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Old 12-07-2019, 07:15 AM
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Has the quality declined? My 1994 whirlpool lasted til this year, and was quiet. Lots of postings on refrigerators, main issues seem to be noise and icemaker problems, or stupid manufacturing issues.

I bought a whirlpool side by side this year- you could hear it 2 rooms away. sent it back, its replacement was even louder, sent it back also. We cut the icemaker off at night, to cut it off, you had to open the freezer and take the ice bin out to get to the on off switch. what moron designed that? was that ever consumer tested?

why dont the Japanese make refrigerators? or washers/dryers- seems this coud be another whole topic? They do a great job with cars, why no main stream Japanese refrigerators?

Samsung seemed to have many issues due to lack of a heat conducting metal piece on the freezer coil. the refrigeration cycle has not changed much in 50 years.
Old 12-07-2019, 08:23 AM
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We have a samsung refrigerator that I am fighting the ice maker issue on. Very expensive fridge that the freaking ice maker doesn't work right! Have done everything recommended to fix it, still doesn't work right. Joined the class action suit online but who knows when that will ever happen. I don't know why they didn't do a recall. Anyone know if they got the problem fixed on the newer models? Bought ours in 2016.
Old 12-07-2019, 08:33 AM
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I bought a Samsung in 2016, and purposely avoided the in-door ice dispenser. Freezer is in bottom drawer, and ice bin is in it, to the left. So far, so good. Thing has been reliable, knock on wood. Seems many problems are with the in-door ice dispenser and that was what I wanted to avoid.

Unit is quiet, except when ice maker dumps into the bin. I can tolerate that.
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THEY DON'T MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USED TO!

Pretty much all of them are 5 year disposable units. The fancier the more the PITA and the less parts availability.

I have one in the garage that is 20 years old and has never been worked on.

The one in the house I have spent 800 dollars on in 7 years.
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Originally Posted by Boogan1 View Post
We have a samsung refrigerator that I am fighting the ice maker issue on. Very expensive fridge that the freaking ice maker doesn't work right! Have done everything recommended to fix it, still doesn't work right. Joined the class action suit online but who knows when that will ever happen. I don't know why they didn't do a recall. Anyone know if they got the problem fixed on the newer models? Bought ours in 2016.
We have a Samsung counter-depth fridge purchased in 2015.
Replaced the ice maker in 2018.
The ice maker was $130 and took less than 1/2 hour to replace.
Look on YT - there are hundreds of videos to swap out Samsung ice makers
Definately a weak point of their products.
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We have an LG counter-depth, French door, ice maker in door, installed in our place in Alabama. It has been trouble-free for at least eight years. We bought the identical unit for our place in TN about 6 months later. It had an ice maker issue, which was replaced under warranty, and zero issues since then. I recommended LG to our son, and theirs has been perfect as well. Guess we’ve just been lucky.
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No, they certainly don't last long because of many reasons. The refrigerator in my house is a 1974 Frigidaire that still looks like new (two gasket replacements and two new paint jobs). Too bad it is a power waster but it just won't quit!
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Cheapest whirlpool my wife could find with ice/ water in the door because we are doing a kitchen update in the near future and didn't want to pick the new one yet. It replaced another whirlpool that was 25 years old that had one ice maker put in it. It was moved to the garage and still works except ice/water. The new one makes more ice than I can use. I put @ 3 full plastic grocery bags of ice in my deep freezer every week and it is full again the next day! It is only noisy when the ice maker begins its dump cycle.

I am going to play hell talking her into keeping it in the kitchen when we update!!!
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We bought the only American made refrigerator available. It’s a higher end GE. 5 years later and so far so good. Ice maker is in the door also.
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I could build a bulletproof refrigerator. Any of y’all could partner up on it. It would be the best fridge ever... but it might be a bit expensive, might be hard to get a toe into Lowe’s and Home Depot, etc etc

...any more questions?
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The UL approval process would drive you crazy ... as it did me ;-) Not to mention the Energy Star rating.
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I think I'll start making bootleg refrigerators, no circuit board, no ice maker, steal the design from the 1970's refrigerator that is still keeping beer cold in the basement
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Originally Posted by ponyboy96 View Post
We bought the only American made refrigerator available. It’s a higher end GE. 5 years later and so far so good. Ice maker is in the door also.
glad you bought American Made GE. But Sub Zero is also built in US in Madison, WI.

