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Old 09-23-2019, 03:19 PM
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Is that lifespan normal these days?

Mine, which was here when I moved in, is about 30 years old.
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Old Today, 09:03 AM
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My Whirlpool (made in 60s when Whirlpool was a division of RCA) quit last year. I was not impressed with whats available. Lot tiny dorm refrigerators, lot of white elephant el gigantico refrigerators that apparently can give you a massage and then phone home to Microsoft about the experience. I wanted a 10cf to 12cf. I wanted simple as possible, meaning manual defrost like the good ole days, no electronics, just a compressor and a thermostat. Nope, nada.

I found few antiques, but people think they are worth more than a new refrigerator. and we arent talking pristine like new condition. Used to they were $20 or sometimes even free, not anymore. Think I am getting old....

I had read of people making a chest refrigerator out of a manual defrost chest freezer for cheap offgrid use since they are very efficient. I bought a new 10cf GE (good reviews), yep made in China of course. Nice enough, couple steps up from the bargain basement noname freezers. Replaced the freezer thermostat with $10 mechanical refrigerator thermostat off ebay. Works. Couldnt be happier with it considering. My electric bill went way down. It is VERY energy efficient as a refrigerator. I put food in paper towel lined plastic boxes that can be shuffled around to get to stuff. I use a lot fresh produce and couldnt figure any better way to do it. Little less handy than upright fridge, but they arent really well designed for lot fresh produce either. The big downside, in humid weather this thing has to regularly be wiped out least once a week. Condensation goes to bottom as water.

But still, I got me an old fashion and very efficient simple manual refrigerator. Something not otherwise available in 2019 America.
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