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Old 02-02-2015, 07:13 AM
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So, our 7 year old GE (builder-installed) is starting to lose feature functionality. Water dispenser stopped working about a year ago, and the ice maker stopped working yesterday. Water supply is fine.

Anyways, wife thinks it's more cost effective to replace it now rather than spend a few hundred having someone come out and fix it.

I'm looking at these French door model with ice/water dispenser...........and the damn things are mostly over $2k a pop.

What the hell?

Anyways, I've had such good luck with Samsung stuff, and my inlaws love their Samsung fridge, i'm looking at some of those models.

Anyone own a Samsung fridge? reports?

How about those with long-term GE fridge experience?

we'd be looking at black to match our other appliances. Not sure we'd want to match a stainless fridge to black dishwasher and stove.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:28 AM
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I have read/heard some not so glowing reviews on the Samsungs In terms of long term durability.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:35 AM
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Go online to an appliance repair site, I've repaired my refer twice myself both times cost around $50
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:36 AM
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So, our 7 year old GE (builder-installed) is starting to lose feature functionality. Water dispenser stopped working about a year ago, and the ice maker stopped working yesterday. Water supply is fine.

That fridge should have a water filter inside - you did not mention if you changed that filter - my GE fridge (10 yrs old) will do the same thing when the filter needs to be changed
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:37 AM
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the truth is google the problems, probably someone else that has had same issues, most things on a fridge are easy to fix. Unless you just want a new fridge.
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Google search for recalls on your fridge. There was a circuit board that would go bad and cause some of the issues you are having with some models around the year you have. I did some research and called GE Repair Services to have them come out and repair my fridge that was starting to act like yours (and installed about the same time by a builder). I had the circuit board repaired/replaced about 2-3 years ago and it has worked perfectly since. GE supplied the part for no cost and only charged about $100 for labor to have the circuit board replaced. Well worth the chance to fix your problem and not spend a huge amount on a new fridge. Call GE appliance service.
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I bought a ge profile a year ago. So far so good. Read reviews you will be surprised by what you find
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I wouldn't buy a cardboard box made by GE. We've had 2 dishwashers recalled and a microwave die early. besides, I hate their politics. We have had a Samsung side-by-side for 5 years. Absolutely love it and have had ZERO problems with it. The only aggravting thing is water pressure on the door dispenser decreases dramatically as the water filter "goes bad". They force you to replace it ultimately. We buy them on Ebay.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:54 AM
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What happened to the refrigerators and freezers we had as kids... Damn things seem to run 20-30 years.

Grandma had one, liked to cut my fingers off as a little kid. I'm 35 and it's in the garage with a case of beer in it right now. Granted It didn't have the ice maker, water dispenser, light when you open the door features, but still.
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We had a 6 year Kitchen-Aid build-in that crapped out in December. The motherboard went out and the company that made it was wiped out in the Tsunami. The part is not available any more for repair purposes. In researching a new fridge, my wife found that Kitchen-Aid is still making the same refrigerator with the SAME MOTHERBOARD. We choose not to give them anymore of our money. Also, Kitchen-Aid/Whirlpool make the same refrigerator for 2 other brands and they are making most or all of several brands outside their line including some of the Vikings.
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My Frigidaire has been okay, ice dispenser works quickly, but the dam filtered water is sooooo slow.... and it makes a lot of noise. Think the brand I had before (8 years ago- Whirlpool??) was slow on ice, but a good water supply. My parents Samsung has the double doors on top, with the freezer below. They have had a lot of problems with the frig door astragal sticking. The inlaws have had nothing but problems with their Kitchenaide built-in also. Don't know if any of them are actually quality anymore.... Likely its another issue you can chalk up to inferior made in China components... For living with a fridge long term, google the ice water dispensers.. If one is not very good, its a annoying to live with long-term. Also, price replacement filters. mine are $45 a pop now... little ridiculous.
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Have a Samsung refrigerator : RF24FSEDBSR

I'm impressed with it's functionality and design.

Haven't have it long. Ice maker may be a bit small for a larger family, although I believe Samsung may offer an option to have 2 ice makers.

Have Bosch dishwasher, Samsung microwave/convection combo and a 36" Wolf stove.
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The kids called us Saturday, their 2.5 year old whirlpool died. Not so happy with that model as we just spent $$ replacing the water valve for the ice maker.
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If you do a search on the problems you will probably find it can only be a few things that you can check. I'd try that before buying any of this new over priced crap they are now selling.
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Try googling and home repair first

These things vary so much by model it is a CRAP SHOOT

Look at consumer reports. They are best at telling you the ones not to buy and are good at finding the top 3 or so brands. Buy something close to the highest rated model of one of the 3 top brands at a good price at your favorite store. We (my family and my kids families) always end up with Kenmore (most expensive usually) Samsung or GE. Our current GE profile has been trouble free - dam thing had to pay like 500 extra to get the "counter depth" one which is smaller Reviews are all over the place on google and Amazon. Yea, it's a crap shoot.
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Have the Samsung French door model with ice/water dispenser also has a second ice maker in the freezer. Could not be happier as we purchased in 2008 and has been trouble free the whole time. The only time the Samsung did not work was due to loss of power from a storm. Can never tell if its on so quiet. Have since purchased Samsung dryer and washer also trouble free for 6 years now.

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I've removed the water filter and capped it off with the provided cap, didn't restore water flow to the dispenser. Ice maker worked fine after that but then just decided to quit.

Our home was built 7 years ago, and we just replaced the oven. Dishwasher is pretty ragged now, and I'm figuring we're getting close to that ~10 year expectancy now for major appliances. The oven gave us a "pop" followed by a burnt electrical smell.

That was all the convincing the wife needed to get a new range. We're happy with the new model, don't get me wrong.

Not sure I want to spend $2k+ on a fridge though.........but if we're going to get one, I'm not getting a cheap builder-quality one again.

GRRR.

Yeah, I've not had much experience with Frigidaire or whirlpool but I've not heard many good things about their mid-tier stuff.

Further, I'm not a guy who can afford Viking, jenn-air, etc.
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I have a 4 yo whirlpool gold frigde, had one issue. The shelves are outlined in plastic and 2 of them have broke. I had both of them replaced under warranty.
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We've had a Whirlpool Gold side by side, counter depth, with filtered ice and water for at least 10 years now. Not a single problem with it.
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whirlpool gold side by side, been through 2 ice makers maybe I got the lemon, but wouldn't buy again.
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