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9 Signs You Need to Replace Your Fridge

Bob Vila Logo By Glenda Taylor of Bob Vila | Slide 1 of 10: <p>An outdated fridge uses excessive amounts of electricity as it tries to maintain a suitable temperature. Homeowners can plug in an energy usage monitor between the fridge and the outlet to determine how much wattage the fridge is drawing and estimate monthly utility costs. Some utility companies lend the monitors to <a href="https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/8-things-new-homeowners-waste-money-on-49075?#.WRYdMFMrJE4">homeowners</a>, or you can pick one up for less than $20 at a home store. </p>

The refrigerator is a major investment and an absolute necessity. If you splurge for a high-quality model, this household staple can last as many as 10 to 15 years, but eventually every fridge will reach the end of its life span. Learn the warning signs of a dying fridge so you can be ready when it needs to be replaced, potentially saving yourself from spoiled milk, rotten leftovers, and the stress of making a rushed purchase. Here are 9 signs it’s time to replace your refrigerator.

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