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An SxS that doesn't suck?


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#1 sirwired

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:55 PM

Coming up on an 4/22 'gub-mint program to give me 15% off a new fridge...

The current one, a GE SxS of unknown vintage (mid-late '90s is my best guess), is your typical GE steaming pile of garbage.  It melts stuff in the freezer compartment during every defrost cycle, and can't make up it's freakin' mind if it wants to roast or freeze the stuff in the beer compartment.  Endless fiddling with the old-school mechanical controls is to no avail.

It's only redeeming feature is that the ice maker is the kind that actually works.

Spoiled by the in-door ice/water dispenser, I'm thinking of getting a new SxS.  Any hints from grizzled appliantologists as to which brands might be the least-bad?

I'm not at all impressed with the "French Door" units... too expensive, and I don't want my entire freezer to be a couple of tiny drawers.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 01:00 PM

if your wanting a SxS then you know there will be limited freezer space in any brand...best thing on the market is the Whirlpool...i would go with the traditional style icemake instead of the in the door version (IDI)...fewer potential problems.
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Posted 16 March 2010 - 05:19 AM

Thanks for the skinny on the icemaker, because I was really looking at the in-door ice bin models. Just curious... what goes wrong with the in-door ice bin?

I know about the woeful lack of freezer space with a SxS... but I have a full-size upright freezer in the garage, so I should be fine in that dept. I've just gotten too spoiled with the ice/water dispenser with our current SxS; pathetic, I know...

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:53 AM

the IDI has more computer controls to go bad. It has an optical eye for example that sees the ice full as opposed to a simple switch for example. I would also try to stay away from variable speed compressor models, digital display models and just go cheap versions. Computer parts are expensive on these newer fridges.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:51 PM

How do I identify a var. speed compressor model? Will that be something listed on the feature list?

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:38 PM

Probably not, just stay with mechanical controls vs. Digital ones....the IDI bucket also tends to clog a lot if you use a lot of crushed ice..that's the biggest complaint I get..have to clean the bucket about every 2 weeks.
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:56 PM

post your perspective model number here, and we'll check it's service manual, etc ..

Ice Bin in the Door vs. Ice/Water Dispenser through the Door ...

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