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Old 04-21-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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Hi All
We are remodeling our kitchen and I want to get rid of the old side by side energy hog refrigerator that came with the house when we bought it, it's too big for two people and we plan on giving it away, because it still works. This brings me to the question... do any of you have an energy star fridge that they are happy with and that is not awfully noisy? A friend was told that the energy star refrigerators tend to have more problems because in order to save energy they are built more flimsy. I am willing to spend more for a good fridge, so money isn't a prime concern. I want a smaller size model, there are just two of us. I'd appreciate any input, thanks!!!
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:53 PM
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You can go to Home : ENERGY STAR and do a search for appliances. It shows all the brands and models that are nergy star rated. I had to do this b/c my husband and I are building a house off grid. I am going with mostly gas appliances except for my washer which will be a general electric.

I don't know about the noise issue but they are very high quality items on the list. The top mount refrigerators do rate higher. Good Luck in the search.

Lisa
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:53 PM
 
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Thank you Lisa, I will check that out. Wow, I wish we could build a house off the grid.. maybe one day, best of luck to you!!!
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Old 07-18-2008, 04:28 AM
 
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You can go to Home : ENERGY STAR and do a search for appliances. It shows all the brands and models that are nergy star rated. I had to do this b/c my husband and I are building a house off grid. I am going with mostly gas appliances except for my washer which will be a general electric.

I don't know about the noise issue but they are very high quality items on the list. The top mount refrigerators do rate higher. Good Luck in the search.

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:56 AM
 
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We bought a Frigidaire and right after the warranty was up, 1 year, the thing broke down. Had to replace the main compressor system that regulates everything. Lost over $150.00 worth of food.
Also with the new freon requirements, compressors are only guaranteed for one year instead of the 5 years on the older models.
Our previous refrigerator last us over 15 years, this new one, now in it's 3rd year will probably have to be replaced within the next 2 years.
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Old 07-19-2008, 02:29 PM
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We bought a Frigidaire and right after the warranty was up, 1 year, the thing broke down. Had to replace the main compressor system that regulates everything. Lost over $150.00 worth of food.
Also with the new freon requirements, compressors are only guaranteed for one year instead of the 5 years on the older models.
Our previous refrigerator last us over 15 years, this new one, now in it's 3rd year will probably have to be replaced within the next 2 years.
Sorry to hear about your troubles. Unfortunately, I think most things now are made like junk. Things are just not made to last anymore and I don't care which country it was made in.
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:08 PM
 
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Sorry to hear about your troubles. Unfortunately, I think most things now are made like junk. Things are just not made to last anymore and I don't care which country it was made in.
You are so right, and several repair facitities I talked to also agree. Everything is made to last no more than 5 years.
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Old 07-19-2008, 09:47 PM
 
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I've had good luck with my Kenmore Elite.

It's 5 years old and only had one problem with the icemaker which was corrected long ago while under warranty.

It had a good energy star rating for the time, I'm not sure what they offer now. It's a solid machine and very quiet.
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Old 07-20-2008, 01:09 AM
 
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Our older unit was a Kenmor also. Worked great for 15 years. The new Kenmors as well as the other brands are all built with newer technology and are mandated by the Government to be using the newer hotter running compressors with the newer rated freons. That's why there is only a one year warranty since Jan-1 as all units sold since then must be the newer technology and will have a shorter lifespan.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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We bought a new Kenmore about 6 months ago, and it's a standard top freezer model. Very high marks on Energy Star, works well, and didn't cost an arm and a leg.

It was making a buzzing/rattling sound, but I pulled it from the wall and tightened down some of the bolts securing the coils and it was fine after that.
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