Refrigerator brands and longevity

Jason in CA

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Well, I have an appointment Saturday for the ice maker freezing up in my Samsung fridge. I've looked into it and it's apparently a common problem. I looked more into it and it seems someone is trying to get a class action suit going because of this. Like I said, the companies know about the issues. Their game plan is to wait out the warranty then wash their hands of the problems.

Why am I having problems with a Samsung fridge. Because after several warranty repairs on my five year old Kenmore I decided to try again when the Kenmore warranty I bought ended. Now it looks like I will be seeing if I can extend the warranty on the Samsung warranty before I go and drop another 3 to4K on a fridge.

I'm starting to think you need two. One to use while the other is getting fixed. Alternating between them as they go down.
 

JKalchik

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Well, I have an appointment Saturday for the ice maker freezing up in my Samsung fridge. I've looked into it and it's apparently a common problem. I looked more into it and it seems someone is trying to get a class action suit going because of this.
There's already at least 1 class action certified and in process over it.
 

Clint

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crazy how all this works. My washer/dryer set from ~16 years ago are still going strong - only things that have been fixed on them was I had a drill bit get sucked into the pump which I found/removed & it's been good since, & I replaced the start button on the dryer.

My LG dishwasher lasted ~1 year before I decided to chuck it, Probably should've repaired it, liked it a lot more than my new Bosch. The new Bosch (6-8 months old) got an E25 error code 2 nights ago (plugged pump or ?) so I watched a youtube video, downloaded a manual, popped a cover to see the impeller, freed it (coffee bean or popcorn kernel I think).

I have a samsung stove & like it (7 years), LG fridge (4 years), Kitchenaid convection/microwave. They're all fine I think. Hard to believe any brands are that much better than others, but wish me luck with mine - I need it.
 

Jason in CA

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The fridge repair man just left. He put in a new "upgraded" ice maker and auger that is supposed to cure the problems. I've got my fingers and toes crossed. And still wondering if I should pay more toextend the warranty. Here's hoping.
 

JKalchik

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Did he fix the water line (Y-clip, I think) issue? Caulk along the inside of the ice maker cavity against the refrigerator wall.

Buying extended warranties is like playing blackjack in a casino. Over the long haul, the house or the insurance company will take in more than they pay out, although in the immediate case, you may come out ahead. Every repair guy I've talked to said don't buy the extended warranties.
 

MikeCantell

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They have a service kit at a pretty reasonable cost, comes with the icemaker the clip kit a new drain tube that goes on the auger assembly and a new control board, also the fill tube coming from the back needs adjusted properly, some still have issues, this is about the last thing that can be done other than sealing all the way around the ice room. now this kit is only for the fridges that the ice room is a separate part of the liner,the ice rooms that are molded as part of the liner have none of these issues and normally just a bad icemaker or board. the kits are very model/ age of manufacture date specific as the boards change during production upgrades. hope its fixed.
 

Jason in CA

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Nothing was done to the lines, and no caulking was done. Only replaced the ice maker and auger with "updated ones. I did see a difference in one of the auger tubes. But couldn't see anything different about the ice maker. Caulking seemed to be a go to for many of the repairs I was seeing on the model I have but they didn't do it. All I can do now is wait to see if it is frosting and freezing up again. I know after I thawed it out it worked fine for a while. So I'm sure even without the new parts it will work for a bit because they had to thaw it to replace things.
 

MikeCantell

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The icemaker fill cup had a slot cut out of the very end of it so it didn't touch the fill tube when being put in, the new is a solid part to stop over flowing
 

Jeff Boudman

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I have a 20 year old Whirlpool that has worked like a champ with zero problems. I can’t decide whether I want to replace it before I have problems or buy a freezer and put the freezer in the garage. I can put frozen items in the freezer and I’d be worry free. Also, I can store sale items in the freezer.
Anyway, does storing the freezer in the garage shorten the life span?
 

MikeCantell

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a freezer will pretty much work any where as long as the high temps stay in a certain range, refridges on the other hand will run on fresh food temps of 36-42 .always read if a unit is rated for unheated spaces don't trust a sales person to know., if a garage is in the 50's stuff in the freezer may not stay frozen, 0-5 is normal freezer temps. a lot of the newer bottom mounts will run the freezer temps down to keep stuff frozen . my 30 year old Amana runs on freezer temps and the fresh food temps are controlled with a old style auto air damper, works great. tried to look 1 up for a customer the other day and said NLA so if mine breaks I maybe SOL lol
 

Steve Petrone

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All this stuff is too dad gum complicated. Cool it/freeze it. Period.
Think how simple the cooling precess is-now we use our phone to control everything.
Same goes for washers and dryers. My 27 y.o. works fine.
Even a cheap oven has phone 'capability'! Who cares?
 

JimK

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What is garage ready?

EDIT
I just looked it up. I never knew about that.
We have a spare fridge that spent the first 7 years of it's 12 year (so far) life in the garage at our old house. It was just fine except when the weather got VERY cold. During those times, the freezer apparently didn't run. With garage temps in the 40's, everything thawed out.
 

JKalchik

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And now that this has come back around on the guitar.....

The one we picked turned out to be out of stock a little over a month ago, but due to having a [semi-]operational refrigerator, we decided to wait for the scheduled delivery. And amazingly enough, got a delivery confirmation this week that I should have it on Friday. <crosses fingers>
 

JKalchik

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<grumble> Just got a call from the manufacturer's delivery agent that it's been pushed back to May 8 for delivery (no surprise there.) Dealer apparently couldn't be bothered to let me know about the change in date.
 

JKalchik

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Just snuck in under the covers to discover that delivery has been pushed back from May 8 to May 15. Let's see how it takes them to actually NOTIFY me. I really want to get rid of this steaming pile of Samsung offal.
 

LMichaels

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What is wrong with the Samsung? My brother has one and absolutely loves it. It even survived when his house was hit by lightning about 4 years ago, went up in flames burning off nearly the entire 2nd floor, and all the water damage, exposure and so on. When he had the house rebuilt they cleaned off the soot, there was a couple small dents from the debris falling on it as the 2nd floor burned off, and still works perfectly to this day. He's never once had a lick of trouble
 

JKalchik

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Multiple design flaws leading to a continual need to manually defrost both the icemaker and refrigerator compartments (about every 7-10 days now.) The icemaker frost issue alone has a couple of class action lawsuits going. Given how Samsung has designed and built this, I'll tar & feather all of Samsung with their issues.
 

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