I lost my list but researching appliances I found quite a few made in US. We equipped the new kitchen with really nice, American-made appliances. It’s where we spend most of our time so that’s where we dedicated a lot of the budget. I will say that the food preservation claims made by Sub Zero are not BS. That gas scrubbing system is freakin amazing. You can sit a vanilla cake next to a fresh cut onion and the flavor’s don’t mix. My bride “forgot” about a head of lettuce for a month and a half. We ate it the day she discovered it. Too many benefits to mention. I really pushed back when she wanted to spend that much on a refrigerator until she reminded me about the 80 wides and jigging rods and reels I bought 7 years ago. She had a point and now I couldn’t be happier. Buy quality and buy it once.
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Originally Posted by BigRockCabo View Post
glad you bought American Made GE. But Sub Zero is also built in US in Madison, WI.

I lost my list but researching appliances I found quite a few made in US. We equipped the new kitchen with really nice, American-made appliances. It’s where we spend most of our time so that’s where we dedicated a lot of the budget. I will say that the food preservation claims made by Sub Zero are not BS. That gas scrubbing system is freakin amazing. You can sit a vanilla cake next to a fresh cut onion and the flavor’s don’t mix. My bride “forgot” about a head of lettuce for a month and a half. We ate it the day she discovered it. Too many benefits to mention. I really pushed back when she wanted to spend that much on a refrigerator until she reminded me about the 80 wides and jigging rods and reels I bought 7 years ago. She had a point and now I couldn’t be happier. Buy quality and buy it once.
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I had a GE that we bought in September 1974 that lasted until December 2015. Other than light bulbs, no problems.
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About 25 years ago I bought an old small house...came with some old early 1960's fridge, I put that in the basement as I had the roof cut off the house, build a second story and updated it and had all GE Profile appliances put in the kitchen. Had at least 2x problems with the new fridge. Meanwhile the old fridge in the basement just kept on going strong!

About 12 years ago I moved...bought a big old colonial house, came with some mid 1970's fridge. Did some updates in that kitchen, that old fridge went in the garage, got a Frigidaire Gallery this time for the kitchen, I had one minor issue with it if I recall. Again...the old fridge in the garage...zero problems.

Just a month ago, bought a raised ranch as we're downsizing...came with some early 90's fridge. Came all new Frigidaire Gallery series in the kitchen except the fridge...so I moved the fridge to the garage and got a new Frigidaire Gallery.

Some of the new high tech models are crazy...bit display screens like a huge android tablet on the doors...maintains an inventory system, places orders for you.

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Originally Posted by ponyboy96 View Post
We bought the only American made refrigerator available. It’s a higher end GE. .
G.E. ain't the only "Made in the USA" brand...quite a few others....quite a few....
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The UL approval process would drive you crazy ... as it did me ;-) Not to mention the Energy Star rating.
I suspect that's at least 50% of the challenge to make them reliable!
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I have a Kitchenaid that we bought 5 years ago primarily because my wife didn't want any kind of dispenser in the door. Slim pickin's to say the least. Since buying it, I had to install a defrost drain update, because one morning I woke to water on the floor, and I had to replace the ice maker as well. Both easy to do, and relatively inexpensive having got the parts on eBay. Knock on wood at this point.
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have been having some issues with my 12 year old GE Profile lately and have on order one of the new Bosch 800 series, should have it in a week or so. I am so impressed with their dishwashers I decide to give Bosch a try, besides they look very nice, and gets the wife's seal of approval. What I don't understand is why the ef counter deep models cost 50% more than a standard depth fridge.

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