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« Reply #50 on: June 22, 2016, 12:15:40 PM »
We went to Best Buy and found a "dented" one and it was 50% off!  Nothing wrong with the thing unless you looked really really close.


This is absolutely the best way.  You just have to make sure you check frequently. Often the dents aren't even on the front so if you have an enclosure it won't show anyway. And if it is on the front, you can get creative with magnets and such to cover it up.

Stainless steel also adds several hundred dollars to the price of the fridge. If you check the sticker, you will often be able to see the price for black/white. Ours was $350 cheaper since we didn't go stainless.

Unfortunately for my wife and I, we had to get one almost immediately since ours went kablooie. We got it at Lowe's since they have next day delivery.

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« Reply #51 on: June 22, 2016, 12:19:50 PM »

Is there a "best" way to shop for a fridge?


Craigslist or a scratch & dent store.  Every fridge I have ever bought has come from one of these two places.  If you like the mid-range fridges, you can typically get a not very old one in decent working condition from craigslist, because someone with more money than sense is always remodeling their kitchen somewhere.  You might have to be patient though.

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« Reply #52 on: June 22, 2016, 12:23:46 PM »
Two points I haven't seen mentioned here; the ice/water maker in the front is less well insulated, so costs you more energy.  Also, my folks had an old (and seriously ugly) brown fridge; my dad took the doors off (and removed the hardware) and took them to a car painting place where they redid them white.   Fridge looked great again.

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« Reply #53 on: June 22, 2016, 12:25:02 PM »
A fridge with a built in ice maker requires more energy anyway, because the water lines inside the freezer require electric heat tape to keep them from freezing up.

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« Reply #54 on: June 22, 2016, 12:31:22 PM »
After years of keeping our 25-year old "normal" fridge going, my wife finally convinced me to buy one of those big, silver monstrosity's with double french doors, an ice maker that would make 374 different kinds of ice, and a bunch of other crap we don't need.

It had a 1-year warranty.  By 18 months, it had busted a water line (I fixed that) and it was making loud noises and "dripping" noises (never did figure out what that was).

I'll be shocked if the thing makes it to 5-years.

More bells and whistles just means more stuff to break.

But it sure do look purty- so nice and shiny.  It's going to make a great door stop in a couple of years.

Next time, we will get a "regular" refrigerator.

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« Reply #55 on: June 22, 2016, 12:59:34 PM »
A couple years ago, our next-door neighbors practically gave us a fancy freezer-on-bottom, french door fridge with ice maker and water dispenser.  We've had no problems with it, but despite being 6" wider than our boring fridge, it seems to be able to hold less food.  Maybe it's the fact that the shelves are split, so they can be at different heights on the two sides, or maybe it's the fact that the shelves are shallower.  But this fridge, which I'm certain was >$2k when new, is less functional as a fridge than our old one.  Yes, we use the ice maker and water dispenser all the time.  But if it were up to me, I'd stick with a simple fridge.

I just moved into a new place with one of these.  The water/ice feature is nice, but I'd rather have the old basic white model in my old apartment.  The one in the new place sticks out about six inches past the end of the counter and the arrangement of the shelves is awful -- only small section of the right side door that is tall enough to hold a milk container, for example.  Freezer space is supposedly larger, but also chopped up in a weird way and less practical.  When we buy our own place I will be getting a basic model fridge, not one of these side by side doodads....

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« Reply #56 on: June 22, 2016, 01:00:29 PM »
Lhamo, you may be able to reconfigure the shelves.

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« Reply #57 on: June 22, 2016, 02:01:26 PM »
I price-matched a refrigerator at Best Buy using the price from an internet dealer with lousy reviews, and signed up for Best Buy's credit card to get another 15% or so additional savings.

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« Reply #58 on: June 22, 2016, 03:37:16 PM »
Lhamo, you may be able to reconfigure the shelves.

