Refrigerator Buying Guide – How to Pick the Right Refrigerator for Your Needs



In addition to being energy efficient, today’s refrigerators come in a wide variety of styles and designs. Choosing a fridge for your kitchen may seem a little overwhelming, so we’ve created this buying guide to help you make the best choice.

Types of Refrigerators

Bringing home the best fridge requires that you consider the various types from which to choose.


This refrigerator type generally has the fridge on the right and the freezer on the left, with both running vertically from top to bottom. This fridge is best for kitchens with limited space. The doors take up less room than other types.

Freezer on top or bottom

These models feature a freezer on the top and fridge on the bottom or vice versa. They are a good choice for tight spaces, as the doors can swing left or right, depending on the kitchen layout.imgres

Four-door French door

French door refrigerators open to reveal a variety of compartments. They are a good choice for large families, as the average size is 28 cubic feet. They have a
French style door on top; a middle door containing items you use most and a bottom freezer.


When space is tight, a compact refrigerator fits the bill. Such models are good for dorms, family rooms and basement living areas.

Additional Refrigerator Buying Considerations

In addition to the type of fridge you buy, there are a variety of other decisions to make, including the following:

Size and capacity

Choosing the right size refrigerator requires that you measure the available space in your kitchen. When doing so, allow for extra space around the fridge to ensure proper airflow. Also consider the size of your family and the amount of food you generally buy. You don’t want to overfill your fridge, as this can lead to improper cooling. You also want enough room for your frozen goods.

Refrigerator Colors

Today’s fridges come in a wide variety of hues, which makes it possible to choose the perfect color for your décor. Find stainless steel, gray, white, black and even green, orange and red refrigerators.

Additional Features to Look for:

  • Humidity controlled compartments: Such drawers help ensure that your leafy greens and moisture-loving fruits stay hydrated and appetizing.
  • Door alarm. This helps if you have young children in the house who aren’t supposed to be getting into the fridge.
  • Automatic ice and water dispenser. Some refrigerators have the dispensers in the doors, while others are inside.
  • Multiple storage compartments. The more storage nooks and crannies a fridge has the better.

At P.C. Richard & Son, we have a wide selection of refrigerators from which to choose. Come on by and see what we have to offer.


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Whirlpool Introduces the Latest Innovations


Are you looking to update your kitchen appliances? Well, look no further! Whirlpool’s advanced innovation and sophisticated design will bring an intelligent elegance to your kitchen, while keeping up with your every day kitchen needs.

Chill Out

Conquer your ever-changing refrigeration needs with the Whirlpool 28 cu. Ft. 4 Door French Door Refrigerator. With the flexibility to fit more, you can keep everything in its perfect place.  The Easyview Triple Crisper system’s clear and customizable produce drawers and adjustable organization of the Tri-freezer system, provides options that fit more. The exterior FreshStor™ refrigerated drawer has temperature controls and adjustable dividers for customizable and convenient extra space as well. And the interior EasySlide bin is ideal for keeping favorite snacks close at hand!

What’s Cooking

Whirlpool’s induction double oven freestanding range offers the control you crave. This range is designed with innovative features to sense and adapt while cooking. The Accuheat induction technology lets you prepare meals with less time, less energy and more precision.  This technology heats induction-friendly cookware faster, bringing 6 liters of water to a boil in 50% less time! Other features such as the TimeSavor convection cooking system lock in flavor, ensuring just the right taste, every time, and with the Accubake temperature management system, baking has never been easier. Bake to perfection time after time. The temperature management system will provide balanced heat throughout, ensuring cooking results you can count on!

You Cook, We’ll Clean

When you’re done cooking, don’t worry about the dishes… the Whirlpool Gold Series Dishwasher with Sensor Cycle has you covered.  Not only will it automatically select the right wash and dry settings for your load, it’ll even clean tough soils 35% better while using just the right amount of time, energy and water! With the Top Rack Wash option, you no longer have to wait to wash those coffee cups and breakfast bowls. This option allows you to wash a few items without wasting the same energy and water you would use for a full load.  (P.C. Richard & Son is offering free re-installation on Whirlpool Dishwashers $399 and up now for a limited time; learn more here)

Want to learn more about Whirlpool’s innovative technology? Click here or stop into one of our P.C. Richard & Son Superstores. Our sales team would be happy to assist you in answering any questions you may have.


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How To: Take Care of Your Mini Fridge

A mini fridge is a necessity for students going away to school. They’re a convenient way to store snacks and drinks while saving on trips to the grocery store… but do you know how to take care of one? Sure, a mini fridge might cost less than the textbooks you need for a semester, but you need to protect your investment. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most out of your fridge so you have it for your entire school career and beyond.

