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Refrigerator advice please

Saturday, July 13, 2019

I got back in town from a family vacation yesterday. Last night when I opened my freezer for the first time I saw that all the ice in the bin was melted. I stuck thermometers in the fridge and freezer compartments, and sure enough - the fridge was about 50 degrees and the freezer about 40. Those temps have steadily risen through the night. Ugh. Better than the mess the water heater made last year right before I went on vacation, but I'm starting to see a pattern.

I have a repairman coming to look at it Monday afternoon to see if it's worth fixing (again). The thing is great quality, but it's 20 years old at a minimum, and likely closer to 30 (it came with the house and I've lived here 19 years). I've had it fixed several times already, and there comes a point where replacing is the better option. If he can fix it, great. Otherwise it's a trip to the nearest city to a Lowe's that will deliver this far.

So - in the responses... please tell me what brand and model you have. What do you like or dislike about it and would you buy it again?
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  • CATIATM
    Ugh. Bummer! I don't have recommendations, but I hope you get some great ideas from others.
    95 days ago
  • TWEETYKC00
    We have had good luck with Whirpool and Maytag. It can help depending on what you need from it as well.
    95 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I have an LG with a bottom freezer drawer and large ice try in the freezer. I love both and especially being able to open both top doors.

    Appliances do not last like they use to unfortunately. Ours are now ten years old.
    96 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Thanks guys. The repairman suggested that if I do need to replace it I don't go with Samsung or LG b/c the parts are more expensive and more difficult to get. I don't know if that's true, but since he's the only repairman in town and I'll be calling him for any problems I'm willing to go along with it. I think I have it narrowed down to a Frigidaire or a Whirlpool. I will have to look in person and see if they look as good as their pictures and specs. I do have a narrow space for it, so the very first thing I did was measure how wide it could be - depth and height have more wiggle room, but I took those measurements as well.

    I have a large chest freezer that I use for almost all of my frozen goods so freezer space isn't really an issue. An ice-maker is a must though. If I could find a fridge with no freezer but an ice-maker that would be perfect. I think I will probably get another side by side because that's what I'm used to. I don't really like the bottom freezer drawer style, I use ice every day for my water bottles and bending over to get to the ice tub would be inconvenient.
    96 days ago
  • SIEGRID
    Ahem...he suggested ....it seems I can’t spell and auto correct did the rest...😉🤣
    96 days ago
  • SIEGRID
    The only thing I can add, is when I changed some of my appliances many years ago, my old repairman subjected Whirlpool, but do your homework. The alliances no longer have the same longevity as they did back in the day. Count myself lucky that they are still going strong after 10 years.....
    96 days ago
  • GOLFGMA
    We have always liked Whirlpool and have kept them for years. We have purchased at Lowe's also.
    96 days ago
  • CATE195
    We have an AMANA, freezer drawer on the bottom (which I love). We bought it 5 years ago to replace our GE which was only 14 years old. They do not make refrigerators, or any other appliance to last anymore. That way they can sell you another one in 5 or 6 years. We are currently trying to keep our 19-year-old dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer going.
    96 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/14/2019 7:02:40 AM
  • ICECUB
    I THINK I AVE A WHIRLPOOL. I BOUGHT IT IN 2013. THE LAST ONE Ws about 45 years old. that was a citation.
    96 days ago
  • MRPEABODY
    This sounds so obvious but measure the space you have for a new unit. I have two neighbors who were off by a quarter inch or less, and it didn't fit. They had to modify their cabinets. Manufacturers website will have minimum requirements
    97 days ago
  • LETSBELESS
    Definitely freezer on the bottom. I agree with IMUSTLOSEIT. Fridge part more often used than freezer, like every time you make coffee for milk!
    97 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    i WOULD LOOK FOR ONE WITH THE REFRIGERATOR PART ON THE TOP AND THE FREEZER PART ON THE BOTTOM, AS YOU GET A LITTLE OLDER YOU WILL APPRECIATE HAVE THE REFRIG. PART WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO ABOUT CRAWL IN IT TO REACH THE BACK. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH OUT A I AM TEMPT TO BUY ONE LIKE THAT, AS I HATE CRAWLING IN THE DARN THING.
    97 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    My refrigerator was already in my apartment so it's old. It's time for a new one.

    I don't have recommendations but I do have my brother's experience: His was a very nice model with large capacity and ice/water on the door. The freezer was the whole bottom drawer you pull out like a dresser which means you're constantly digging around for your item. They found it to be such as hassle, they'd never do it again.

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    97 days ago
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