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We all remember the old refrigerators: the appliances that lasted for decades and seemed like they could run forever. I wish I still owned one. I just had an expensive refrigerator die – a top-of-the-line Electrolux that keeled over exactly two years after we installed it. And now I understand why.
The repair guys have told me that all fridges and freezers sold now have a short life — something like four years on average. Why?
The answer is a combination: they banned Freon (for so-called “environmental” reasons), which did not corrode the heat exchanger pipe the same way. The new refrigerants have all kinds of nasty lifetime issues.
And, to save a little money, they use thin-walled copper pipe instead of the classic thicker walls, or aluminum. So with condensate comes corrosion, pinholes, and … the refrigerant goes bye-bye.
So I have just paid too much money (but still one-third the cost of replacing the fridge) to replace a flawed part with the same damned part – just newer. And now the clock is ticking anew.
This is nuts, of course. I understand about a manufacturer saving some money here and there. But on units that cost $1-3k… really?!
If anyone has a manufacturer who actually is willing to pay the extra few dollars needed to make long-lasting appliances (and is not a five-digit SubZero-type brand), please let me know. We have a big home and we feed a lot of people: I think we have seven full-size standing freezer-only units and three to four refrigerators. I cannot replace them all every four years!Published in