Buying A Used Fridge? 5 Important Things To Consider First

Buying a fridge can be a daunting experience on its own and buying a used fridge will always leave you with questions.

A used refrigerator can be a wise financial choice, but it also requires extensive research because there are so many different brands.

With that said, in this article, we’ll discuss some points to consider when buying a used fridge. These factors can help potential owners make an informed buying decision.

Ready? Let’s dive in!

Benefits of Buying a Used Fridge

Purchasing a used refrigerator has several benefits. Cost savings is one of the main advantages. If you’re willing to look at older models, used refrigerators can be much less expensive than new ones.

Another benefit is that you can frequently find high-quality brands and models that might not be available anymore or might be too expensive to buy new.

Purchasing a used refrigerator can also help the environment by reducing waste and keeping old appliances out of landfills.

If you’re on a tight budget, you might also be able to bargain for a lower price when purchasing a used fridge.

And finally, buying a used fridge can be a smart move if you only need a temporary fix or are unsure of how long you’ll stay in your current residence.

Do Older Fridges Still Have Warranties?

Yes, warranties do indeed apply. Whether the products are brand-new, “seconds,” or used, consumer guarantees still apply. 

Ask the potential seller if the refrigerator is still covered by a warranty before anything else. You should not only ask the seller for the warranty; you should also double-check the warranty if it’s still void by looking at the paperwork or contacting the manufacturer.

If the fridge is out of warranty or close to being out, you do take your chance of the fridge becoming faulty. This is something you can use to negotiate a lower price with the seller.

How To Tell if Fridge is Worn Out

A faulty thermostat, compressor, or worn-out seals are the tell-tale signs that a refrigerator needs to be repaired.

  • By increasing the temperature by one degree and waiting for the machine to turn on automatically, you can determine whether the thermostat is working properly. If the thermostat won’t turn on, there could be a technical issue inside the refrigerator.
  • When the refrigerator is turned on, listen for unusual or loud noises to determine if the compressor is malfunctioning.
  • A $1 bill or a small piece of paper will get stuck between the refrigerator’s gasket and door when the door is closed on it. Pull the paper out gradually. If you don’t feel any tension as you do this, the gasket may already be weak or broken. Around the entire length of the gasket, repeat this test.

A fridge gasket can be replaced for around $100.

It is best to look for another used refrigerator if you think the compressor and thermostat are defective. The thermostat and compressor replacement costs too much.

Are Older Fridges More Reliable Than New Fridges

Although there is no hard evidence that older appliances are more durable than new ones, it does seem that older appliances were more reliable and built to last.

They were built with reasonably priced and, possibly more importantly, repairable parts. In reality, appliances from the 1970s typically last 20 to 30 years. Appliances were typically simple to fix if they broke.

Lifespan of Fridges

The average refrigerator is made to last between 10 and 20 years.

Repairing faulty thermostats and broken door seals is worthwhile and changing worn seals can partially restore the cooling capacity of an older refrigerator.

Consider replacing your refrigerator if it is more than six years old and experiences a serious problem (like a compressor failure), as a new one will be more effective and cost less to operate.


There are a few things to consider when buying a used fridge. Start by examining the fridge’s overall state, paying particular attention to the doors, seals, and handles.

To keep the cold air inside, check that the refrigerator is not leaking and that the doors are properly sealed.

Next, think about the fridge’s size and whether it will fit in the designated space and satisfy your storage requirements.

To make sure the fridge will fit through doors and into the desired location, be sure to measure the width, depth, and height of the appliance.

Asking the seller about the fridge’s past and any potential problems is a good idea. Finally, take into account the fridge’s energy efficiency.

Older models may not be as energy efficient as newer models, which could result in higher energy costs.

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