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2013 Whirlpool Fridge has a leak in the sealed system

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2013 Whirlpool Fridge has a leak in the sealed system

We won’t be repairing it, the fridge is out of warranty and in very disappointed with it only lasting six years.

We are looking for a new fridge. Preferably an all fridge since we have a stand up freezer in the kitchen.

Are there any residential fridges made to last? Considering a quasi commercial unit but hear they can be garbage as well.

Another consideration is we are hitting the kitchen in ten years, so I may be better offf buying a fridge that will at least last ten years.

Any suggestions for me? Willing to spend $$$ for quality, but not $$$ for garbage which it seems most fridges are now a days.
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My nephew has a 4.5yr Kitchen-Aid fridge. same issue. leaking refrigerant. He paid 5k for the fridge. just lucky it was still under warranty.

Took 5he repair guy three weeks to get parts and fix.
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I would take a grain salt with CR report.

Do your Google, Youtube check for users problems.
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Shaynelle wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 9:39 am
Considering a quasi commercial unit but hear they can be garbage as well.
Why not an actual commercial fridge?
They won't fit in your fridge hole and are a bit noisy, but they're bullet proof.
Even if they do fail, replacement parts and service are stupidly easy to get.

I bought a USRefrigeration because it was cheap, but if I were to actually outfit my kitchen, I'd invest in a True.
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Refrigerators are generally made quite badly these days. Not enough competition, consumers who don't treat reliability as a priority, some additional mechanical complexity and quarterly accountability are all reasons. To buy a reliable fridge, here is what you do:

1. Don't get an ice maker or water dispenser. They're about half of issues, and they can leak too (which can damage more than your fridge)
2. Don't buy a disposable brand like Danby or Haier.
3. Don't buy LG or Samsung. LG is okay reliability, but both brands have issues with their warranty process, and they focus on gimmicks tends to make parts hard to source and technicians thin on the ground.
4. Premium models of mainstream manufacturers are not more reliable than their normal models.

If you want a reliable fridge, buy a Miele. They're the best, their QA is great. They also cost a fortune, so you'll end up spending more on one Miele fridge than you will on two Whirlpool fridges. Sub zero is almost as good, but also silly expensive. I've heard that Fisker & Paytel (bought by Haier in 2012, but still produced somewhat separately) isn't horrible, but the bar is low.
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New fridges now have inverter controller boards...the boards has more trouble than worth of saving few bucks.

Anyone has Bosch fridge from Germany? not the US one.
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Leaking fridge is not indicative of the brand, this stuff is very much luck of the draw IMO. With these new sealed refrigerators, they can't be fixed because you can't access the coils anymore like the old fridges. I had a similar problem and tried these "sealers" [Cliplight Superseal] just to see if it could be fixed. It wasn't too expensive so I thought it was worth a shot. But it didn't work for me. so I finally decided to replace the fridge.
We're all bozos on the bus until we find a way to express ourselves...

Failure is always an option...just not the preferred one!
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grumble wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 11:51 am

If you want a reliable fridge, buy a Miele. They're the best, their QA is great. They also cost a fortune, so you'll end up spending more on one Miele fridge than you will on two Whirlpool fridges.
Where can I buy Miele?
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Shaynelle wrote:
Jan 29th, 2019 9:23 am
Where can I buy Miele?
Online works well if you're comfortable buying without seeing it in person (unless you showroom). If not, then you'd go to a real appliance store.

Again though, you won't actually save money - Miele costs enough that even if it's twice as reliable you'll spend twice as much, making your savings zero (though lower hassle and it's a premium device, looks nice and runs well). They also tend to come in smaller sizes like 30 inch as it's a European brand, unless you get a built in (and those are EXPENSIVE).
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Miele web site has locations of their dealers.

I read US brand " Trust" residential is reliable. 30 inch as well but 84 inch tall.
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TomLafinsky wrote:
Jan 29th, 2019 9:22 am
@Shaynelle could you please tell us the model number of your defective Whirlpool fridge? Thanks.

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grumble wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 11:51 am
Refrigerators are generally made quite badly these days. Not enough competition, consumers who don't treat reliability as a priority, some additional mechanical complexity and quarterly accountability are all reasons. To buy a reliable fridge, here is what you do:

1. Don't get an ice maker or water dispenser. They're about half of issues, and they can leak too (which can damage more than your fridge)
2. Don't buy a disposable brand like Danby or Haier.
3. Don't buy LG or Samsung. LG is okay reliability, but both brands have issues with their warranty process, and they focus on gimmicks tends to make parts hard to source and technicians thin on the ground.
4. Premium models of mainstream manufacturers are not more reliable than their normal models.

If you want a reliable fridge, buy a Miele. They're the best, their QA is great. They also cost a fortune, so you'll end up spending more on one Miele fridge than you will on two Whirlpool fridges. Sub zero is almost as good, but also silly expensive. I've heard that Fisker & Paytel (bought by Haier in 2012, but still produced somewhat separately) isn't horrible, but the bar is low.
I actually have a fischer paykel. It is going on close to 10 years. No problems. Miele fridges are so expensive. This seems like a good deal here:
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/mi ... 56812.aspx?

I like the 10 year warranty.
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JayLove06 wrote:
Feb 2nd, 2019 4:24 pm
I actually have a fischer paykel. It is going on close to 10 years. No problems. Miele fridges are so expensive. This seems like a good deal here:
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/mi ... 56812.aspx?

I like the 10 year warranty.
We considered the Miele as well but we only have one supplier here in Kingston and they have a very limited stock, and I wanted to see the fridge in person. We ended up buying the Frigidaire Gallery set from Costco after viewing them at Lowes. I do like the Miele and Fisher Paykel though.

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