Yeah, I probably could but for now it isn't worth the bother.  I just wanted to bitch about ridiculously large and poorly designed refrigerators, mostly :)

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« Reply #59 on: June 22, 2016, 11:55:08 PM »
Except that the microwave just went out. Would you believe $1200? Who in fuck's name pays that for a microwave? Fortunately, we found one on CL for $350. Still ain't cheap, but better than $1200. Oh yeah, it's 400 miles away from here, but we have to go that way anyway, so we'll pick it up, schlep it home and DH will install. Oy.
Heh heh, I thought I'd post an off-topic microwave update to my earlier somewhat off-topic response.

First, the guy in LA sold the replacement to someone else. (I don't blame him. Who the hell buys an appliance from so far away that isn't a scammer? I just hope he got his price.) I've been using a countertop model I freecycled to tide us over while we figured this out.

Well, the other day, someone absent-mindedly stuck something in there and turned it on. The damn thing worked! Our conclusion is that when cleaning the face of the microwave, moisture must have seeped into the sensor pad. The recent heat wave may have dried it out enough to work again. Whatever the reason, it works again! No money spent, no microwave in the landfill!

Now we're wondering how many other people this has happened to. So, if the panel on your microwave suddenly stops working, try a hair dryer, set on low, on the faceplate. Or wait for a heatwave. 'Cause of course we haven't turned the A/C on, right? Mustachianism saves the day once again.

That's great. I repaired many a microwave with a few cents worth of fuzes. Made a tidy profit off every single one, but never $1200.... I'm always shocked when people say "The microwave went out." and their first thought is  "Had to buy a new one."

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« Reply #60 on: June 23, 2016, 02:15:08 PM »
Except that the microwave just went out. Would you believe $1200? Who in fuck's name pays that for a microwave? Fortunately, we found one on CL for $350. Still ain't cheap, but better than $1200. Oh yeah, it's 400 miles away from here, but we have to go that way anyway, so we'll pick it up, schlep it home and DH will install. Oy.
Heh heh, I thought I'd post an off-topic microwave update to my earlier somewhat off-topic response.

First, the guy in LA sold the replacement to someone else. (I don't blame him. Who the hell buys an appliance from so far away that isn't a scammer? I just hope he got his price.) I've been using a countertop model I freecycled to tide us over while we figured this out.

Well, the other day, someone absent-mindedly stuck something in there and turned it on. The damn thing worked! Our conclusion is that when cleaning the face of the microwave, moisture must have seeped into the sensor pad. The recent heat wave may have dried it out enough to work again. Whatever the reason, it works again! No money spent, no microwave in the landfill!

Now we're wondering how many other people this has happened to. So, if the panel on your microwave suddenly stops working, try a hair dryer, set on low, on the faceplate. Or wait for a heatwave. 'Cause of course we haven't turned the A/C on, right? Mustachianism saves the day once again.

That's great. I repaired many a microwave with a few cents worth of fuzes. Made a tidy profit off every single one, but never $1200.... I'm always shocked when people say "The microwave went out." and their first thought is  "Had to buy a new one."

What kind of microwave costs 1200?!
When I go to lowe's the entire over range microwave section is like 200-400 for the nice stainless shiny ones?

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« Reply #61 on: June 24, 2016, 07:27:30 AM »
What kind of microwave costs 1200?!
Yup, that was part of my rant. It's a SS KitchenAid. It is built-in, over the counter (not over the stove) with a door that opens down, like a breadbox. One of the (first world) problems of buying a clown house is that they tend to be filled with clownish things*, like $1200 microwaves. Plus, it's fitted into a custom cabinet, so I would have had to replace it with something similar. So happy to have dodged that bullet.

*Speaking of which, the stove/oven combo went bonkers over the holidays and DH had to completely dismantle it and use $250 worth of (cheaply internet-sourced) parts to repair it  The original price on that sucker was $10k. Not a typo. What the what? Ten grand is a nice used car!

