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Old 09-26-2008, 08:53 AM   #31
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I have a "Amana" 21 cu. ft. refridgerator that is at least 10 years old and the only problem I had was with a momentary leak that was fixed by a serviceman. As another mentioned, I would check with Consumer Reports on which models have the least amount of service calls.
I think if you stay away from appliances that have "bells and whistles", ( led controls via touch button ) other then low cost items such as microwave ovens, you have a better chance of coming out ahead of those who do and have to put up with expensive service calls after warranty.
Appliance parts are way to expensive. One example is when I had to replace an oven temperature control knob on my GE gas range at a cost of $40.00. I would have had to pay more if I called for service. The knob was not broke, but the numbers wore off from cleaning it. The one size fits all replacement knobs at the local home centers did not fit my range.
In the old days, the numbers were stamped on and lasted until the appliance died.
I don't know if you can find an appliance today with stamped on numbers on control knobs. Last time I checked, they were all painted on.


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Old 10-05-2008, 04:52 PM   #32
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Personally I like to look at consumer sites like Best Buy, or Amazon, or others where people will add their opinions on their purchases. Consumer Reports is just OK. We have an LG refrig that is great, but when I started researching LG dishwashers and ranges, I wasn't impressed by the consumer reviews. So I found one model of KitchenAid for the Dishwasher, and one Electrolux for the range. Takes a lot of searching, but consumer reviews are more valuable to me.
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Old 10-05-2008, 05:18 PM   #33
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yep I think you have to mix them
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Old 10-06-2008, 04:52 PM   #34
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i work for ge placing service calls and i hear the same thing everyday "i've had my old appliance for 20yrs and had no problem and i only had this one for a year and this is broke..." give or take a year or two. as far as microwaves stay away from the spacemakers no matter what model they usually start out with a jvm165 or something close to that, stay away from fridges with ice makers no matter what grade even if its the top of the line (profile), stay away from self cleaning oven, stay away from dishwashers altogether if you dont have a problem washing it yourself, stay away from most new washers i get occasional calls about dryers, my suggestion is if you can find appliances made in the 90's or even better the 80's or even... you get my point by those. the only trouble with that is if you do happen to need service they will replace your old part with a new part. if you do buy a new appliance which usually just have a one year full warranty make sure and this is almost a must BUY THE SERVICE CONTRACT or else service could cost from $65 to $99 just for them to come to your home and in some cases you have to pay that plus the part and labor (from what i hear is anywhere from $60 to $150 and thats even if they are just there for 10min). DONT MAKE ME SAY I TOLD YOU SO. this is just my opinion based on my experience, i'm sure that there are a few exceptions, but when a person tells you that they just bought something last month and "i can't get it to start" or " i only use it to warm up my husbands coffee in the morning" or "its only a year old and i think the compressor is bad", all i'm saying is be aware and spend wisely.
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Old 11-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #35
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I work for GE and we get discounts on all of their products. Most people at work won't touch GE appliances.

There's better out there.
I agree. They used to be good, but IMHO, not anymore.

I prefer Whirpool and Samsung. Sony still the best for TV.
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Old 11-24-2010, 03:01 PM   #36
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What about subzero, vulcan or wolf stoves, KITCHEN AID, VIKING Gas Range, BERTAZZONI RANGE.

These are just some names from Craig's list Seattle...
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I haven't read this whole thread, but here is my take on GE.

My last house was built with "builder-special" GE appliances. They were so-so. We also had a GE washer and dryer, standard run-of-the-mill stuff. I have no real complaints about any of it, but none of them were amazing. My washer did start making a clunking noise after about 5 years. I have had 2 Kenmore fridges that I also have no complaints about.

When we moved and bought new appliances, we started with GE, though the "GE Profile" line of appliances. Their higher end stuff is a completely different category than the cheaper variety of appliances. I would recommend GE Profile, but probably also look at other things for lower-priced appliances. I like LG and currently have an LG washer and dryer. The appliances that came with this house were crap, however - Amana stove, Samsung Microwave, GE (from the Flintsones era) Fridge.

