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terri is looking for: (6 recommendations)
OT my refrigerator took a dump. its only 5yrs old. any recommendations on a good brand we have a whirlpool now.

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Last updated: Jan. 7, 2013 10:15 pm
Posted: Dec. 8, 2012 5:45 pm
Commented by: manella
Dec. 8, 2012 5:47 pm
We have a Whirlpool,got it at sears,works great.Good luck with whatever you get,it's a big purchase.
Dec. 8, 2012 5:56 pm
ty manella I know a big purchase just what we need at christmas oh well guess it will make a nice gift lol..
Dec. 8, 2012 6:06 pm
Any appliance like a fridge, stove, freezer, or washer dryer should last a target life of minimum fifteen years. Before you lay out all that money, you should be investigating why you had this failure (yes, yes, I know, it means living out of a Coleman cooler for a bit) I'd be going back to the Whirlpool people with pics and photo's, asking why you should trust them with another purchase in this lifetime, and even calling in a local indipendant repair type to study on what failed and why, because nobody can afford that sort of thing! If you get that sort of professional opinion on your side, I'd be going back to the supplier/manufacturer and asking for some sort of "warranty" claim, that the gave you a new unit, in exchange for the ruined one at some deep discount...they can't afford to have their name ruined in these tight times, and you have just "lit up" about 10,000 members with this. Please do let us know what happens and how you make out with it...
Dec. 8, 2012 6:13 pm
Hey terri,that's not to far fetched,we bought a kitchen stove at Christmas time a few years ago,same situation as you,wrapped a bow around it.HO HO HO.
Dec. 8, 2012 6:25 pm
good thinking chairlifter I do have another ref that I can use till monday when I make the calls or go see the people.. ty
Patty Cakes
Dec. 8, 2012 6:30 pm
Terri, we have a Samsung French door, no water, ice in the door But it does have a little water spout inside for cold filtered water! I LOVE THIS FRIDGE!! Best one we have Ever had! OMG, it hold Everything! Big cookie sheets, pizza, tons of leftovers!
Dec. 8, 2012 6:31 pm
Hey Terri I worked in appliances and I know appliances used to last 15-20 year but what and it is with almost every company but what most companies now do is put more functions in them and to keep the cost down the cut back on reliability as far as whirlpool goes it is one of the oldest and very popular company so if your other appliances are stainless stick with whirlpool and other wise check samsung and i know maybe u don't believe but get an extended warranty it is worth it when i started i could not believe reps from pretty much each company would tell us that now a days maximum life on appliances is 5 years more then that is a bonus. Hope this helps.
Dec. 8, 2012 6:35 pm
ty manella I needed that little chuckle
Dec. 8, 2012 6:40 pm
patty cakes ty. we have the water and ice in the door and he likes it so guess will have to stay with it.
Dec. 8, 2012 6:43 pm
ty saima will get the warranty this time cause we have had bad luck with the ref. Had a jennair yrs ago and my sister still has it she had it worked on and still ribs me about it...
Dec. 8, 2012 6:46 pm
going to dinner now so will check back later
Dec. 8, 2012 7:45 pm
Similar to Patty Cakes . . . Samsung French door with water/ice dispenser in door, and a separate ice dispenser inside freezer. Never had a French door model before, but wouldn’t go any other way now. Best fridge we’ve had too.
Commented by: Robdontcallmebob
Dec. 8, 2012 7:06 pm
our newest (side by side) fridge went out after 8 years while our two older units continue on. When the repair man came to check the side by side, he said there was a freon leak in the tubing. He commented that the EPA had changed the requirements on new units and the old method of rubber coating the copper tubing freon lines was banned. Now, the unprotected lines are susceptible to sulphur in the air from oxidation with sulpher water. So check that the copper tubing is protected in any refrigerator that you purchase.
Dec. 8, 2012 7:13 pm
We got a new Samsung side by side about a year and a half ago. I HATE it! (Sorry, Patty Cakes!) The veggie drawers don't open all the way, and the one I use the most is already broken. I don't have the humidifier effect for the veggie drawers, either, so my veggies get waterlogged. I want a new one and move this one to the garage. I'll investigate further the Kitchenaid one.
Dec. 8, 2012 7:31 pm
We bought a GE Profile about 4 years ago. It is the french door type with the freezer on the bottom. We did buy an extended warranty (which really ticks me off) however just this past October a part on the door broke and it took so long to get it fixed. Not necessarily GE's fault but even so they were not very proactive. I also have a GE glass top stove which I hate, so I guess that what I am saying is, maybe don't buy GE. Also, our fridge is stainless steel finish which is a real pita to clean and keep clean. I'll never buy any SS appliance again
Dec. 8, 2012 7:37 pm
Forgot to say that also, there are only about 4 or 5 manufacturers of appliances in the US. You need to research and see who actually makes the appliance that you are buying. Could be that you really dislike one appliance manufacturer and for that reason buy a different brand but they still could be made by the same manufacturer
Dec. 8, 2012 7:49 pm
Dec. 8, 2012 8:13 pm
I took a real estate class and was taught that the life span for fridges now is 5 years. Another reason why they are left with the house. This might be worth investing in consumer reports
Dec. 8, 2012 8:22 pm
Cdn manufacturers include "Camco", who make a lot of appliances that are relabled. Yes, you might not get the automatic icecube dispenser or cold water tap, but these features are some of the root problems of where failures start. Without them, you can pull your fridge out and dust off the cols on its back, whereas if its hard piped into place with a water dispenser, you have no such option, and yes components are going to fail, and leave you in a multiple car train wreck situation. Admittedly, I am a crusty old guy who does not feel a need for stainless finishes in his "colonial" maple kitchen, and can purchase ice cube trays from the Dollar store that chill up the tap water very nicely... The double door or the freezer below never nade much sense to me...will now take my gerital and frump off to bed...
