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Before Throwing That Old Refrigerator Out

By Jake Crowley

It does not look like it used to. Not everything may work properly, inside. It could be freezing up and not properly cooling. What are you going to do with the old refrigerator? You might try to repair it. You can buy a new one. You might fix it and purchase a new one. Put the old one in the basement or family room. You may trash the old and when you buy a new one.

A new one

This is not a difficult solution. However, it may be difficult if you do not have the funds. Until major appliances become free, you will have to find a way to pay for them. It might be a good time to consider fixing the old unit. Maybe it will last for another year or so. You could repair the old and sell it. This may be enough for a down payment on a new unit.

You can check with several appliance retailers. You may be able to get six months or one year without interest. If you can afford the payments, this is similar to an interest free loan. Keep in mind, the small print. You may make a late payment or fail to pay the balance in the specified time. All of your interest will then be added to your account. This will go back to day one.

Fixing the old

Many repairs on older fridges are not too difficult or expensive. This depends on what is wrong. The repair may be surprisingly simple and cost effective. Here is one example to consider.

Evaporator fan motor

This repair is just under your freezer in older units. You will find it simple to get to. The evaporator fan blows air over the coils. If it stops, your fridge may freeze up and stop working. The coils may freeze into a large block of ice.

Check to see if the fan motor is working. Turn the appliance on. With the cover off, look to see if the fan is turning. Does everything else seem to be fine? If everything but the fan seems to work, consider replacing the motor. Unplug the fridge first.

You may need to defrost the area before working on it. You can do this with an electric hair dryer. You can also let it set while off, if you have the time. Make sure and empty the drain pan under the unit. You will get a lot of water. Make sure that it does not overflow onto the floor.

Take the old fan motor out of the freezer unit. Bring it to an appliance parts shop. Make sure that you have the model number of the fridge. Have the shop check the motor. If it is bad, you can buy a new one. It will not take much to replace it. The motor may be a universal part. You may have to make slight modifications to make it fit. Your problem may now be solved.


Your old refrigerator may have seen its better day. You have a decision. You will need to repair or replace it. Do you have the money for a new one? Check for special financing deals, like no interest options. Your only choice may be to fix the old unit. Check you local library and online sources for repair information. The cost may be minimal.

Jake Crowley is a blogger. He has interesting refrigerator articles in his blog such as compact refrigerator reviews and recommendations for the best stainless steel refrigerator, best top freezer refrigerator and so on.

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