Finding a consensus on "Best brand" would be like asking what is the "best brand" of car and expecting to get a universal response.

By the way, all of the following are Whirlpool brands:
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I wouldn't have a GE anything in my home
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What about subzero, vulcan or wolf stoves, KITCHEN AID, VIKING Gas Range, BERTAZZONI RANGE.

These are just some names from Craig's list Seattle...
I also prefer Kitchen Aid. La Germania for stove.
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The first post said, 'unfortunately no Bosch.'
That's what we are considering for our kitchen makeover. Does anyone have anything to say about Bosch appliances -ref, range & DW?
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Bosch=overrated/overpriced. their d/w' are quiet though..there is nothing out there, at any price point, that's superior. best advice-buy what you like and has the features you want.. to the GE calltakers point; at any given time a manf may be having a problem with something ie;that Spacemaker m/o-it's fine now, Bosch had major control problems, etc. so that's what does or doesn't show up on Consumer Reports or complaint blogs. .as to the extended warranty; you have at least a year from manf. after that they dump all these contracts to third partys [TPA'S] who use lowest bidder. read the complaint blogs..better for your sanity to pay a good servicer if it breaks..
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In the same complex a unit down from us the washing machine didn't shut off the water and flooded the whole unit. it would declare the Duet a 'lemon' and replace it with a new one. so If you want to used or i advice you used black and Decker used.
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I have one web site to use for appliance. Each appliance will be evaluated, tested and rated on its own merits or shortfalls and it's not inconceivable to end up with four or five manufacturers' products in your home as a result.
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About a year and a half ago my wife and I bought a house and needed appliances for the entire kitchen. We went to lowes and they had an awesome deal on Whirlpool Gold appliances. After sales, and rebates we got about $3600 in appliances for $2200.

everything has worked great except for the dishwasher. even if we pre-rinse, the only thing that will be clean are the plates. silverware and cups always come out nasty wish crap stuck to them. its an energy star washer, so i don't know if that means it uses less water. but it a cycle runs for like 3 hours.
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Add my vote to stay away from GE. Over the years I've been disappointed by GE radio,light bulbs, wall switches, gas stove and now microwave. The latest: GE microwave oven JVM1331BW002 died prematurely. Also had to replace the handle on it. These over the range built in microwaves cost a heck of a lot more than the counter top variety...so you'd expect some quality..but NOT from GE. The handle is a very flimsy 2 piece plastic shell that looks like it was designed to fail. Moreover it is almost impossible to repair..and the replacement costs $61.15....should be <= $2....outrageous. And GE made it very difficult for the DIYSelfer...they hid 1 screw under a black plastic perimeter seal...the clips, on which, break very easily when it is removed. Nevertheless I repaired the handle by inserting steel wool filled with cement (Durabond 90 compound from Sheetrock) into the handle cavity so that a longer, thicker screw, I used, could have something to hold onto. Also the microwave schematic indicates that the fuse will blow when one of the door interlocks fails to work in conjunction with another door safety interlock. I wonder whether this was designed this way for safety or just to make a bigger repair bill for the customer...especially since replacing any of those parts requires:taking the microwave off the wall and taking off the machine cover. Years ago, I also had Hotpoint (made by GE) appliances, most of which worked fine. But I remember now, that the electric stove lower oven heating element failed. It broke, while making a cake, and the electrical conducting core of it made contact with the oven floor. The element then conducted electricity to the oven and sparks jumped twice between the oven and storage compartment doors (like in the movies). I turned off the oven bake switch. The house GE 50 Amp circuit breaker failed to trip open. However the stove internal temperature safety switch, whose NC contacts are in the circuit, did open. After I replaced the baking element I discovered that the temperature safety switch was also destroyed. Its NC contacts are permanently open. I spoke to the GE consumer relations person about the simultaneous
failure of 3 GE parts, two of them, safety parts. She refused to
reimburse for the safety switch ( $54.34 with tax). She said the
stove was out of warranty (true) and she would have to have a GE
serviceman inspect the safety part, at my expense, before making any
commitment. To me that's a black eye for GE and their service.


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