Life expectancy of a refrigerator
The life expectancy of their refrigerator is a mystery to many consumers. Anyone who knows and cares can increase the life of the device.
How long does a refrigerator last on average?
A blanket statement about the life of refrigerators can not be made. Whether devices require replacement after 5 or 15 years depends heavily on the respective use and care behavior.
The fact is, built-in appliances such as refrigerators, tumble dryers, ovens and washing machines have a shorter life expectancy than ten years ago. This is confirmed by a study by the Federal Environmental Agency. On average, the consumer replaces these devices after 13 years.
New techniques and ways to save energy are one reason for the shorter life expectancy of home appliances. Consumers like to exchange a power guzzler for a new and energy-saving device. The so-called planned obsolescence on the part of the manufacturers is also a reason for faster wear.
Extending the life expectancy of refrigerators?
In fact, it is possible to extend the life expectancy of refrigerators. Those who care for their equipment regularly and carefully benefit from a longer service life.
For reasons of hygiene alone, it is important to clean the refrigerator at regular intervals. To do this, disconnect the device from the power supply, empty it completely and remove any components such as drawers and shelves. Then clean the body with water and detergent and dry it. Clean the installation parts by hand or in the dishwasher. Separate disinfection of the refrigerator is not necessary in the home.
Important: Do not forget the rubber seals when cleaning. Otherwise, a soiled seal may stick to the refrigerator cabinet and rip. With a broken seal, the unit also has to over-cool, increasing energy consumption and electricity costs. Therefore check the seals regularly and replace brittle parts.
An integrated freezer compartment should also be emptied, defrosted and cleaned on a regular basis. This ensures that the unit operates in an energy-saving and correct manner during freezing.
Improved service life
Proper care increases the life of refrigerators. Note for tenants: If a device has exceeded its lifetime, the landlord is not obliged to replace it.
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