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My refrigerator is very old, but still works fine. Is it worth it to replace it with a new, ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator? If I get a new refrigerator, what should I do with my old one? It still works - should I recycle it or donate it? Follow

When upgrading to a new refrigerator or freezer, there are three things that you should consider:

 

First, how old is your refrigerator/freezer? While your old refrigerator may still look good and work well, if it is more than 15 years old, it's more than likely using a significant amount of energy -- in fact, more than twice the energy of a new ENERGY STAR qualified model. In addition, since refrigerant wears out and seals start to leak over time, the unit's performance will start to suffer as well.

 

Second, how much are you paying to keep this refrigerator running? Replacing your old refrigerator with a new one that has earned the ENERGY STAR could save you more tan $270 over the next 5 years. Enter your refrigerator configuration, model year and size into the Flip Your Fridge Calculator to get a better idea of the relative operating cost of your current model in comparison to a new ENERGY STAR certified model.

Lastly, what's the right way to dispose of your old refrigerator? If it is more than 15 years old then you should definitely recycle it. Properly recycling your refrigerator prevents the release of refrigerants and foams that contribute to climate change. Here are 4 Ways to recycle your old refrigerator.

Visit www.energystar.gov/refrigerators to learn more.

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