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What to Consider Before Buying a New Refrigerator

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Refrigerators, like other machines and technologies, have come a long way. There are a number of features to look for, all of which are meant to give your fridge a whole new level of capability. With the endless array of features the salesman will bombard you with, it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed.

While some of these added functionalities are legitimately useful, evaluate them and see which ones matter most. Here are the most crucial ones to think about.

1. Compressor

A refrigerator’s “heart” is the compressor. It distributes the refrigerant throughout the system, increases pressure in the warm circuit, and heats the refrigerant. It’s akin to pumping air into a bicycle tube: when you compress the air, you can feel a heat increase in the pump.

It’s worth mentioning that smaller units are often equipped with general compressors, whereas medium to large units are built with inverter compressors.

A. General Compressors

These compressors begin at high speed and maintain that level throughout their operation. Even when there is no cooling loss, they will continue to operate until the temperature reaches the optimum cold temperature. Refrigerators with this type of compressor require a lot more electricity.

B. Inverter Compressors

Inverter compressors, on the other hand, are adaptive by nature, and their speed differs based on how much cooling the machine requires. They start off slowly and then increase their pace as needed. Units with inverter compressors are more energy-efficient, but they carry a more expensive price tag.

2. Energy Efficiency

This is, without a doubt, one of the most crucial factors to consider. After all, if you’re going to use this appliance for at least a decade, it shouldn’t significantly increase your electricity bill month after month.

The quickest approach to determine whether a model is energy efficient is to look at its energy efficiency factor (EEF). These details are visibly presented on the unit’s energy advice label, a bright yellow sheet of paper. This will make comparing the energy efficiency of various models in a store much easier.

Other helpful information is displayed on this yellow guide label, such as storage capacity, minimum energy performance standard, method of estimating the unit’s running cost, and so on.

Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF)

The Energy Efficiency Factor (EEF) is the large number in the middle of a refrigerator’s energy guide label that indicates how well the fridge uses its electricity to chill its rated storage volume.

A high EEF value indicates that the model is more energy-efficient and so has a reduced running cost. To compare the energy efficiency of identical refrigerator models at a store, use the EEF.

How to Calculate a Model’s Operating Cost

The EEF number will quickly tell you which model is more efficient, but it will not tell you how much it will cost to run that model.

Fortunately, we can use the energy guide label to get the computation we need to estimate a model’s operating costs. The formula is as follows:

Operating Cost per 24 hours = Energy Consumption (kWh/24h) x Energy Cost (Pesos/kWh)

3. Manufacturer’s Warranty

Because most refrigerators have a limited warranty term, it’s a good idea to choose a brand that provides an additional, extended warranty on the appliance, even if it’s not free. Don’t take it for granted; have a long conversation with your dealer about it.

Conclusion:

Overall, you shouldn’t be daunted by the task of purchasing a new refrigerator. You need to take your time and outline your requirements clearly before doing so. From there, it will be easier to find the perfect one for you, your family, and your budget. The next time you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, your odds of making a great purchase will be much higher! For a more detailed blog on refrigerators, check out our Ultimate Guide here!