Asked on Dec 20, 2018

Are vintage refrigerators energy hogs or not?

DjdEbbjdlNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA


Some people on this website asked about getting their vintage frigs fixed. One person was using a screwdriver to break ice away and put a hole in the coils leaking Freon out. Wanted to know where they can get frig fixed. Multiple people told her to throw out frig and get a new one, cause it is an energy hog. Just like some comments on this subject. Especially ones that posted to her to get rid of frig...

6 answers
  • Nancy Turner
    on Dec 20, 2018

    Unless you have an energy efficient fridge, you have an energy hog. The older the fridge, the more electricity it takes to run it. Just about every year they come out with new models that are more energy efficient than the last models.

  • How vintage? Since I am in the suburbs of a major metropolitan city, I can find someone to fix almost anything. Is it worth it? Depends what you want. Yes the older models can be energy hogs. I am more into fixing than tossing, unless you really notice a difference in your electric bill. One of the best refrigerators I ever had was an old 1930's model and I regret selling it. A new, decent energy efficient refrigerator isn't cheap. Don't let others influence you, go with your gut. If your old one can be fixed and last long enough to save for a new one, then go for it.

  • Ebbjdl
    on Dec 20, 2018

    Djd, I'd say no, a refrigerator was purchased in 1954, and its still running. This was purchased new for my husbands milk, when he was a baby. Aloha!

  • Djd
    on Dec 20, 2018

    These frigs are not energy hogs, you guys are 100 percent wrong. These frigs are. From days when houses had max power of 60 amps. Could not be energy hogs cause the power was not at the houses. Today we're at standard 200 amps. These frigs get rated energy hogs, cause door seals are rotted out, that can be easily replaced, they're put in heat soaked garages, lake cottages, where AC is turned off, and run all day cause they can't keep up. These frigs I measured run at 3 amps when they kick on. They have a life of 80 plus years to run. I have a 1959 ge frig that my grandma gave me. Looks new, I have it right off my kitchen as a second frig. Thing is cool looking and has out ran the most expensive frigs I bought. I'm tired of people calling these frigs energy hogs, repeating what other people say. 70s 80's frigs are terrible on energy, while different setup then these basic systems.

  • Djd
    on Feb 10, 2019

    Anymore green minds want to chime in, and tell me and everyone to get rid of vintage refrigerators cause they are energy hogs. Pre 1960's, Bring it on..... If you guys have one, and it don't work, Call an antique dealer, They will pick it up and pay you for it, cause they know what they bring in if they work and look good. Don't repurpose them like other green minds would do, get them fixed or sell to those who will fix them and make them run...

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