Refrigerator Questions and Answers - Most interesting and relevant questions sent through our Contact Us page are answered below
RE: You should set your freezer to -2 degrees Fahrenheit (-20°C) or lower for proper ice maker operation.
You can check if the door seals are OK by putting a piece (sheet) of paper in the gap. when you close the door, the piece of paper should be quite hard to pull out.
Perhaps you have a dud unit? I suggest you go ask the store where you bought it about standard amount of ice this unit should produce.
Before doing that, check this Samsung troubleshooting guide and try the "standard" frost troubleshooting procedure:
• Is the air vent blocked? Remove any obstructions so air can circulate freely.
• Allow sufficient space between the foods stored for efficient air circulation.
• Is the Freezer drawer closed properly?
RE: While most Sears Kenmore branded refrigerators are made by Whirlpool, it seems this particular door-in-door model is mabe by LG. The Kenmore Elite 31 cu. ft. French-Door Grab-N-Go Bottom-Freezer Refrigerator looks more or less exactly the same as LG LFX31945ST. The only noticeable difference is dispenser controls (on top of dispenser on LG, on the left side on Kenmore). I have not found any similar model by other manufacurers.
RE: The Danby DFF501WDD does not seem to have easy glide... (It is not listed among features). Price range is $700-$800, can go below $700 with discount. You can call 1-800-26-DANBY (1-800-263-2629) and there is a Danby reseller in Silver Spring:
13866 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906
RE: You must understand that people are much, much more inclined to "rate" a fridge if they are unsatisfied with it. There might be 10.000 satisfied customers and only 10 not satisfied, but you might see only 3 positve reviews and 5 negative ones... I'd say give this refrigerator a try - you do have the 30 day money back guarantee after all.
RE: Could be several things... Perhaps the air vents between fridge and freezer parts are blocked?
RE: Does it have a fan? Sounds like a fan problem... Used to have an old chest freezer that made such noises - the fan bearings were the culprit...
RE: Liebherr has several 4 and 5 temperature zones 48" side by side refrigerators. One of them is this model:
Liebherr Premium Plus SBS20H1 Built In Side By Side Refrigerator
18.7 cu. ft. 48" Four door built-in Fully Integrated Side by Side Refrigerator
RE: No, sorry. Either contact Liebherr or get an experienced technician to help - I assume more or less all Liebherr fridges have the same connection terminals. Perhaps the store you bought it from can help?
RE: As far as we know, only LG made such a model but it seems to be discontinued. I am not sure if a replacement model is available in Norway. You should check with a LG dealer.
RE: Sorry, never heard of that brand or product line name...
RE: I think either of those models is a good choice. As far as quality goes, most appliances today are no longer built to last 20+ years as they used to be (the reality of new "economics"). Perhaps the very expensive brands, but who can guarantee that? The best thing to do is to buy an appliance with 5 years warranty. Some manufacturers also give 10 years warranty on the compressor. I think you can expect most fridges to last ~10 years - but that's an average. If you are unlucky, yours can die after 7 years and another maybe lasts 15+ years.
PS: this is more like a pet project, not exactly getting rich here ;-)
RE: Anti bacterial seem to be quite a hot topic. I took a picture of a BOSCH refrigerator with a sticker that says "Anti Bacteria With natural silver".
Looks like most Bosch refrigerators have silver coatings. Same is true for Siemens, since Bosch & Siemens appliances are brands of BSH (Bosch Siemens Hausgeraete). A search of refrigerator database of refrigeratorexpert.com reveals not a lot of refrigerators have specifically declared whether they have anti bacterial coatings or not, but our sources say most of them have...
The thing I would do is to buy a refrigerator that has a declaration not to have anti bacterial coatings. The only model declared NOT to have antibacterial coating is this Bosch:
Bosch Integra B36ET71SNS French Door Refrigerator without Anti Bacterial coating
The models declared to have some Anti Bacterial Features mostly come from LG with some Blomberg & Smeg models...
