Refrigerator Types that we Repair in Nairobi

Refrigerator Types that we Repair in Nairobi

This article is about the refrigerator types that are common on in Nairobi Homes and Businesses. These are the types of refrigerators that our technicians encounter most during their fridge repair services undertakings.

With regular technological developments, many different types of refrigerators have come into the market, offering you numerous options to choose from. Here we are going to discuss the different types of refrigerators that you must look into before buying the perfect one for you.

Following are the different types of refrigerators, a factor that plays a major role in deciding which refrigerator is best suited for you and your home.

Top-freezer Refrigerator Type

A top-freezer refrigerator is the classic refrigerator design that has been in the market for a long time. These have the freezer on their upper part and since the freezer is far from the compressor, located on the bottom side of the refrigerator, it keeps the heat out and helps in keeping the unit cool without much effort. It also makes the top freezer refrigerator more energy-efficient.

Advantages

  1. a) It’s more energy-efficient
  2. b) It’s cheaper
  3. c) More usable space for fresh food

Disadvantages

  1. a) It comes in very few modern designs

Bottom-freezer Refrigerator Type

As opposed to the top freezer refrigerator, the bottom freezer refrigerator has its freezer located on the bottom side. These refrigerators come in various designs. The bottom freezer refrigerator is best for those who store a greater amount of frozen food compared to fresh food. The freezer door even comes in a drawer design and also has many built-in organizers offering more space for food. These refrigerators are a bit expensive than the top freezer refrigerators and are not a good fit for those who don’t like to bend down every time they need something from the freezer.

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bottom freezer refrigrator repair nairobi

Advantages

  1. a) Numerous modern designs to choose from
  2. b) It has built-in organizers
  3. c) The fridge section is at eye level

d)Bigger freezer space

Disadvantages

  1. a) It’s more expensive

 

Side-by-side Refrigerator type

The side-by-side refrigerators are best for those who use fresh and frozen food equally and need ample space for both types of food. These refrigerators have vertical refrigerators and freezers located right next to each other. The side-by-side refrigerators are slim-styled and don’t need much space to open wide doors. The shelves are narrow and thus don’t have enough space to store large portions of food. Most models of these refrigerators have external water and ice dispenser features. Though the side-by-side refrigerators are budget-friendly, they are not much energy-efficient.

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side by side refrigerator repair nairobi

Advantages

  1. a) Ample space for fresh and frozen food both
  2. b) Slim doors don’t take much space to open

Disadvantages

  1. a) It has narrow shelves so it’s impossible to store large portions
  2. b) They are not much energy-efficient

 

French door Refrigerator Type

With the freezer on the bottom and two refrigerator doors opening outward, the french door refrigerators are the latest in trend with modern designs. Most models have one or two freezer drawers with organized shelves located on the bottom. Opening both refrigerator doors together makes everything inside clearly visible, and opening one door at a time prevents the cold air from escaping. The french door refrigerator comes with large storage space for both fresh food and frozen food. The movable bins and trays of the refrigerator help in rearranging the layout of the refrigerator. These are expensive but energy-efficient with a variety of designs, colors, and finish.

french door fridge refrigerators in Kenya
french door fridge refrigerators in Kenya

Advantages

  1. a) They have wider shelves and larger bins
  2. b) Less clearance required for opening the refrigerator doors
  3. c) They come in aesthetic designs

Disadvantages

  1. a) Less energy-efficient
  2. b) They have a bottom freezer drawer
  3. c) More expensive

Counter-depth Refrigerator type

The counter-depth refrigerators come in designs and depths that fit perfectly in your kitchen. They usually have the same storage space as any other type of refrigerator but they generally don’t stick out more than 1 or 2 inches past the cabinets and counters in the kitchen. These compact refrigerators give a look of built-in refrigerators and are best for tight kitchen spaces. The counter-depth refrigerators come in four main styles namely top freezer, bottom freezer, side-by-side, and french door. These refrigerators have less storage space for frozen and fresh foods compared to standard-depth refrigerators. Also, counter-depth refrigerators are expensive than other refrigerators.

