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Refrigerator Recommendations #5123790 06/03/19 07:37 AM
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Good morning, Bitgoers, and happy Monday! Looking for any and all opinions on a new fridge. The Samsung 4-door that I paid a small fortune for just 5 short years ago has failed, and is apparently non-repairable. The ice maker has never worked correctly, and the electronics were troublesome from the beginning, so, while I'm soliciting suggestions, I'm also advising that you STAY AWAY from Samsung refrigerators. I'm looking for recommendations for a stainless, preferably side-by-side, door service with the ice maker in the freezer (where it belongs), no larger than 36W, 36D, 72H, that you have had good luck with. Let's hear it! I'm looking for more years of trouble-free service this time around!


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123804 06/03/19 07:46 AM
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I've had good luck (as in no failures) with Whirlpool and Frigidaire.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123805 06/03/19 07:47 AM
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That's pretty narrow for a fridge, I'm in the same boat.
I bought a Whirlpool from Home Depot, side by side, bottom freezer pull drawer with ice maker, water in left door, 7 years ago.
Still rolling along. As with any appliance, YMMV.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123807 06/03/19 07:50 AM
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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: MParr] #5123808 06/03/19 07:51 AM
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Highly recommend staying away from LG. As stated GE or Frigidaire are decent.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123809 06/03/19 07:51 AM
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ALL Samsung appliances are like this. My mom is on her second Samsung washer, and its starting to die. She bought the first one around 2013? The original dryer always had problems with the internals coming loose. I was rocking an old Maytag up to a few years ago from the mid/late 80s. It did everything I asked of it. You just couldn't find parts for them anymore.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123812 06/03/19 07:54 AM
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I wouldn't get Samsung. I've had two and both leak under certain conditions, ruining the floor.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123820 06/03/19 08:02 AM
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I had a Kitchen-Aid refrigerator leak due to a defective part that got recalled. The recall covered the cost of the $5 part, but of course I was on the hook for the labor and repairing the damaged floor. I would steer clear of Kitchen-Aid just due to their terrible customer service.

We have all Whirlpool appliances now and so far they've been great.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123823 06/03/19 08:03 AM
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I've had a GE that was installed by the builder since November 2014. It did have one repair within the first year under warranty for a little fan that failed (like what you find in computer) and everybody in my neighborhood had the same problem since the builder used the same model. Other than that it's been flawless. I like having the ice maker that feeds the door and a smaller drawer within the large bottom freezer drawer which is great for when you have company over.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123840 06/03/19 08:24 AM
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys.

This is the cursed POS to avoid: https://www.samsung.com/us/support/owners/product/4-door-flex-rf32fmqd-series?redir=RF32FMQDBSR

I did a search by size and finish on Lowes and HD, and landed on this one at both sites. Anybody here have experience with this one?

https://www.lowes.com/pd/Whirlpool-...int-Resistant-Stainless-Steel/1000460261

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Whirlpo...ant-Stainless-Steel-WRSA88FIHZ/302795262

Thanks for the input! Keep it coming!

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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123851 06/03/19 08:41 AM
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Samsung does seem to have quality issues. I like maytag, they seem to hold up well.

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Stick with the famous US brand appliances, most are made by Whirlpool.
Get one with somewhat old school proven technology with the stainless appearance.

I have an old Amana and it gave me one issue with the defroster went out (a heating element attach to the refrigerant line).
An easy fix except it takes a while to defrost the frosted ice before getting the fixed refrigerator back to operational.


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I've always had great luck with WhirlPool products and keep buying them. My fridge is 11 years old now, hasn't skipped a beat. Washer and dryer are 11 years old, mix valve on washer went out 2 years ago, fixed it for $30. Dishwasher is new but the old one was at least 11 years old, still worked the buttons on the front were just getting hard to push. Gas range is at least 11 years old as well, the buttons on the digital panel went out last year and i got a used one for $50.

Pretty reliable all round, never had any issues getting parts either. If I can get 10 years out of appliances with minimal repairs, i'm happy.

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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123881 06/03/19 09:19 AM
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We've always had great luck with Whirlpool items. Our dishwasher is made by them and it is 20 years old, still works well. Our current whirlpool fridge is 4 years old and doing fine, although the light insists on blinking when we open the fridge door. Tape over the toggle button fixed that, but of course eliminated the light itself. Other than that, it is working well.

Keep in mind a long lasting, reliable fridge made and bought now might be the search for the holy grail. When I've gone into appliance stores, even sales clerks will admit to me that the current fridges are not going to last 15 years like our previous fridge did. My philosophy on appliances is simply to get the simplest model, with the least amount of advanced tech possible, that simply won't break down. Kind of like my approach to cars. smile

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I am very happy with a GE fridge that is 10 years old although plastic failing here and there for a family of 5.

It was made in Korea by Lucky Gold (LG????).

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