Here are some tips for inspecting a used refrigerator that buyers can use to check out a refrigerator before making a purchase. Buying a used refrigerator can be a great way to save money on the purchase of a refrigerator, but buyers need to make certain that the appliance is in good working order. While it is difficult to know for certain that a used refrigerator is reliable, many potential problems can be spotted quickly.
Make Certain of Fit
Buyers should know the maximum space that they have available for the refrigerator, this is especially important with a used model as returns are typically not accepted. Buyers should measure and note the width, depth, and height of the area where they want the refrigerator and take the measurements and a tape measure with them when inspecting the used refrigerator.
Check Out the Coils
Dirt, grime, and other material on refrigerator coils will reduce the efficiency of the cooling, which means the motor will have to run longer to cool the refrigerator. Clean coils may only mean that the seller cleaned them before selling, but dirty ones are a sign that the coils have been neglected. A refrigerator operated with constantly dirty coils will have a shorter life span than one that is kept clean.
Inspect the Gasket
Buyers should inspect the fit and appearance of the door gasket. Gaskets should not be torn, twisted, or otherwise out of shape to assure that they make a tight seal. Gaskets can be replaced and are not too expensive, but if they need replaced this should lower the price of the used refrigerator.
Listen to It Run
Whenever possible listen to the refrigerator motor cycle on and off a few times. Simply opening the door and leaving it open for a few moments should get the motor to come on as warm air enters the refrigerator. The temperature knob can also be turned to a colder setting to get the motor to kick on. The refrigerator should start and stop smoothly (without a noticeable shudder that shakes the refrigerator) and run smoothly.
Check Lights, Drawers, and Other Features
Press in the light control to make sure that the light turns off when the door closes. Open and close all the drawers to make sure they fit and work. If the refrigerator has other features (water, ice maker, etc.) buyers should be able to see them run. Inspect the electrical cord for damage, the cord can be replaced inexpensively but the cord needs inspected for safety before using the refrigerator.