End of FWP appliance rant.

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« Reply #62 on: June 24, 2016, 08:09:30 AM »
Planning on applying for the Chase Sapphire and asking for it to be expedited right after our closing - will have to do a change of address and pick up the 10% Lowe's coupon, too, and then wait a few days for the card to show up and buy our fridge.

Figure that if we buy this fridge at $998 with a 10% off coupon (sales tax of 7%), with the $100 utilities rebate and the CSP rewards (if you spend $4k and add an authorized user you get 59k points, or about $590 worth of cash rewards for the first $4k spending) ends up being ~15% off. 

So actual cost of the fridge is: 998 * 1.07 * 0.9 * 0.85 = $817 but with the $100 rebate putting the final out of pocket total cost at $717. I can live with that.

Though I've seen a few places say that Lowe's doesn't do the moving coupon anymore..

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« Reply #63 on: June 24, 2016, 11:16:02 AM »

*Speaking of which, the stove/oven combo went bonkers over the holidays and DH had to completely dismantle it and use $250 worth of (cheaply internet-sourced) parts to repair it  The original price on that sucker was $10k. Not a typo. What the what? Ten grand is a nice used car!

End of FWP appliance rant.

Totally am with you on this.  Modern appliances, while sometimes (NOT ALWAYS!) are more energy efficient, really seem to have a design lifetime of damned near nothing. 

Cars had the same issues when we first started adding computerized gizmos to them and we eventually started figuring out how to do it in a manner that started lasting more than 4-5 years.  Appliances have not yet hit that stride yet.  More often than not, simpler is better.  I guarantee my 1951 stove cooks just as good (and probably better) than any $10k stove on the market today.

We built our house in 2012.  Everything (except the old stove) was new.  We've had issues that required repair or replacement on the dishwasher, the oven, the microwave, the washer and one of the garage door openers.

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« Reply #64 on: June 24, 2016, 11:20:16 AM »
We bought our not so fancy but fancy looking (Stainless steel finish) GE basic model fridge for $600 at Home Depot.

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« Reply #65 on: July 01, 2016, 10:24:44 AM »
Though I've seen a few places say that Lowe's doesn't do the moving coupon anymore..

Ender, not sure if you already did your plan and bought fridge but just a note on the mover's coupon.

So they no longer have a physical coupon in the packet that is at the post office... you actually need to fill out a change of address online, which costs $1, to get it. So I actually moved 4 months ago and when I did my change of address online it asked me afterward if I would like any coupons and had various offers which you could choose and one of them was lowes 10% off which was then emailed to me.

When my parents mentioned they were buying a new grill from lowes for father's day a few weeks ago I told them how I got my coupon... so we "moved" one of my younger siblings to my address and then canceled it right afterward and we got the coupon again... so $1 for a 10% off coupon still worked a few weeks ago.
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« Reply #66 on: July 01, 2016, 11:07:59 AM »

It's not as much a matching thing as a what-will-fit-in-the-damn-cabinet-hole thing. Ours is an utter clown house with over-the-top custom features throughout. It's not our forever home, so when we sell it, matching appliances are pretty much mandatory to the buyer at this price point. We bought it on a short sale and it's 3.5 blocks to DH's work, so we're just trying to be good stewards of the home until we're through with it.


I didn't see you say it in this thread but think about how long you will stay in the home.  If it will be a while it might be worth getting a cheaper one now and then upgrading to a matching one before you sell.

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« Reply #67 on: July 01, 2016, 08:57:21 PM »
Ender, not sure if you already did your plan and bought fridge but just a note on the mover's coupon.

So they no longer have a physical coupon in the packet that is at the post office... you actually need to fill out a change of address online, which costs $1, to get it. So I actually moved 4 months ago and when I did my change of address online it asked me afterward if I would like any coupons and had various offers which you could choose and one of them was lowes 10% off which was then emailed to me.

