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When to retire the refrigerator

FridgeNo appliance can function forever, but refrigerators often seem the exception. Tens of thousands of 20, 30 and even 40-year old refrigerators chug away throughout the country, often kept in garages and basements for extra cold storage. However, these relics rely on outdated technology that wastes energy, and that means wasted money through higher household energy costs.

Appalachian Power customers can save that money by having an old, working, but inefficient refrigerator or freezer picked up for recycling. Appalachian Power provides the labor and transportation at no cost. In fact, participants qualify for a $50 incentive check that’s mailed four to six weeks later.

To participate, call 1-877-691-0025, or visit TakeChargeWV.com/Recycle to schedule a time for a free home pickup.

Look for these five tell-tale signs that it’s time to retire and recycle your old refrigerator:

  1. Accumulation of ice. The freezer area has frozen into a miniature ice cave. Instead of stacking frozen goods in there, you’re shoving them into a hardened snow pack.
  2. Signs of Moisture. Condensation from uneven cooling is dripping along the inner sides of the main refrigerator. 
  3. Broken seal. The rubber gasket lining the door and entrance is cracked and degraded. Cold air leaks out, and the refrigerator has to work harder to keep the temperature lower.
  4. Constantly running motor. See sign three. This is the sound of energy being wasted. Picture dollar bills with wings.
  5. Heat generation. See sign four. The extra strain on the refrigerator motor is generating extra heat that you can feel, and sometimes smell.
Do you really need that old extra fridge? Check it out today, and Appalachian Power could be sending you a check for $50.

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