LG LBC22520SB 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
LG LDC22720SW 22.4 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
LG LFC20760SW 19.7 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator, Ice Maker
LG LFC23760SB 22.6 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator, Ice Maker
Smeg FAB28UX 9.22 cu ft Top Freezer Refrigerator Silver
Blomberg BRFB1150 11.7 cu. ft. Bottom Freezer Refrigerator
RE: No, sorry. The sheet with drawings & panel dimensions should be included with refrigerator documentation.
RE: No, sorry. Let me know if you find out :-)
RE: Never saw one, sorry. Some (mostly small, dorm room type) fridges have internal beverage can dispensers, but I do not know of one with external access door.
RE: We do not actually sell refrigerators, just provide information. You can check about Avanti refrigerators here.
RE: Yes, they do exist. Mostly by Thermador (Freedom Collection T18IF800SP, Freedom Collection T18ID800XP), Northland (18AFW, 18AFS) or Miele (Independence F1411, Independence F1471).
RE: This french door model should fit: LG LDC22720
RE: Check here: www.antiquevintageappliances.com
RE: Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances are only sold by authorized distributors & resellers. You can find their showroom locations here:
Sub-Zero & Wolf Locations
RE: I think the side vent models are not really designed to be put next to cabinetry, wall or any other item which would block the vents. If you need to put the refrigerator next to cabinetry, you should definitely buy the front vent model.
RE: Yes, we can recommend following freezerless refrigerator / upright freezers combination:
Frigidaire Professional FPRH19D7LF all refrigerator
Frigidaire Professional FPUH19D7LF upright freezer
RE: Yes, it can. AFAIK, the complete refrigerator "internals" need to be changed - compressor, thermostat, condenser & evaporator coils - and the cost is quite high. I think this is economically viable only when restoring a valuable, vintage refrigerator. You can check and ask for a quote here.
RE: Based on information we have, our conclusion is the same as yours: Maytag top freezer refrigerators have humidity controlled crisper, but none of the bottom freezer models has this feature.
RE: There was a Maytag refrigerator recall in 2009 - you can check the details here.
RE: Check out Samsung RF197ACRS - it should meet your space restrictions.
RE: I assume this actually IS the same refrigerator, with probably only minor details (and branding) being different. Hard to tell which one to get - I'd say the one you can get cheaper...
RE: Refrigerators are designed for different environment specs. The minimum safe temperature for SN Class fridge is 10°C (50F) and for N class fridge 16°C (60F). You should try to maintain at least 10°C (50F).
RE: Might be either the fan or compressor that is running continuously. Might be electronics related problem since this fridge has electronic controls. Even if your refrigerator was only covered by one year limited warranty, the compressor and sealed refrigeration system are covered by five and ten years limited warranties. You should contact KitchenAid service - in US call 1-800-422-1230, in Canada call 1-800-807-6777.
RE: I am not familiar with this particular KitchenAid KFCS22EVMS problem. Suggest you call KitchenAid service - 1-800-422-1230 in US.
RE: Try removing fruits and vegetables from the bags. Hope you are not using plastic bags? Condensation always forms inside those.
RE: Your Whirlpool ED2KHAXVS has total capacity of 21.8 cu. ft., height 66 3/4". You can try the following LG refrigerator - it is very quiet due to LoDecibel Quiet Operation system:
LG LSC23924SB: 23 cu. ft., height: 66 3/4"
Following refrigerators also fit your criteria. They are all stainless steel, side by side with external ice & water dispenser:
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RE: Short answer: you can, but it is not recommended.
The problem is oil from the compressor, which might get into refrigerant lines and block them by not returning back to the compressor when the fridge is put upright again.
If you do it, allow enough time (= over night) for the oil to flow back before turning the refrigerator on.
I suggest you only do this if:
1. Your refrigerator is old & not worth much (but still working) and you do not mind replacing it if needed.
2. The shipping crate has instructions and a marked side, to which the fridge can be moved.
You can read an excellent guide here:
Can a fridge be moved to it's side?