When my parents mentioned they were buying a new grill from lowes for father's day a few weeks ago I told them how I got my coupon... so we "moved" one of my younger siblings to my address and then canceled it right afterward and we got the coupon again... so $1 for a 10% off coupon still worked a few weeks ago.

Sweet, this is good to know - we did this in person today and didn't get one (and applied for an expedited CSP today too, hopefully will arrive early next week -- maybe tomorrow if we're super lucky???).

Local Lowe's says it's.... about a week before they could deliver and they do offer free delivery, so we'll see. That's... annoying.

We might call around since apparently they do free delivery within 75 miles. Which would be amusing if a further away one would deliver.

Also might just bite the bullet and go get the fridge tomorrow while we have a moving truck, too. Not sure if we want to wait a week to get a fridge, might be really nice to buy it and get it tomorrow while we have help too. And just figure out other ways to get to $4k spend for the CSP bonus...

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« Reply #68 on: July 01, 2016, 10:13:14 PM »

It's not as much a matching thing as a what-will-fit-in-the-damn-cabinet-hole thing. Ours is an utter clown house with over-the-top custom features throughout. It's not our forever home, so when we sell it, matching appliances are pretty much mandatory to the buyer at this price point. We bought it on a short sale and it's 3.5 blocks to DH's work, so we're just trying to be good stewards of the home until we're through with it.


I didn't see you say it in this thread but think about how long you will stay in the home.  If it will be a while it might be worth getting a cheaper one now and then upgrading to a matching one before you sell.

Haha, check out my update at the end of page one.

Tl;dr version: The fucker fixed itself! Hallelujah!

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« Reply #69 on: July 02, 2016, 03:06:01 AM »
Maybe moving coupons vary by state?  I moved twice in the past year, both within KY. Both times I filed the form online for free and got instant email coupons and a second set mailed to me. Both coupons were valid.


Though I've seen a few places say that Lowe's doesn't do the moving coupon anymore..

Ender, not sure if you already did your plan and bought fridge but just a note on the mover's coupon.

So they no longer have a physical coupon in the packet that is at the post office... you actually need to fill out a change of address online, which costs $1, to get it. So I actually moved 4 months ago and when I did my change of address online it asked me afterward if I would like any coupons and had various offers which you could choose and one of them was lowes 10% off which was then emailed to me.

When my parents mentioned they were buying a new grill from lowes for father's day a few weeks ago I told them how I got my coupon... so we "moved" one of my younger siblings to my address and then canceled it right afterward and we got the coupon again... so $1 for a 10% off coupon still worked a few weeks ago.

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« Reply #70 on: July 02, 2016, 08:05:16 AM »
Ender, not sure if you already did your plan and bought fridge but just a note on the mover's coupon.

So they no longer have a physical coupon in the packet that is at the post office... you actually need to fill out a change of address online, which costs $1, to get it. So I actually moved 4 months ago and when I did my change of address online it asked me afterward if I would like any coupons and had various offers which you could choose and one of them was lowes 10% off which was then emailed to me.

When my parents mentioned they were buying a new grill from lowes for father's day a few weeks ago I told them how I got my coupon... so we "moved" one of my younger siblings to my address and then canceled it right afterward and we got the coupon again... so $1 for a 10% off coupon still worked a few weeks ago.

Sweet, this is good to know - we did this in person today and didn't get one (and applied for an expedited CSP today too, hopefully will arrive early next week -- maybe tomorrow if we're super lucky???).

Local Lowe's says it's.... about a week before they could deliver and they do offer free delivery, so we'll see. That's... annoying.

We might call around since apparently they do free delivery within 75 miles. Which would be amusing if a further away one would deliver.

Also might just bite the bullet and go get the fridge tomorrow while we have a moving truck, too. Not sure if we want to wait a week to get a fridge, might be really nice to buy it and get it tomorrow while we have help too. And just figure out other ways to get to $4k spend for the CSP bonus...

