as possible. You can resolve many fridge-related issues if you take care of them right away. But if you don't, they can snowball and cause other crucial components of your cooling system to break down. The longer you let the problems linger, the more likely you'll need to replace your appliance.

If your refrigerator repair requires numerous costly new components or it is close to the end of its life span, you may be better off buying a new one. In the long run, doing so could save you time and money.

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