Older homes often have appliances that came with the house, and over time these appliances begin to lose efficiency. The old appliances can also start to look old and out of place in the kitchen, especially if you are renovating the space or giving things a facelift to bring the style up to date.
Replacing the Refrigerator
The appliance that sees the most use in your kitchen is most likely the refrigerator. The refrigerator runs all the time, cycling on and off to keep the inside cool so that food stays at a safe temperature. Over time the compressor can start to fail and the seals on the door can start to wear, causing the compressor to have to run more.
Replacing the fridge with a new one can improve the performance of the appliance and reduce the cost of running it because the new fridge will be much more efficient. Selecting a new refrigerator that fits your needs and has more space inside is an excellent addition to your kitchen. And many appliance stores will take your old appliances away and dispose of them for you for a small fee.
There are a lot of models that may have some features you like, but getting the right size refrigerator for the space with the features you want can take a little shopping around. Don't be afraid to ask about price matching from one store to another, because sometimes you can get a better price if the salesperson wants to outsell the other store.
Replacing the Range or Stove
The stove is probably one of the most used appliances in the kitchen if you cook for yourself. For some people, replacing an electric stove with a gas range or vice versa is the priority. While you can do that, some wiring changes will need to happen and you will need to add or remove the gas line, depending on whether you are installing or removing the gas range.
In some older homes, the stovetop was mounted on an island, and the oven was separate and mounted in the wall. Replacing this setup may mean a total change in the way the kitchen is laid out, so you may need to hire a contractor to help you make the necessary changes to the kitchen.
If you are renovating the kitchen, the layout is more than likely changing anyway, but if you are not planning a renovation, making a change and installing a new stove can be a lot more work than just bringing the stove into the home.