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Old 05-22-06, 06:56 PM
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Refrigerator: repair or replace

My refrigerator started acting up a few weeks ago. I turned it down and it seemd fine, but a few days ago started warming up again.

Now I have it turned all the way down and max cooling to the fridge side and it only maintains 50 degrees.

I've cleaned the coils etc, it is blowing cool air inside. It's 10 years old and everyone I've asked says they don't last much longer, get a new one.

I hate the idea of spending $1000, but don't want to waste $200 to repair it and have it go in another year.

Any thoughts?
Old 05-22-06, 06:58 PM
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I have them repaired all the time. Sounds like a thermostat, and that is pretty easy to have fixed. You shouldn't be out any more than $200 with labor.
Old 05-22-06, 07:32 PM
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Is that something I could replace myself?
Old 05-22-06, 11:14 PM
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It all depends. I had my old "second" fridge die earlier in the year. I went to the local Sears 'Scratch and Dent' place, and found a great deal on a fridge with a ding in the door that was brand new, delivered for $360...original price was near $700...This is kept in my garage so a dent in it was fine...
Old 05-23-06, 12:20 AM
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They don't last much longer, get a new one.

I bought a new fridge a couple of months ago, a Kenmore with side by side doors with ice / water in the door. Cost was ~ $800 on sale, plus I have no interest / no payments for 12 months (I'm putting the money into mutual funds in the meantime - I also bought a new stove at the same time, ~ $1,400 total).
Old 05-23-06, 07:28 AM
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Don't dump money into a 10 year old fridge unless you can't afford to buy a new one right now.

Buy a new one.
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i would replace it as you could end up spending alot of money on fixing it only for something else to go wrong , besides to get 10 years out of it is good really, they dont make things like they used to !!
Old 05-23-06, 07:44 AM
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Also factor in that a new refrigerator will probably be more energy efficient than a 10 year old one.
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Originally Posted by nevermind
Also factor in that a new refrigerator will probably be more energy efficient than a 10 year old one.
Bingo!
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If you do decide to buy a new one, I urge you to consider a model with the freezer in the bottom. You will need space -- these usually come in 20 to 22 CF only -- but they are much more energy efficient than conventional top-freezer models and WAY more than side by sides. Also, having the refrigerator at eye level makes more sense -- you get into it more often than the freezer. It's also easier when it's time to clean it out!

P.S. And yes -- I *did* used to sell appliances.
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We are going to buy a french door, freezer on the bottom one when we move into our new house.
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My parents had a second fridge in the basement that was there when I was born 39 years ago, so at that point it was already probably 10 or 12 years old. I left it in the basement when I sold their house. I went back to visit around Mother's Day and the fridge is still being used. The new owner's like it because it keeps the beer ice cold. Sucker must be at least 50 or 60 years old and is still going strong. Go figure.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
Sucker must be at least 50 or 60 years old and is still going strong.
Is it a Norge? Those old Norges seemed to last for decades.
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Originally Posted by logrus9
Is that something I could replace myself?
Probably not, unless you just want to have some fun. Most guys can repair them in 20 minutes or so. The ones that I have replaced generally don't ever go bad again. It probably depends on how long you plan on being there, etc.
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I wonder what our newest member HomeTips has to say about this.
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Funny you mention that nevermind....lol....My parents had a bottom freezer and they sold it because my younger brother crawled in it and closed himself in it.Scared the shit out of my Mom and it was gone.

Thanks nevermind!
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how many years apart are you and your brother?
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Originally Posted by mosquitobite
how many years apart are you and your brother?
They used to be 3 years apart, now they're about 12.
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Originally Posted by Numanoid
They used to be 3 years apart, now they're about 12.
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Nice! The comedy never stops around here, and neither does the hi-jacking of what is intended to be useful threads. Every forum has there whores and spammers, but there are a few here that go above and beyond their call.Keep it up kids!

Peace!
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Welcome to Otter, newjack.

Oops, sorry, let me fix that. Goodbye, "excutive".

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Old 05-24-06, 08:33 AM
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Originally Posted by HomeTips
Nice! The comedy never stops around here, and neither does the hi-jacking of what is intended to be useful threads. Every forum has there whores and spammers, but there are a few here that go above and beyond their call.Keep it up kids!

Peace!

I was just wondering, how do I tell if I am a whore or a spammer?

On Topic: My next fridge will be a freezer bottom, but my current fridge is only 4 years old, so I probably have to wait several more until it breaks.
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My grandmother still has an old refrigerator with the large V-shaped handle in the center that can open from either side. She uses it as a second fridge in the basement.
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i personally don't like the bottom freezers because I think the railing to hold the food takes away too much space. my mom had a bottom freezer and something like half the space was useless.
Old 05-29-06, 11:05 AM
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After reading everything I figured it was worth it to at least haveit looked at. I lucked out and it was a bad thermostat. $167 total.

Since I heard so many times that most don't last past 10 years, I'll assume I'll need one in the next few years.

Thanks for all of the input.

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