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The buying process of home appliances is very time consuming and tiring: you need to collect a great deal of information, compare prices, hold out for promotions, and spend a large sum of money. But it has to be done.
Even if you wash the dishes by hand to avoid buying a dishwasher, or reheat your food on the stove so that you don’t have to buy a microwave, you will still definitely need a refrigerator – according to CNN, the refrigerator is the most commonly owned appliance (present in nearly 100% of American homes), with 1 in every 4 American homes having two of them.
The average life expectancy for a standard refrigerator is about 17 years. That’s pretty great if you take into consideration the fact that this appliance is running 24 hours a day, does not take one single day off, and is constantly being opened and closed.
However, to achieve this expected longevity (or perhaps even exceed it), correct use and proper maintenance are required.
In this article, we will discuss 7 ways in which you might be unknowingly killing your refrigerator, so that you can avoid those expensive fridge repair costs that will make you wonder if you should just buy a new one even if your currently broken refrigerator has only been used for eight or nine years.