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Angie's List: Buying a Refrigerator

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If your refrigerator is performing poorly, it may be on the fritz. Now is a good time to be on lookout for deals as stores will be making way for new models before the end of the year. In today's Angie's List report, KULR 8's Emily Nantz tells you what to consider when buying a refrigerator.

Adam Clinton remodeled his kitchen and updated his eight year old refrigerator.

"One of the most important features for us is the external ice maker and water feature because the kids are always coming in and out and we did not want them in and out of the fridge when they want a drink of water," says Adam.

Your refrigerator is the most used appliance in the kitchen. If it's older and inefficient, chances are it's using a lot of energy.

"A good rule of thumb on whether to repair or replace your refrigerator is to consider how old your refrigerator is. If it's more than ten years old and it's broken down you might want to consider a new one especially if the cost for repairing it is half the cost of a new refrigerator," says Angie Hicks, founder.

When buying, make sure you decide on the features you want or you could end up paying for lots of bells and whistles you may never use. Also, make sure it matches your current appliances -- that is going to help with your resale value.

"Stainless steel is probably the number one seller. They have several stainless finishes now. Some of them show less fingerprints and stuff. True stainless steel is not an easy material to keep clean, especially if you have small children, but it's probably our number one seller," says Vernon Schmidt, an appliance store manager.

Remember just because it's new doesn't mean it's better.

"There are a lot more things that can go wrong with a new one because of the electronics, but some use a ton of energy with them. Along with that you are getting better temperatures in different sections of your unit so your crisper is keeping a more precise temperature. Your refrigerator is overall is keeping more precise temperatures than the older ones. You don't have the big fluctuation so your food stays better longer," says Schmidt.

When buying a refrigerator, it pays to comparison shop then don't be afraid to negotiate on price including additional fees such as delivery, installation and extended warranty.

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