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under counter depth refrigerator repair nairobi

Advantages

  1. a) They are wider than standard-depth refrigerators
  2. b) Compact and seamless design

Disadvantages

  1. a) They are more expensive
  2. b) They are not as deep as the standard refrigerators

Mini Refrigerator type

Mini refrigerators or compact refrigerators are small in size compared to the standard refrigerators and are best suited for small kitchens, rec rooms, offices, etc. These refrigerators come in different configurations and sizes with different designs like double doors, separate freezer compartments, glass front doors, etc. Some models of the mini refrigerator are designed to be set up within cabinets while some are freestanding. These also have shelves to help you organize your food items.

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mini fridge rerigerator repair nairobi

Advantages

  1. a) They are smaller, lighter, and portable
  2. b) Less power consumption
  3. c) Can be stored in unused corners of rooms

Disadvantages

  1. a) Limited storage for foods
  2. b) Sometimes these refrigerators don’t have a freezer

 

Smart Refrigerator type

Smart refrigerators or internet refrigerators are the latest models of refrigerators available in the market. These can be connected to the internet and controlled with smart devices like phones, tablets, etc. You can see the contents inside the refrigerator on smart devices, send and receive notes, make calendar entries that appear on the refrigerator screen, get alarm notifications when the door is left open for a long time. Smart refrigerators are more energy efficient but expensive than the other refrigerator types. Currently, only a few companies manufacture smart refrigerators with varying features.

Advantages

  1. a) Connectivity with refrigerator screen and smart devices
  2. b) Extreme comfort and ease of use

Disadvantages

  1. a) Expensive compared to other refrigerators
  2. b) High maintenance

Built-in Refrigerator  type

Built-in Refrigerators are unique in a couple of different ways. First, they need to be built into a fitted cabinet space and secured on all sides. They weigh as much as a Fiat 500 (mid 2000 pounds) and are as tall as Shaquille O’Neal (7’1”) but they give the kitchen a more professional feel and typically a cleaner aesthetic with its integration into a kitchen’s cabinetry. Secondly, most built-in refrigerators will have their compressors on the top of the machine, rather than on the bottom as-is typical for traditional refrigerators. Also worth noting, generally, built-in refrigerators are going to be only be counter depth and won’t extend deep into the kitchen floor plan.

 

Freestanding Refrigerator type

 

In contrast to the large, commercial style stature of the built-in refrigerators above, freestanding fridges are going to be slid into a cavity that can be surrounded by cabinetry but will not be secured to it.

 

Freestanding Refrigerator type

Freestanding refrigerators historically have been described “in the industry” by where the freezer is built on the refrigerator. There are four basic types of freestanding refrigerators, as illustrated above:

The Bottom Mount, with the freezer at the base of the unit

The Top Mount, which is the most traditional and well known

The Side by Side with the freezer portion on one side and the refrigerator on the other

The French Door refrigerator, with two doors on the top followed by some configuration of drawers on the bottom. These drawers can be all freezer or part freezer and part refrigerator

 

Under counter Refrigerator type:

Under counter refrigeration is going to be more compact and useful for space saving opportunities. Refrigerator units in this category can be installed underneath a countertop and can be as compact as 15” wide for those extremely tight galley kitchens who want to utilize as much space as they can in their kitchen. Compact refrigeration comes with various internal configurations, which can be great to add to an already amazing kitchen design. These configurations range from a beverage center to a wine reserve or even a beer dispenser. Some brands, like Perlick, specialize in making the highest quality under counter refrigerator and utilize the highest quality of components to ensure that no matter where it is installed, the temperature will remain consistent. Some manufacturers of under counter refrigerators offer units that can be installed outside which are frequently integrated into larger outdoor kitchen designs which are becoming more and more popular in today’s world.

Repairing an Oven, Is it worth it ?

Deciding if it’s time to repair or replace appliances can be difficult, but there are some general guidelines to help you. Answering these five questions may reveal which option is right for you:

1. How much will the repair cost?
Royce Palmer, president of Columbia Appliance, a retailer in Columbia, Missouri, says you should consider replacing an appliance if the cost to repair it is more than 50 percent of the cost of a new one. The cost and availability of replacement parts is also an important consideration when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances.

“There are times that you have no choice but to replace because the part that is defective is no longer produced,” Palmer says.

But the cost and logistics of installing a new appliance also need to be factored in, says Anthony Arroyo, owner of the repair shop Mr. Appliance of the Tri-Cities in Gray, Tennessee. He says an appliance repair might still be a good option, “as long as it’s a little bit cheaper than a new one,” and if it means avoiding the complex installation of a built-in appliance.