How To Pack & Move Your Mini Fridge: Keep It Upright!

Step one is getting your fridge into your dorm, right? The most important thing to keep in mind is to keep the fridge upright at all times. Laying your mini fridge horizontally could cause problems with the mechanics that keep your fridge cold when you plug it in. Should you really need to lay it down any other way, try to lay it flat on its back or tilted for as short a time as possible. When you are able to stand it upright, wait 24 hours before plugging it in to allow the system to re-correct itself should anything have shifted during transport.

How to Maintain Your Mini Fridge: Keep It Clean and Smelling Fresh

Once you have moved in and have placed food or drinks in your mini fridge, aim to clean it out once a week. Check for expired milk, meat, fruits/veggies or other perishable items and discard them as needed. Should you have a spill in your fridge, clean it out immediately to avoid bacteria, mold, mildew or food-borne illnesses. You may also want to place a small box of baking soda inside to absorb odors.

How to Defrost Your Mini Fridge: Defrost Every Break!

When your mini fridge will be left unattended for long periods of time like when moving out or on Thanksgiving, Winter or Spring breaks, your refrigerator will need to be defrosted. Plan on defrosting your fridge at least 24 hours before you leave. To defrost your mini fridge:

  • Remove and discard any items inside.
  • Unplug your fridge, prop open the door and place a towel or tray underneath it to absorb any water. You may also want to place a towel inside the fridge as moisture accumulates.
  • Leave it overnight.
  • The next morning, wipe down any excess moisture and dry the towels, trays or cloths you used in and around the fridge.

This is also a great time to clean the shelves, drawers or racks your mini fridge may have. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners inside your fridge, but a hot water/baking soda mixture or warm soapy water will do the trick. Rinse it with a clean rag or sponge and dry.

An important note: ALWAYS make sure your fridge is dry before closing the door to avoid mold and bacteria! A moldy fridge is certainly nto something you want to come back from break to.

How to Use Your Mini Fridge After College

I donated my mini fridge to an upcoming college freshman after I graduated, but there are many things you can use it for should you wish to take it home with you. Here are just some ways to keep using your fridge:

  • Man Cave or Home Theater: Store cold beverages in your man cave or home theater so you don’t have to make your way to the kitchen every time you or your friends need something to wet their whistle.
  • Extra Food Storage: Keep your mini fridge in your utility room, basement or garage and use it as extra space to hold excess leftovers or groceries. This is especially convenient during the holidays or while throwing a party!
  • Mini Fridge as a Wine Cooler: It may not be as great a solution as a proper wine cooler, but will suffice to make space in your actual refrigerator.


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10% to 20% Off All Appliances

If you’re in the market for new appliances, now is a great time to buy! We are offering 10-20% off all appliances for a limited time. You can check out all the deals on our website, but here are just a few samples of what you could be saving:

Refrigerators on Sale: View All

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Dishwashers on Sale: View All

We also have washing machines, dryers, ranges, wall ovens, cooktops, microwaves and more on sale. What are you waiting for? Save today!


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How To: Clean and Maintain Your Refrigerator

Now is a great time to invest in some spring cleaning. Your refrigerator, with its expired condiments, corner grime and dusty condenser coils, should be one of your first candidates for cleaning. Here are some step-by-step instructions on making your fridge look and perform like new, and tips on how to keep it that way year round.


You’ll need to block out anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half of your day in order to really clean out your appliance. Scrubbing down your fridge right before you go to the grocery store is the perfect time, as it will have the least amount of contents in it. Because your refrigerator will be open while you are cleaning, you’ll want to power it down and conserve energy. Loosen the bulb in your fridge until it goes out. Then, set the temperature dial to “off” and unplug it.

Take all of the food off the shelves, drawers and from the door and put it in a cooler. Check for any expired or unnecessary items that you can dispose of. If you can’t remember the last time you used an item or can’t read the date on it, throw it out!


Next, fill your sink with warm, soapy water and remove all of the shelves, drawers, and racks from your fridge. If you have any glass or ceramic, make sure it cools down to room temperature before you place it in the water or you will risk cracking it. Once you wash and rinse the shelves, set them aside and let them dry while you clean out the inside of the fridge.

Mix a half quart of hot water with 2 tablespoons of baking soda and wipe down the inside of your fridge with a wet rag or sponge. For tight corners or grime that just won’t come up, try scrubbing with a toothbrush. Don’t forget any of the compartments or the inside of the door! The baking soda mixture will neutralize any odors in the fridge, but if there isn’t any available then soap and water will do. Never use harsh or abrasive cleaners as they can damage the finish and compromise the lining, making it cost more to keep the fridge cool.

