When you first notice your refrigerator isn’t working, it’s natural to immediately wonder how much it will cost to get it fixed. This answer will depend greatly on the brand and the type of refrigerator that you own. Generally speaking, the more expensive the refrigerator, the more expensive the repair will be. A refrigerator repair cost will typically range between $150-400, although built-in units can cost as much at $1,000+.
There are three components of refrigerator repair costs:
- Service call fee (incurred when they technician comes out to your location to inspect the problem)
- Cost of parts
- Cost of the technician’s time (labor)
How Much Does Refrigerator Repair Cost?
On average, the total cost of refrigerator repair will range from $150-400. If it’s an icemakerice makerthose repair costs average from $250-330. Repairs can cost more or less than those ranges, depending on the specific issue(s).
One of the most common reasons for refrigerator repair is the refrigerator’s cooling system. A faulty compressor will result in the refrigerator not cooling properly, but it could also be a lot of other problems. Other issues that may result in poor or no cooling include:
- Defroster motor.
- Evaporator Fan.
- Blocked Refrigerator Air Vent.
Repair or Replace the Refrigerator?
When your refrigerator is broken, it can be difficult to decide whether to repair or replace the unit. The cost and age of the refrigerator will be a major factor in your decision.
If the repair is under $400, it is more cost effective to make the repair. In general, a refrigerator under 10-years old can typically be repaired for less than the cost of a replacement, although Consumer Reports offers this advice when it comes to this decision:
- Built-in refrigerators are worth repairing;
- Side-by-sides should be repaired within a 5-year window and considered for repair after that;
- Bottom-freezers should be repaired within 7-years and considered for repair after that;
- Top-freezers should be repaired within 3 years, considered for repair within 3 to 6, and replaced if 7 years old or older.
We know that getting your refrigerator repaired can be stressful, but we’re here to help you! If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment for a service call, don’t hesitate to contact us!