September 20, 2005

New Refrigerator Saves Power

Our refrigerator was developing mysterious cracks in the liner of its freezer section, and seemed to be running a lot more than it used to, so we decided it was time to get a new one.

We settled on an 18.2 cubic foot Kenmore from Sears with an EnerGuide rating of 407 kWh/year -- about the lowest available in its class. We got a great deal as it was a discontinued model reduced from $949 to $599.

It arrived today, and after the deliverymen left we noticed a couple of problems. First, the upper shelf that holds a sliding drawer was broken. I called Sears and the guy who answered immediately said he'd get a new shelf out to us at no cost, and took the model and serial numbers.

Then later when I was reversing the doors to suit the layout of our kitchen, I noticed that there appeared to be a large 1/2" gap in the door seal at the bottom left side. Was this "deal" turning out to be a lemon?

I called Sears again and was assured that while there may "appear" to be a gap, if I couldn't feel cold air coming out, the seal was good. I'm not sure if I can feel cold air or not, but when the repairman delivers the new shelf next week, I'll have him take a look.

Overall I'm quite pleased with the responsiveness of Sears employees.

Posted by Paul at September 20, 2005 07:32 PM