It is very big I recommend taking the free delivery unless you have an appliance dolly and 2 big/strong people. I was going to pick mine up with my trailer so I could get it a couple days sooner but once they brought it out for me and I saw it on the pallet I decided to change to delivery because it was HUGE.

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« Reply #71 on: July 03, 2016, 05:27:45 PM »
It is very big I recommend taking the free delivery unless you have an appliance dolly and 2 big/strong people. I was going to pick mine up with my trailer so I could get it a couple days sooner but once they brought it out for me and I saw it on the pallet I decided to change to delivery because it was HUGE.

We're definitely going to do delivery. Lowe's will do everything but connect the water (liability thing apparently for them) for free as part of buying it. Just have to get the connectors.


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« Reply #72 on: July 05, 2016, 11:36:03 AM »
You can get a 10% off coupon from mycheapcoupons.com for like $2 if you can't get one from the post office.

Delivery is the way to go.  That way, they're responsible for getting it hooked up and making sure it works.  We moved our big side-by side to our current house and it was a huge PITA, even though I have a horse trailer with a nice ramp, and we have a great dolly that supports loads at 45 degrees.  Let them figure out how to get it through doors/up stairs, etc.

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« Reply #73 on: July 05, 2016, 12:00:52 PM »
You know, I have certain luxury cravings that I just can't shake, but fancy appliances aren't one of them. I moved into my house in 1999 and bought a Kenmore basic fridge for $400.  17 years later and it is still going strong.  I broke one of the shelves while cleaning it and had to get it replaced, but otherwise, it has held up great.  It keeps things cold and that is it.  My mil, while very frugal in other ways, loves the fancy appliances.  She got a stainless fridge with an ice maker and the filtered water that comes out of the door.  Both broke a few years later.  She also has a super fancy washer and dryer - I think they cost $3-4K for the set.  I have the cheapest model money can buy - maybe both were $1k total.  They clean my clothes just fine. 

The dishwasher I have is the exception and was the one lemon purchase I made.  It was a really cheap one and it just doesn't clean the dishes very well.  I clean the filter every week or so and it still leaves residue in the cups.  I use mine heavily, running it once or twice a day. 

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« Reply #74 on: July 05, 2016, 01:38:55 PM »
You can get a 10% off coupon from mycheapcoupons.com for like $2 if you can't get one from the post office.

Delivery is the way to go.  That way, they're responsible for getting it hooked up and making sure it works.  We moved our big side-by side to our current house and it was a huge PITA, even though I have a horse trailer with a nice ramp, and we have a great dolly that supports loads at 45 degrees.  Let them figure out how to get it through doors/up stairs, etc.

I did the change of address online, which gave me a coupon (which we're going to put to great effect buying all the house stuff we want to get at Lowe's).

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« Reply #75 on: July 05, 2016, 03:12:23 PM »

It's not as much a matching thing as a what-will-fit-in-the-damn-cabinet-hole thing. Ours is an utter clown house with over-the-top custom features throughout. It's not our forever home, so when we sell it, matching appliances are pretty much mandatory to the buyer at this price point. We bought it on a short sale and it's 3.5 blocks to DH's work, so we're just trying to be good stewards of the home until we're through with it.


I didn't see you say it in this thread but think about how long you will stay in the home.  If it will be a while it might be worth getting a cheaper one now and then upgrading to a matching one before you sell.

Haha, check out my update at the end of page one.

Tl;dr version: The fucker fixed itself! Hallelujah!

That's awesome!!

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« Reply #76 on: July 11, 2016, 06:32:19 PM »
I did the change of address online, which gave me a coupon (which we're going to put to great effect buying all the house stuff we want to get at Lowe's).

Lessons learned:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred card has a 3% cash back if you use their online store (instead of 1%). I found this out... after I bought everything at Lowes
  • You get a paper coupon and an electronic one if you fill out the address change

I sent Chase customer service an email asking if they could credit me the extra bonus points, since I spent something like $1300 (and could have done so online had I realized it).

