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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: madRiver] #5123885 06/03/19 09:27 AM
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Originally Posted by madRiver
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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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123922 06/03/19 10:06 AM
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We've had good luck with LG appliances, as well as Whirlpool and Maytag.
The most important issue is to buy old tech. Energy-star rules have made appliances unreliable because of too frequent engineering changes. Parts are rarely made for more than 10 years.

Top freezer models are most reliable, secondly side by side.
The old fashioned ice-makers are much easier to fix.
French door and 4 door models are least reliable.

GE is now owned by Haier of China

Assume an 8-10 year lifespan, and stay with cheaper, simpler models.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123926 06/03/19 10:11 AM
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Good advice, I believe. This stupid Samsung has 3 computers in it, and it's not even one of the super-fancy touch screen fridges that I'm seeing in houses now. All I really want is Ice & water in the door. This junker wasn't my choice. :-)


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123934 06/03/19 10:17 AM
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My first frig lasted about 30 years.
It was an Amana that I believe is out of business now.

Of coarse we all want them to last forever, but, consider what they do 24 hours a day;
Sits in a corner of your kitchen and keeps your food cold or frozen
Mine uses 75-95 watts of electricity while running

What ever you buy, make sure it's Energy Star rated.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123948 06/03/19 10:32 AM
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GE tells you what ones are made in the USA on their site and the percentage similar to the parts sticker on a new car

Very few Whirlpools are still made in Iowa. Mostly just the ones with the fridge portion on top and should have the whirlpool "assembled in usa" sticker on show floor models. All others that don't come from Mexico and should state that on their nameplate inside the fridge

A few Select Frigidaires are made in the USA. All others come from Mexico

Samsung and LG all are made in either Mexico, Korea and even some large appliances from China


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123986 06/03/19 11:06 AM
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We got a Whirlpool back in December, no issues with it so far. Read a bunch of horror stories about Samsung and LG’s that made me steer clear.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5123987 06/03/19 11:07 AM
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Stay away from Samsung. Lots of issues and parts can take a while to get when it breaks. None are perfect but Whirlpool seems to be holding its own.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5124010 06/03/19 11:36 AM
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Isn't all this new high tech stuff great I remember when refrigerators used to run 30 plus years. Maybe its the new 0W-120 volts they use in them now?


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: JohnnyJohnson] #5124025 06/03/19 11:53 AM
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Around 1972, Dad decided we needed a fridge for the garage. We pulled a likely suspect out of the county dump, took it home, plugged it in and it ran fine. Scrubbed it inside and out and filled it with pop, beer and melons from the garden. I forget the brand on the heavy chrome nameplate but below the name it said " by General Motors" or something to that effect. Was still running well when the house sold in 1990.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5124038 06/03/19 12:01 PM
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LG is a few steps above Samsung (a brand that even Koreans don't use).

Personally I had good luck with GE and Whirlpool. Keep things simple and if you can find a design that has been around longer with no problem, that's what I'll go for. Between the 2 brands I like Whirlpool better as they don't gouge me on parts like GE did.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: PandaBear] #5124064 06/03/19 12:15 PM
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Originally Posted by PandaBear
LG is a few steps above Samsung (a brand that even Koreans don't use).
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Be VERY wary of buying an LG fridge. There is currently a HUGE class action lawsuit against the company due to their compressor design being
very defective and replacing them can be almost impossible due to supply and technician shortages.

Click on item below for links.

Class Action lawsuit against LG for defective compressor design in fridges

Read all the horror stories here..

Click on the link below

Consumer complaints on defective LG compressors in their fridges.

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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5124094 06/03/19 12:44 PM
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We purchased a Whirlpool side by side refrigerator in 1990 and it is still going strong. It had two warranty service calls during the first two years of operation (one for a noisy ice maker and the other for a bad heater in the door to stop condensation) and none since then, and it has operated flawlessly otherwise. We also have a Whirlpool washer and dryer set that have been going strong since 1998.


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Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: WylieCoyote] #5124137 06/03/19 01:29 PM
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I'll add/complain about Samsung. We bought our house with new Samsung appliances and were pretty excited for these "high-end" units. I had looked up the models and they are not cheap, they are on the upper end of the line-up. Now, three years of light use later (we tend to handle everything with care), the fridge has a non-functioning icemaker, requires manually defrosting several times a year, and groans at random times. The dishwasher top rack has plastic that can't withstand hot water and is repaired by zip-ties that render it not adjustable. The stove works ok but if you don't get the gas burner top back on just right after cleaning it will shoot flames a foot in the air, but at least the microhood seems to work. It's just overly complicated. Nothing is covered under warranty.

Regarding the fridge, there is a class action forming about the icemakers. It is a known design flaw that Samsung will not acknowledge publicly, but leaked internal documents reveal. Currently they are happy to sell you updated replacement parts to fix the problem for about $700 plus labor to install.

I have fired Samsung and will not buy any more of their products.

Re: Refrigerator Recommendations [Re: JLTD] #5124151 06/03/19 01:48 PM
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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] #5124153 06/03/19 01:50 PM
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I strongly agree: Whirlpool, KitchenAide, Maytag, Frigidaire. got a KitchenAide for mom, no problems at all.
We had an LG (Kenmore Elite) and that thing broke every 6 months. paid almost $3k for it and ended up junking it after 5 years. replaced it with a Samsung; 3 service calls in less than a year. No more Samsung, no more LG.


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