After you’ve wiped down the entire inside of your fridge, rinse it with a clean rag or sponge and dry. Place the shelves and drawers back if they are dry and wipe down the rubber molding with warm soapy water. This is a good time to inspect your molding and consider replacing it if necessary, as this will also keep the fridge cooling efficiently. Rubber molding in poor condition will result in temperature fluctuations and will increase energy costs.

Wash the outside of your refrigerator with antibacterial cleaner and remove the drip pan underneath if you have one. Wipe it with the same antibacterial cleaner, rinse and let it dry before placing it back.

You will also find a metal plate near the floor of your fridge, either in the front or the back. Remove it, wash it down, and vacuum the entire area. Use the vacuum hose to remove the dust from the condenser coil as well to optimize efficiency. Once the metal plate is dry, place it back.

That’s it on scrubbing and vacuuming! You can now plug the fridge back in, tighten the light bulb and set the temperature. Let your refrigerator become cool again before placing your food back. Check all of your items for any dirt on the bottom and wipe down any sticky jars or canisters; you wouldn’t want to undo all of the cleaning you just did! You may also want to consider placing an open box of baking soda in your fridge to keep it always smelling fresh.

Future Maintenance and Tips

In the future, check all of your groceries for any unclean items and wipe them down to minimize the frequency you’ll need to clean your entire fridge. Clean any messes that occur immediately to avoid bacteria, mold, mildew, odor, and even food-borne illnesses. On that same note, always store leftovers, open meats, cheeses, perishable items, and strong foods in separate airtight containers. Otherwise, they can absorb odors from and contaminate other foods, such as fruits and vegetables.

Try to clean off the condenser coil regularly to optimize the performance of your refrigerator. Whenever you clean it, try to also clean off at least one of your shelves or drawers inside so you don’t have to wash the whole thing down as frequently.

Do you have any other good tips for cleaning your fridge? Let us know in the comments.


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Happy Earth Day! P.C. Richard & Son Green Initiatives and How You Can Help

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection and inspires awareness to our planet’s health every April 22. Did you know that P.C. Richard & Son promotes recycling, energy-saving appliances and green initiatives all year round? Here are a few ways we help protect the environment and some suggestions on great green products for your home.

What We Do
We here at P.C. Richard & Son deal with a lot of plastic, cardboard and Styrofoam with product packaging. We break down all cardboard boxes that hold all orders we receive and separate it from any plastic and Styrofoam that is also included in the packaging. The plastic and Styrofoam is collected and cardboard grouped into bails to be sent to a recycling plant where it is reused and repurposed. Our Deer Park Clearance Center alone sees four to five hundred boxes ever week and a half or so, so that’s tens of thousands of pounds of cardboard, plastic and Styrofoam recycled every year from our 65 locations.

In addition to hauling away all of our packaging material to recycling plants, we often offer free haul aways of your old appliances when you purchase new ones. Haul-awayed appliances are always recycled and are never brought to a landfill. Freon and other harmful substances are disposed of in OSHCA-complaint ways.

We recycle on a much smaller scale, too. Our break rooms have recycling receptacles that are clearly marked for things like aluminum cans and plastic bottles. We also have recycling bins for white paper in our corporate office headquarters.

How You Can Help
Energy Star products are a cost-effective and convenient way to reduce energy use and promote environmental protection. Energy Star is a government-backed program and has also been adopted in countries like Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan and the European Union. We carry many Energy Star-approved appliances and electronics that are worth looking into for your own green initiatives. We offer:

  • Energy Star Refrigerators: Energy Star-qualified refrigerators require about half as much energy s models manufactured before 1993.
  • Energy Star Washers and Dryers: Energy Star washers can save you $550 in operating costs over a regular clothes washer. Less energy and water use means less air pollution from power plants and less water going to waste.
  • Energy Star Air Conditioners: If every room AC sold in the US were Energy Star qualified, it would prevent 1.3 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions- the equivalent emissions of 115,000 cars.
  • Energy Star Dishwashers: Energy Star-qualified dishwashers use at least 41% less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption and can save you more than $30 a year in utility costs.
  • Energy Star HDTVs: There are 275 million TVs currently in use in the US, consuming over 50 billion kilowatts of energy each year, That’s 4% of all household’s electricity use! This is enough electricity to power all the homes in New York State for an entire year. Energy Star-qualified TVs use about 30% less energy than standard units.
  • And more! Check out our Energy Star Products page.

These products will pay for themselves over time with the minimal energy they use, and Mother Nature will be protected! This Earth Day, please look into planet-protecting green initiatives and consider Energy Star products. For more information on Earth Day, visit the Earth Day Network website.

Do you have good Earth Day tips? Let us know in the comments!


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