RE: Actually, most mid-range and practically all high end refrigerators have electronic temperature controls with exact temperature displayed on LCD. You can also set the desired temperature very precisely - up to single degree. Most such fridges have more than one temperature zone (usually at least the freezer and refrigerator part) and you can set each zone's temperature independently from other zones.
The refrigerator you are referring to still uses a mechanical thermostat, where you can set the desired temperature only approximately. Some of them are however fairly accurate. You can set the desired temperature by using a thermometer: set the fridge for instance on "4", wait a couple of hours and check the thermometer. Then set it on "5" and do the same. This way you can map the thermostat numbers to actual temperatures.
RE: You might check the website listed below. They specialize in antique refrigerators and stoves:
RE: Suggest you consider buying a new refrigerator. You can contact Hoover service dept., but I assume the cost of such "repair" (if at all possible) would be higher than buying a new fridge. You must understand refrigerators do not consist of just the "cabinet" and "motor" (compressor). They are made on assembly line and the labor cost alone of transferring the "internals" to a new cabinet would be prohibitive. Also, the "cabinet" also has cooling lines, electrical lines, etc. embedded, which can not be transferred to a new "empty" cabinet.
RE: The Universal Product Code (UPC) is simply the bar code sticker on the package with unique product code - each product in the store has a different code, but all of the same products (in this case same model refrigerators) have the same code.
In your place I'd try to solve this with the store clerk first (or their supervisor) - it was after all their fault; they did not have the forms and forgot to tell you to also keep the UPC not just the receipt. They might provide an UPC from another box or contact the manufacturer on your behalf.
RE: Might be one of several things, but since the fridge part seems to cool OK, I assume the thermostat, compressor & cooling circuits are OK. Perhaps the defrost heater in the freezer part is broken and is turned on continuously (instead of just for short time to melt the ice) increasing the freezer temperature? You can also try cleaning the condenser coils and/or fan on the back of the fridge - they might be clogged with dust and dirt.
Due to the refrigerator's age I would seriously consider buying a new, energy efficient Energy Star Qualified unit. You might get a substantial rebate by recycling the old fridge, plus you will save a lot on electricity and do some good for the environment.
If defrost heater is indeed stuck to "always on" it might present a fire risk.
RE: I would split this in half:
1. Check if the water flows from the line without connecting the fridge. If not, the problem is not in the fridge. 2. If 1.) is OK, the problem is in the fridge I am not aware of any special procedure for this LG refrigerator to make the water flow. I'd contact the store first, then LG service.
RE: Suggest you contact a carpenter first - they might be able to modify the panels you have.
RE: Most Kenmore brand refrigerators are made by Whirlpool, but some are also made by non-US manufacturers like LG, Electrolux,... The screw in question might indeed be metric, but it can also be torx, which is similar to hex/allen, but requires a completely different tool. See here:
RE: Since the ice maker is in itself a kind of small freezer, I assumed no freezerless refrigerator with ice maker exists, but I was wrong.
I did find one model, but as expected, it is not a normal full-size fridge but an undercounter unit, intended mostly as bar fridge.
Anyway, you can check if it suits your needs here:
GE Monogram ZIBS240PSS
RE: While I do not have first hand experience with this particular model, I think according to specification this is a state of the art fridge - with cool LED lighting instead of hot incandescent bulb and Energy Star rated - this implies it has a modern compressor, which should be whisper quiet.
As for your old fridge: every compressor creates some vibration and sometimes a part of the fridge (= a pipe, condenser, evaporator,...) might come into contact with the compressor to create noise. Sometimes a simple small piece of foam in the right place might do miracles :)
RE: This particular fridge does not have a water dispenser. It does not have a water filter either. What it does have is an air filter - to keep the internal fridge environment free of dust, etc.
