With smart watches, smart water bottles, and flexible phones on the market, there’s no question that consumers see a vast amount of new and strange technologies every year. While the technological innovation is always impressive, savvy shoppers can’t help but wonder: will it actually benefit me, or is it just a gimmick?

At first glance, a remote control refrigerator may sound like little more than a scam, an excuse to slap a higher price tag on the appliance. We thought the same thing at first, but when you look into what a remote control refrigerator can do, you might just change your mind.

  • Efficient problem diagnosis. One of the biggest benefits of a “smart fridge” is that the machine can self-diagnosis problems. For example, if you notice that your fridge isn’t as cold as it should be, you can call the factory, which will then send a signal to the fridge. The fridge will identify the problem and notify the factory or a technician, who can arrive to your house with the required replacement parts to fix the problem. As such, your service repairs are quicker and cost less, as the technician only needs to make a single trip to your home.
  • Smart alerts. As humans, we all make mistakes. A smart fridge is designed to help out with that. If you accidentally leave the fridge door open, a fridge could notify you via your smart phone that the door hasn’t been closed if it stays open for longer than a minute or two. Alternatively, if the fridge starts leaking, it could alert you or automatically stop the flow of water on its own. With a notification, you can clean up the mess quicker to avoid damage to your floors.
  • Smarter cooking. Using a smart fridge, you can browse recipes on a large LCD screen on the front of the fridge. It also turns your fridge into a food management system– you can check what’s in the fridge without even opening it, and pick a recipe based on what you have. If you have a smart stove, the two devices can communicate, and your fridge can signal your stove to preheat the oven for a recipe as well. Of course, all of this can be done from your smart phone!
  • Energy monitoring. Like other smart devices, a smart fridge can monitor when energy prices are highest and lowest, and transition into energy saving modes when prices are especially high.

Although all of these features are useful, the more complicated the appliance, the more expensive repairs will be down the road. If you’re having any problems with your fridge or would like to schedule regular maintenance, look no further than Doc’s Appliance Services. Whether it’s smart or conventional, we know you’ll be satisfied with our friendly customer service and technical know-how. Call Doc’s today!