Commented by: Sweettreats
Dec. 8, 2012 9:48 pm
Stay away from anything made by Whirlpool. In trying to keep with the same brand of appliances that came with our home I have gone through two microwaves(the second one actually caught on fire) three refrigerators, three dishwashers, one slide in oven range and a washing machine and dryer. Be careful because Kenmore and Kitchenaid are made by Whirlpool. My mother bought a new Kenmore fridge when she had her home built and had to get it fixed twice. When it broke for a third time she gave it away and bought a Samsung fridge and dishwasher. She loves them. I decided to go with Bosch. I have to say so far it's the best appliance I have purchased. If you are trying to stay in the affordable range I would consider Samsung or GE products. When we purchased our Kitchenaid fridge I should have known it wasn't going to last when the delivery guy plugged it in and it never got cold. I had to make a wedding cake to feed 300 people that week. The second fridge they delivered had a huge dent. I thought the third time would be a charm. The inside walls of the fridge started to show hairline cracks on the inside and the door and the wheels broke off of the meat and veggie drawers. The thing to go was the ice maker. I was so glad to see that thing go. It used to be you could purchase an appliance and it would last you a good 15 to 20 years not anymore. Seems like you have to buy a warranty with everything these days.
Dec. 8, 2012 9:59 pm
This is what my mom has but in white she doesn't like stainless steel. The ice maker is a little noisy when the ice drops but she said you get used to it. My kids keep asking grandma to let us have her refrigerator. She got hers on sale at Best Buy with zero percent financing for 24 months. Samsung - 28.5 Cu. Ft. French Door Refrigerator with Dual Ice Makers - Stainless-Steel Model: RFG296HDRS SKU: 4875342
Dec. 8, 2012 10:00 pm
We have had our Fridgidaire for 19 years. Knock on wood, we have never had a problem with it. I'm sad to read that things just last 5 years now.
Dec. 8, 2012 10:47 pm
ty all for the info. I dont have stainless just plain old white will take my time and check everything out for getting one but I will check the samsung
Dec. 9, 2012 2:47 am
First I would get a reputable repairman to look at your refrig to see exactly what is wrong. Any mechanical device might have a part that fails and need repair. It could be a relay or some part of the cooling mechanism. The main reason a refrig lasts so long is that the mechanism is fairly basic and there isn't that much which can go wrong. Replacing a failed part would be a lot cheaper then buying new. If you need to buy again, I have new GE appliances and think they are great. Just because one person had a bad experience doens't mean all products that manufacturer makes are bad. Some people have 1 bad experience and then bash that company on various websites. A lot depends on what you are looking for and what your budget is. Make sure to ask if they remove the old appliance or is they charge for this.
Dec. 9, 2012 4:19 am
Many of the newer appliances have more electronic gadgetry and digital displays, and may be a reason why needing more frequent repairs. Generally, most fridge breakdowns are repairable but when the compressor goes down it often becomes a better trade-off to buy a new fridge rather than incur the replacement cost . . . warranty, energy efficiency, and life span of existing appliance are issues which play into this equation. Concerning energy efficiency, you might check the website of your local utility as some provide a rebate on more energy efficient models. A reputable repairman can also be a good information source for steering you to appliances as they know which ones have repeated replacement part issues.
Commented by: lechef
Dec. 9, 2012 3:53 am
Our dishwasher died this week, a Kitchenaide. It is only two years old. What is up with that?
Commented by: Judy in Delaware
Dec. 9, 2012 5:36 am
Our 5-yr-old GE side-by-side freezer part of the fridge stopped working with frost building up on the inside of the freezer. We always deal with Sears repair service. They service any brand, and we think they're great. Anyway, I was so happy when he said we may be better off buying new. I hate side-by-side and really want a french door model. NOTHING big fits in the freezer, even a pizza. Anyway, $250 later he did fix it and its' been fine since, dang it. Stainless steel is a pain to keep clean, but I love the way it looks. I'm trying to figure out a way to break this thing so I can get what I want, but he fixed it too well. LOL Sears repair is great, though.
Dec. 9, 2012 6:13 am
We have a Sears Elite Refrigerator-It has been repaired twice. Whatever you do get the extended warranty. I would not get a Sears again because it is made by Whirlpool. I have a second refrigerator we keep in the garage -an old Maytag that is eighteen years old and it still works great.
Commented by: nanny129
Dec. 9, 2012 9:18 am
Dec. 9, 2012 9:19 am
home depot(hubby calls it home desperate-i work at lowes) have a 10% off on appliances- lowes also has a 10% off on energy star appliances:-)
Dec. 9, 2012 12:00 pm
^^ Those stores often have discounts on the floor models. Since a refrig was probably never turned on in the store and only used as a display piece, you can often get a great buy on them. Virtually all but the very low models have an energy star rating, so that by itself doesn't tell you much. New models are much for efficient then ones 10-15 yrs ago since the technology is better.
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