If your machine experiences what Arroyo calls a “catastrophic failure,” requiring huge expenditures in parts and labor to fix, then it’s off to the appliance store you go for a new purchase.

You should consider replacing an appliance if the cost to repair it is more than 50 percent of the cost of a new one. – Royce Palmer, president of Columbia Appliance
2. How old is the appliance?
If you’re deciding when to replace appliances, you can apply the 50 percent rule to the age of your appliances as well as the cost of repairing them, according to HouseLogic, a website of the National Association of Realtors. That would mean replacing an appliance that is more than halfway through its expected life span and requires repair work that’s more than half its original cost. If you go the repair route and are all about the DIY craze, consider that there are some home repairs you should never do yourself.

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How old is too old?
If you’re considering when to replace appliances, use the average life span as a good reference point. According to HouseLogic, the average life span (in years) of common major household appliances is:

Compactor: 6
Dishwasher: 9
Disposal: 12
Dryer: 13
Electric range: 13
Exhaust fan: 10
Freezer: 11
Gas range: 15
Microwave: 9
Range hood: 14
Refrigerator: 13
Washer: 10
“The life span of household appliances varies based on their usage and maintenance,” says Chris Granger, vice president and general manager of Sears Home Services. “For example, a single person’s washing machine will typically last longer than a family’s because it will be used much less.”

When considering an appliance repair or replace, also note whether the appliance is still under warranty and how many times you’ve run into trouble with it. If the appliance is less than a year old, it probably still has a warranty covering parts and labor, so getting it repaired could cost you nothing.

Even if the warranty has expired, you may not want to ditch an appliance the first time something goes wrong. But if the appliance has broken down repeatedly, creating several repair bills over the last few years, it may be time to part ways and consider a replacement.

Appliance repair or replace? That may depend on if it’s time to upgrade to an energy-efficient appliance

3. Do you need a more energy-efficient appliance?
Energy costs are another important factor when deciding whether to repair or replace appliances. If your old appliance has a lower energy-efficiency rating than new models, you might save more money in the long run by switching it out. That bright yellow and black EnergyGuide label attached to all appliances on the sales floor is a useful tool for estimating how much an appliance will cost to operate.

An Energy Star label certifies that the appliance has met an international standard of superior energy efficiency created by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Energy Star-approved clothes washers and refrigerators, for example, use about 20 percent less energy than standard models, according to the Department of Energy.

4. Could better maintenance extend the life of your appliance?
You may be able to put off an appliance repair or replace by adopting a few good maintenance practices.

“On a clothes dryer, for instance, one should check the exhaust vent probably at least once a year, just to make sure the air is flowing properly,” says Palmer of Columbia Appliance. “If they do that, it’s probably going to prolong the life of the dryer.”

Is it time to repair or replace appliances in your home?

Another tip, from Arroyo, is to periodically vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils—located either in the back or across the bottom of the refrigerator—to remove the dust and other debris that can cause the unit to use more electricity to keep cool.

Cleaning your range top and oven is also important if you’re trying to avoid an appliance repair or replace, Granger says.

“Keep the range top burner areas free of food debris so you do not block the flow of gas,” he says. “Clean the oven cavity per the manufacturer’s recommended method, adjusting the frequency based on your usage.”

Running your dishwasher regularly and not overloading your washer and dryer will help those appliances last longer, Granger adds.

When to replace appliances may depend on how important the latest style is to you

5. Are you a stickler for style?
Style preference is a final, and totally personal, point in determining when to replace appliances. If you want a uniform look in your kitchen, you may view your old dishwasher breaking as a signal to get a new one that matches the color and style of the refrigerator you bought a few months ago.

For customers who like coordination, Palmer advises replacing everything at once. If not, “by the time you decide to replace the other items the design may already be changed,” he says.

Repair or replace appliances? Sometimes all you need is a quick fix

When to replace appliances?
The choice to repair or replace appliances is up to you, but checking this list before you decide may help ensure you spend your money wisely and get the results you value most.

So you don’t find yourself in a crunch if an appliance repair or replace catches you by surprise, build up an emergency fund in your online savings account so you’ll be prepared to either fix the old or invest in the brand new.