RE: A full size 18" refrigerator is quite hard to find. The largest one (10.3 cu ft) is Northland:
Northland 18TFWS, Stainless Steel Door
Northland 18TFWB, Black Door Panel
Northland 18TFWP, Panel Ready Door
RE: The red fridge is a generic image, but you can try:
Best Mini Fridge
RE: You are correct, I also could not find a more technical description. They claim the technology also sterilizes food, so I'd assume there is also a UV light source in there (might be UV LED's).
If you do find something more, do let me know, I'm curious too :)
RE: Exact dimensions of the cabinet and panel as well as any cutout or hole positions should be found in the documentation that comes with the refrigerator.
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RE: I'd suggest Electrolux or their other brand - Frigidaire:
LG's models with linear compressor are also very quiet:
And of course, there is always the Rolls-Royce of refrigeration - Liebherr:
RE: Sorry, but we can not help you here. I guess you will need to find an authorized Samsung service center.
RE: I am not sure about KitchenAid, but normally the panels should be either made by a carpenter or provided by the kitchen manufacturer, so they can exactly match your kitchen cabinets.
For instance, when I bought my kitchen, I provided exact part numbers for built in appliances to the kitchen manufacturer (refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.) and they delivered me the panels that exactly fit the said appliances.
RE: It is not an easy task finding a "normal" fridge with your size constrains :)
Most of the non-compact size fridges are either too tall, too deep or both.
LG LSC23924ST side by side fridge might be suitable, although it is slightly higher and a bit deeper.
LG LRBP1031T bottom freezer might fit also, but it has considerably smaller capacity:
RE: The french door style fridge without dispenser is quite hard to find :)
The only one I found is LG LFC21776ST. It's a "classic" 3 door french door; depth with handles is only 30".
It is available at Trail Appliances and on Amazon.com
RE: I do not know about the Maytag, but the Samsung RF217ACRS gets a lot of favorable reviews.
RE: You can check this site to see which companies still have manufacturing facilities in US.
RE: I don't understand your measurements; is this the niche size in mm - HxDxW?
The 350mm width (or depth) means only a compact or mini fridge can fit...
You can check Bestminifridge.com for a compact or mini fridge.
RE: The Danby DFF501WDD costs $732 on Amazon:
Danby DFF501WDD Designer Series 17.7 cu. ft. Freestanding All-Refrigerator
The Electrolux EI32AR65JS is quite a bit more expensive - $1,799
Electrolux EI32AR65JS IQ-Touch 18.6 cu ft Freezerless All-Refrigerator
RE: I do not have first hand experience with GX5FHTXVY, but from what I hear it is supposed to be very good - a bunch of consumer magazines claim that.
As for made in US - good luck, this is becoming increasingly hard to find :-)
Whirlpool shut down their refrigerator plant in Indiana last year and moved 1100 jobs to Mexico, so I assume most of their fridges are now made there. But then again, only top freezer models were supposedly made at Indiana plant...
You can check this site to see which brands still have US manufacturing facilities.
RE: You might try Sears or Best Buy - they should also stock freezerless Frigidaire models.
RE: Yes, I would recommend either a stainless steel cleaner or even better: a ceramic stove top cleaner. Personally I use a ceramic stove top cleaner - white, thick stuff, don't know the brand since the label fell off.
RE: We at refrigeratorexpert.com are in no way affiliated to Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag or other brands - we just provide refrigerator information.
Thank you for problem description. Can you please provide your model number and what exactly was wrong with this fridge - we want to add your comment to this models description, so other consumers will be warned.
RE: Amana is made by Whirlpool; I think compressors are more or less the same across all brands in the same price bracket. And nowadays, I think a compressor will outlast the fridge - you will sooner experience breakage of plastic parts, hinges, door seals, thermostat, etc. than compressor failure.
RE: Try the bottom front panel - most units have the filter there.
RE: Perhaps you could look at Jenn Air Pro or Electrolux ICON or Wave?
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