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« Reply #77 on: July 11, 2016, 07:22:18 PM »
I did the change of address online, which gave me a coupon (which we're going to put to great effect buying all the house stuff we want to get at Lowe's).

Lessons learned:

  • Chase Sapphire Preferred card has a 3% cash back if you use their online store (instead of 1%). I found this out... after I bought everything at Lowes
  • You get a paper coupon and an electronic one if you fill out the address change

I sent Chase customer service an email asking if they could credit me the extra bonus points, since I spent something like $1300 (and could have done so online had I realized it).

Lowe's has a credit card - 5% cash back on purchases made in their store. Probably would have been worth signing up for, at that much money spent.

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« Reply #78 on: July 11, 2016, 08:25:29 PM »
Lowe's has a credit card - 5% cash back on purchases made in their store. Probably would have been worth signing up for, at that much money spent.

The CSP card I signed up for to make this is going to be about 15% cash back - for the first $4000 in spending and the 55k bonus points (50k bonus, 5k authorized user, and the 4k points for spending 4k), you get $590 in cash rewards.

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« Reply #79 on: July 11, 2016, 08:38:46 PM »
I just have to chime in as this may be the only time in MMM-Forum history that I'm the least spendy-pants person in a thread : )

Kitchen fridge is a '65 GE in turquoise...might have given $100 for it some years ago. Drink fridge is a '52 Coldspot, free. Freezer is a pre-war design Deep Freeze cylinder from an estate sale (best $50 I ever spent). All are solid, quiet, well-insulated, repairable and use practically nothing for electricity as they're all pre-frost-free. People have a hard time accepting that, but the Kill-a-watt data helps. -C

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« Reply #80 on: July 11, 2016, 10:26:06 PM »
I just have to chime in as this may be the only time in MMM-Forum history that I'm the least spendy-pants person in a thread : )

Kitchen fridge is a '65 GE in turquoise...might have given $100 for it some years ago. Drink fridge is a '52 Coldspot, free. Freezer is a pre-war design Deep Freeze cylinder from an estate sale (best $50 I ever spent). All are solid, quiet, well-insulated, repairable and use practically nothing for electricity as they're all pre-frost-free. People have a hard time accepting that, but the Kill-a-watt data helps. -C

I can still beat your usage with a modern fridge, simply by cutting & capping the frost heater circuit.

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« Reply #81 on: July 11, 2016, 10:42:39 PM »
Bought a plain white Whirlpool 18 cubic foot for $500 new in 1992.  Still runs great

My utility is replacing pre 1992 appliances... for free.

I replaced a 1983 model with a new Energy Star model... for free.

Estimated energy savings are $130/yr.

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #82 on: July 12, 2016, 11:19:38 AM »
MoonShadow, not sure if you're joking or not but that would quickly render your modern fridge inop and likely trip out your compressor (assuming they're still using resettable OCPD's on comps these days, less you'd really be in it). Ignoring the fact today's fridges have plastic lined freezers and lack defrost drains, the systems are just not up to the task of overcoming the frost accumulation that builds up in a humid environment without some sort of 'assist'.

Granted, it's not all sunshine and lollipops as I do have to manually defrost them once in a while, but for $2/mo running cost I'm not going to complain.

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #83 on: July 12, 2016, 11:29:00 AM »
Im surprised to hear that people like the french door design on fridges.  My in-laws have one like that, and I find it maddening.  Unless you have a shockingly good memory as to which side you put something in the fridge (and no one has moved it!), then you end up needing to open both sides to look inside.  The design drives me nuts!

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #84 on: July 12, 2016, 12:58:45 PM »
Ok, we will need a fridge starting July 1st or so (closing then and don't have a fridge).

