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JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Lean, inexpensive, "smart" -vs. robust quality?
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   4/16/2012 10:20:23 PM
Isn't it disappointing how expensive devices fail, just after warranty? As an electronics engineer, I am constantly faced with the battle between designing stout, long-lasting and robust designs, vs. the corporate marketing need for planned obsolescence and recurring revenue. I "get" it -- but I just don't like it.

But I suspect many appliance manufacturers today are taking it to a frustrating new level. For example, I have a garage Beer-Fridge that's nearly 30 years old and never had an issue. Meanwhile we're on the third Kitchen fridge in about 17 years.

Bill DeVries
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Bill DeVries   4/16/2012 6:05:31 PM
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The fridge really isn't that old - 5 years. It survived the warranty period, so i guess it was a success for the manufacturer. It will probably be headed to Craigslist in a few weeks (I will, of course, give the new owner the desk fan).

Charles Murray
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Charles Murray   4/16/2012 5:43:32 PM
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Wow. How old is this fridge? At the risk of pointing out the obvious, it seems like this shouldn't be happening to a new refrigerator.

tekochip
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Upgrade Time?
tekochip   4/16/2012 4:27:21 PM
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A few years ago I replaced my aging fridge and was surprised to see how much the newer unit saved on my electrical bill.  It was well worth the upgrade.

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Rob Spiegel   4/16/2012 4:20:49 PM
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Sounds like the solution is to go with a conventional-size fridge. I once owned an older home that was charming, but the kitchen was tiny and the fridge was an ancient tiny fridge that fit into a very small space -- not quite an icebox, but not much taller. I had to keep fixing it because there was nothing on the market that would fit the space. Luckily, my kids were small at the time.

Bill DeVries
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Bill DeVries   4/16/2012 10:50:01 AM
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The counterdepth fridge will most likely be replaced with this years pending tax return. A real downside to the counterdepth fridge is that it doesn't have enough room for a week's worth of groceries. We have a family of 6, two of whom are teenage boys, both at 6'-2". Half of the food we buy gets kept in the garage fridge. The kitchen is plenty big enough for a regular size fridge, so extending out a few inches is really no problem.

Beth Stackpole
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Beth Stackpole   4/16/2012 10:30:49 AM
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I applaud your mechanical touch, Bill, but I have to tell you, I would balk at paying top dollar for a counterdepth fridge only to have it stick out to accomodate an external fan. Runs counter-intuitive to my non-mechanical brain!

Bill DeVries
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Re: Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Bill DeVries   4/16/2012 8:28:48 AM
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Actually the counterdepth fridge is no longer counterdepth. It sticks out from the wall a little to allow room for the desk fan. I'm more of a mechanical guy than electrical guy so I took the easier route of installing an external fan rather than figuring out why the fridge keeps burning out fan motors.

Beth Stackpole
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Hot fridge can leave you out in the cold
Beth Stackpole   4/16/2012 7:22:31 AM
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Wow, Bill, ingenius fix, but I'm curious how you fit the fridge back in its place with a full-size office desk fan attached behind it. Any idea of why the fridge's own fan kept failing??

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