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A New Refrigerator Without the Variable-Phase Compressor?


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#1 Sunlight Appliance

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 12:42 PM

I have a client in the market for a simple fridge: Top freezer/Bottom fresh food, apartment size. I am trying to recommend something as simple as possible with less chance of catastrophic failure vs. what's popping up all over the place these days.

 

In 2014, is Whirlpool or GE or LG making a simple fridge without a computer board and only a simple start device on the compressor? A standard 120v compressor and a ticking defrost timer is what I have in mind.

 

If the answer is "no," then what do you recommend that would be as simple as possible and as repair-friendly as possible for her?

 

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Posted 08 April 2014 - 02:16 PM

I haven't worked on any new LG or Whirlpool top mounts that didn't have a board. I haven't worked on any new GE top mounts. I do know Frigidaire still has the manual timer and tstat refrigerators. The only downside is Frigidaire top mounts always seem to develop sealed system leaks, etc.

Edited by BryanS, 08 April 2014 - 02:16 PM.


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 02:25 PM

Thanks. That is what I was thinking too. Didn't know Frigidaire still had a totally mechanical one out there though. That would be great if it wasn't Frigidaire :)


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Posted 08 April 2014 - 10:44 PM

Here's a GE with a defrost timer.
http://m.sears.com/i...P?source=online

Model #Gth18gbdww
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Posted 09 April 2014 - 09:51 AM

Whirlpool makes a 14 cu ft top mount with mechanical t-stat and defrost timer.  Model W4TXNWFWQ.  But lately I've seen this model experience a high failure rate of the original defrost timer.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:58 PM

Thanks guys. When I expand model #Gth18gbdww out to Gth18gbdcrww then I can see a complete parts list. Either of these 2 look good. I am leaning towards the GE.

 

If anyone else has a fridge to suggest please post it.


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Posted 09 April 2014 - 11:56 PM

I have an 18 cubic foot Whirlpool top mount refer with an adaptive defrost control board,  an ADC board isn't so bad. Mine still has a mechanical cold control.


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Posted 10 April 2014 - 06:38 AM

Just to clarify the title, the correct reference to the new electronically controlled compressors is "variable capacity. " They're called this because the BLDC motors in these compressors are controlled by a power supply whose frequency varies which then varies the motor's RPM. Superior technology, IMHO, to the standard CSR split-phase compressors. These BLDC compressors rarely fail. Yes, the inverter boards fail but that's a plug n chug repair vs replacing a compressor.




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