Typically, people tend to replace like for like, however, few people realise the extent of products that are available. With a move towards a more sustainable life and greener future, Propane (Gas) appliances are gaining popularity for a variety of reasons.
However, there are many factors to consider when choosing between gas and electrical appliances, especially where fridges are concerned.
The money that is spent on replacing a fridge is often an issue and it is one of the main differences between gas and electrical fridges. The price tag will inevitably also be affected by the model that is chosen as well as the brand, and this must also be considered.
In addition, it will also depend on the availability in the household’s direct location, vendors, whether there are sales, and fees of technicians if there are installations to be done. Gas fridges tend to cost more than electrical ones, and this is as result of electricity costing more than gas. It may sound like a paradox, but it is not.
Electrical fridges have lower initial prices as they will cost the user more to maintain overall via the utility bills, however, gas fridges cost more initially than they cost to maintain. It is therefore imperative to consider your household’s unique requirements as buying gas frequently could lead to higher costs than it would have amounted to in buying an electric fridge.
Safety is always a key consideration when people hear the word “gas” forgetting that electrical appliances pose just as many safety risks if appliances are misused, abused, or not maintained according to the manufacturer specifications, or when there is damage to an appliance.
Both electric and gas appliances, regardless of their type, can be hazardous given the right conditions. Electrical fridges have wiring and parts that may cause electrocution if they are tampered with or installed without prior expert knowledge. Gas fridges require a gas line/gas bottle and need proper ventilation to ensure that, if the gas line is damaged, there is no poisoning, explosions, or fire.
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The decision between an electric and a gas fridge will depend on what and where it will be used, the capacity needed, and the household’s unique, overall requirements. However, some other considerations include:
- If you want to live more sustainably and invest in ways to go off the grid, buy a gas fridge.
- If you prefer seldom appliance repair and long-lasting units, consider a gas fridge.
- If you cannot put down a large initial amount on a reliable brand of a gas fridge, consider an electric fridge.
- If you are worried about consistency in reliable electricity from the utility company or frequent unplanned interruptions, consider a gas fridge.
Any appliance, regardless of the type, will require that you draw up a pros and cons list based on your households needs, requirements, and expectations.