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Old 07-28-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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My experience with most new appliances is that they are total garbage. I have a Maytag french door fridge that started having problems after one year of purchase.

It wasn't cooling properly and everything in the freezer was melting. It was under warranty thankfully. Unfortunately, the repair company who serviced the warranty were completely incompetent. They first misdiagnosed the issue, after several visits managed to break the compressor, contaminated the lines and the replaced compressor failed. It was a nightmare and Maytag wouldn't replace the fridge. It functioned OK for a year after compressor #3.

A year later the ice maker had an electrical burnout. The thing was also barely cooling. After I replaced the entire ice maker, it worked for a while and then stopped dumping ice, so it would feed water over top and overflow. The "ICEMAKER OFF" electronic button didn't turn it off.

Anyway-- now it's back to not cooling, the freezer items are soft and it seems time to buy a new one. It's only 6.5 years old at this point! Can anyone vouch for a brand of fridges made today? I expected a several thousand dollar fridge to last more than a few years...


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Your appliance expectations are probably too high for this day and age.

I have a client who's having issues with a brand new Bosch range. It failed after one month, and has taken three service visits to get it working....so far.

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Your appliance expectations are probably too high for this day and age.



I have a client who's having issues with a brand new Bosch range. It failed after one month, and has taken three service visits to get it working....so far.


Oh man, what a nightmare! It's really crazy that you have to worry about brand new, fairly high priced appliances having issues. With all the electronics, a lot of the repairs require ordering the same cheap part for hundreds and hoping it lasts. I imagine once you get into the high end $10k+ they actually make good stuff but that's so unreasonable..


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I imagine once you get into the high end $10k+ they actually make good stuff but that's so unreasonable..


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You would be wrong, they fail just as much as cheaper ones. I have seem a $40k French oven fail after 1 week. 4 tech visits an 4-5 months later it back working.

A Fisher & Paykel ref that needed a new door which had to be shipped 3 times from New Zealand, too 6 months finally

My advice is to get the one that has the most available parts.
For the most part they are not made like they used to be.
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The more bells and whistles, the more components to break.

Fwiw:

https://blog.yaleappliance.com/bid/8...pliance-brands

Final Thoughts
Now you know the most reliable brands. However, if you buy a whole kitchen, there is a good chance you will still need service.

Bosch, Thermador, and Whirlpool's brands (Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, and Maytag) have the best tech support and part availability.

Samsung, and especially LG, have bad reviews all over the internet because they do not have the infrastructure to support their growth. The product works. Their logistics need to be beefed up.

Most of these brands, unlike automobile manufacturers, offer very little service. Finding a retailer who can fix appliances in your local area is so important because the products and technology are evolving.

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Note the reliability numbers are 1st year warrantee service calls. Best life can be completely different.

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The more bells and whistles, the more components to break.

Fwiw:

https://blog.yaleappliance.com/bid/8...pliance-brands

Final Thoughts
Now you know the most reliable brands. However, if you buy a whole kitchen, there is a good chance you will still need service.

Bosch, Thermador, and Whirlpool's brands (Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, and Maytag) have the best tech support and part availability.

Samsung, and especially LG, have bad reviews all over the internet because they do not have the infrastructure to support their growth. The product works. Their logistics need to be beefed up.

Most of these brands, unlike automobile manufacturers, offer very little service. Finding a retailer who can fix appliances in your local area is so important because the products and technology are evolving.
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Your appliance expectations are probably too high for this day and age.

I have a client who's having issues with a brand new Bosch range. It failed after one month, and has taken three service visits to get it working....so far.
What issues are they having?
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What issues are they having?
I wasn't paying close enough attention, but vaguely recall starting and/or ignition issues. They're in a brand new luxury apartment building, and all the corner units have an upgraded appliance package. I'll found out in a week or so.
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I wasn't paying close enough attention, but vaguely recall starting and/or ignition issues. They're in a brand new luxury apartment building, and all the corner units have an upgraded appliance package. I'll found out in a week or so.
I've had a lot of issues with mine.
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I've had a lot of issues with mine.
I think they said "electrical issue with starting oven"
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I think they said "electrical issue with starting oven"
Yup.....
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The fridges that have the icemaker box in the refrigerator have big problems freezing up due to sealing issues.


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My GE Café double oven has worked flawlessly. I also have had great luck with my Whirlpool frontloading washer and dryer.


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Dacor is Samsung, their installation guides and general info sucks. Hopefully the product is better than manuals.

The specs for the custom dishwasher panels are only 2" off, the fractions are in 5ths.....

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And don't forget about the fridges that cant go in the garage if it gets to be below 40 degrees
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We bought a Samsung refrigerator probably about 7 years ago and have had no problems.

It's a french door refrigerator on top and a pull out freezer on the bottom. It has a water dispenser inside (not in the door) and the ice maker dumps into a tray in the freezer.

I change the filter once or twice a year or whenever the ice maker stops working due to low flow.

A screw on one of the shelves pulled out (the shelf that's usually loaded with beer bottles). I replaced it with a larger screw and it's held just fine.
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https://blog.yaleappliance.com/bid/8...pliance-brands

Final Thoughts
Now you know the most reliable brands. However, if you buy a whole kitchen, there is a good chance you will still need service.

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Most of these brands, unlike automobile manufacturers, offer very little service. Finding a retailer who can fix appliances in your local area is so important because the products and technology are evolving.


Or learn to fix them yourself
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I went to pick up a free, working Bosch dishwasher a few weeks back (Craigslist), and ended up installing their new one, plus a Samsung gas range and fridge icemaker hook-up. (They learned upon delivery that install wasn't included.)

After one week, the range oven wouldn't heat, and they texted me to see if I might have done anything. Can't imagine what. I referred them back to the big box and/or the manufacturer.

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