It seems that:

  • Most are absurdly fancy and overpriced (do people really buy the $2k+ ones?)
  • Variation on prices is +/- 50% for the same model
  • Something is always heavily discounted

Is there a "best" way to shop for a fridge? We're going to try to sign up for the Chase 50k rewards card before committing to a purchase. Ideally find a fridge which has a scratch or blemish, I guess. Not very many stores locally that have refrigerators though.

Strategy so far was look at stuff in stores then go online and find good prices. Looks like Goedekers is going to kill the stores in pricing. I like the french door ones and this one at $1,068.99 seems reasonable enough.


Is there a better way? It feels like a racket.

Go to energystar.gov and see if you can get a rebate.

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #85 on: July 12, 2016, 02:35:58 PM »
Our 11 yo fridge died over the 4th so we had to buy a new one. We went to Sears scratch and dent and got a stainless french door with freezer on bottom for 1380.00.  Instead of putting the water and ice in the door it is in the freezer and fridge so I guess they don't break as often.  When our last ones broke we just did without those features. I love the French doors.  You don't go into the freezer that often so having it on the bottom is perfect.   

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #86 on: July 12, 2016, 06:54:33 PM »
MoonShadow, not sure if you're joking or not but that would quickly render your modern fridge inop and likely trip out your compressor

Nope.  I've done it.  The defrost circuit is just a long heater wire.  If your fridge has a computer, it might complain about it, but it should still work.  You'd be surprised how many ways common appliances can be modified...

https://firstbuild.com/

http://www.lvl1.org/

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #87 on: July 12, 2016, 06:57:18 PM »
Our 11 yo fridge died over the 4th so we had to buy a new one. We went to Sears scratch and dent and got a stainless french door with freezer on bottom for 1380.00.  Instead of putting the water and ice in the door it is in the freezer and fridge so I guess they don't break as often.  When our last ones broke we just did without those features. I love the French doors.  You don't go into the freezer that often so having it on the bottom is perfect.   

That seems very expensive, you paid $400 more than ours was for a brand new one?

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #88 on: July 12, 2016, 08:09:43 PM »
Moonshadow, more power to ya! Another recommendation is to replace the (usually shaded-pole for cost reasons) evaporator fan motor with a high efficiency type. Not an option for me as my fridges don't have fans, but one of my hobbies is collecting and restoring appliances and it's a popular conversion.

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #89 on: July 12, 2016, 09:45:17 PM »
MoonShadow, not sure if you're joking or not but that would quickly render your modern fridge inop and likely trip out your compressor

Nope.  I've done it.  The defrost circuit is just a long heater wire.  If your fridge has a computer, it might complain about it, but it should still work.  You'd be surprised how many ways common appliances can be modified...

https://firstbuild.com/

http://www.lvl1.org/

I've never even considered that it might be possible to modify appliances... seems that I've missed out.

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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #90 on: July 12, 2016, 11:28:25 PM »
MoonShadow, not sure if you're joking or not but that would quickly render your modern fridge inop and likely trip out your compressor

Nope.  I've done it.  The defrost circuit is just a long heater wire.  If your fridge has a computer, it might complain about it, but it should still work.  You'd be surprised how many ways common appliances can be modified...

https://firstbuild.com/

http://www.lvl1.org/

I've never even considered that it might be possible to modify appliances... seems that I've missed out.

Yes, hardware hacking really is a thing.  Some of the mods are downright useful, but most are just gimmicky, to be honest. 

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« Reply #91 on: July 12, 2016, 11:33:26 PM »
That's one of the reasons I love this forum!

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« Reply #92 on: July 13, 2016, 04:52:24 AM »
We went to Best Buy and found a "dented" one and it was 50% off!  Nothing wrong with the thing unless you looked really really close.

I, too, get all my appliances at the Sears "ding and dent" place...seems to be a popular option in this thread.
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Re: Refrigerators... why... just why
« Reply #93 on: July 13, 2016, 05:04:53 PM »
Ender: it was a 2k refrigerator and it was new. It just had a small dent on the side.