Question anything the facts don't support.
- Dec 15, 2003
Nothing digital on mine. Ice makers always seem to be the weak link in my experience. A lot of mechanical stuff involved there. My brother ran a TV repair business for decades and before he closed down about 10 years ago his frustration was he couldn't even get parts. And we're in California where the law says all parts on appliances HAVE to be available for 8 years, but it isn't enforced.Is it pretty basic - without a digital display panel? If so, your odds of it lasting are better. It's not the mechanical and/or electrical "refrigerating bits" that are the problem, it's all the electronic sensors and displays and whatnot that cause the units to break down. And because of the designs, those elements to aren't meant to be repaired and can't be replaced individually - it's more cost effective to get a whole new fridge. (I administer warranty on thousands of appliances a year and this is COMMON).
A friend works for a guy who owns several hundred apartments. He always has new appliances in storage, and never fixes refrigerators. He usually buys 20 at a wack, and has never paid more than $125 for an 18 cubic foot refrigerator. That's about what the service call for a repair costs here. Or course, they are brands you may never of heard of. But his records show he gets about 10 years life on average in hard rental use.