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Old 07-19-2016, 08:55 PM
 
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My parents had a Fridgedaire from 1948 and it worked up until it was 'retired' by my siblings due to looks and inconvenience of defrosting manually sometime around 2005. Old refrigerators had larger mechanical component parts and smaller storage unit space and were built to last.

The move to greater efficiency, while it sounds good, has a life cycle cost not figured into it. This is a classic case of so called 'sustainability' being a double edge sword. In the business world sustainability means a sustainable business model which enables greater velocity (sales transactions) and great marginal unit profit to the manufacturer.

In a holistic 'sustainable' model to be less stressful on the environment, we would build things to last longer with long life cycles to reduce the need to keep making more due to obsolescence. This does not rule out new tech advances - but what you find in many of these mature product sectors (like white goods) is not real 'sustainability/ efficiency' but rather "business model sustainability". It also was a way for manufacturers to eliminate small businesses that centered on repair of white goods. Thus, the migration to foreign manufacture for lower labor cost, cheap replacement parts, and throwaway short life cycle design.

I've often thought the ideal situation would be for manufacturers to build a mule type limited amenity / feature option base product(s) that are highly durable but with aesthetic exterior design panel upgrades. When you want to redecorate the kitchen or get tired of your refrigerator, you simply order a new exterior to match your design needs.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:00 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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The avg life span of a fridge is 15 years.
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Old 07-24-2016, 12:57 AM
 
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The new ones the compressors run hotter with the newer type freon required than the old ones. Therefore hotter means more friction means shorter life span.
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Eugene, Oregon
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I inherited an old GE refrigerator from my family, that lasted for 38 years. The GE model I'm on now was bought used, with no idea how old it is, but it's been doing fine for 16 years. I've got another GE model as a spare, that I bought used 15 years ago and I run it only about once a week, to cool down a large pot of hot food. I hope I never have to find out how much less service time the newer ones will provide.
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Old 07-30-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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Im sorry your original GE got tired..... Did you ever have it l00ked @ to see what was wrong?
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Old 07-30-2016, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Thermostats were turned in the wrong direction. They were turned up too cold. But I've learned a thing or two other things about refrigerators.
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