I'm going to buy a chest freezer and would like to know which
appliance brands provide the best warranty service.
I'm not interested in which brands are the most reliable because
almost all freezers are actually made by just two companies, Woods and
Frigidaire, unless made in China, regardless of what brand name is
listed on the appliance. I prefer a brand that uses Woods because of
their ten-year sealed system warranty.
I'm worried about quality of service because I've read things like
Maytag not requiring sealed systems to be pumped down to a vacuum
when something like the compressor is changed, just flushed with
Freon, which can't be good for service life. I'd like to know if any
other companies have similar lax standards so I can avoid them.
firstname.lastname@example.org (larrymoencurly) wrote in message
Read the warranty carfully as some are just parts only and some
include labour as well.
All refrigeration system are evacuated before recharging....including
Maytag!! Flushing with refrigerant is illegal!!
Find out whom HAS warranty service in your area might be a good place
to start...no use buying something if nobody services tham in your
Appliance Repair Aid
that really depends. for example, where I live, a.. GE
are all serviced by the same company, Camco. you get equally poor service.
the only difference might be the length of the warranty or what is covered.
email@example.com (jeff) wrote in message
In alt.hvac, around Aug. 10-11, 2002, there's a thread entitled,
"Goodman and Armstrong, and appliance repair"
in which a professional refrigeration/heating technician mentioned:
So I may have been wrong about Maytag not paying for any evacuation,
but maybe they just don't pay for adequate evacuation, and I'm worried
that a repair like that would shorten the lifespan. I had heard that
it used to be considered acceptable to flush Freon R-12 systems with
R-12 if the vacuum pump wasn't that good, but I thought that this
wouldn't work with Freon R-134a because the oil used with it absorbed
too much moisture.
That's one reason I won't buy Sears brand appliances, and my parents
often had trouble getting their kitchen appliances and TVs fixed under
warranty. BTW at least as of two years ago, even certain other brands
sold by Sears aren't warranted by the manufacturer, including Sony!
That didn't seem credible, but both Sears and Sony confirmed it.
You obviously already know a lot more about this topic than anyone in
this group, why are you posting this question? You must realize that
it's impossible to get ANY kind of reliable information on warranty
service from such a small sample of people and for such an obscure
appliance as chest freezer, don't you? Plus, chest freezers fail very
rarely, especially under warranty. So, at best, you'd get one or two
relevant replies from the readers in these groups. Are you really
going to make a buying decision based on this???
So you've heard that Maytag is not good, then get Sears or Whirlpool.
The chances that you will need warranty service during the short
warranty offered by any manufacturer is too minuscule to be worried
about its quality.
It's always better to avoid problems than to fix them. So rather than fret
over who has the best waranty, buy the brand that is the most reliable so
you won't ahve to worry about getting it fixed.
The 2004 Consumer Reports annual buying guide just hit the newsstands and
they report reader experiences for reliability of various type of
appliances.Usually, many thousands of readers rate them so the scores are
The problem with freezers is that CR doesn't list their reliability,
and companies that make refrigerators don't make their own
freezer-only units, with the exception of Frigidaire, which ranks low
in refrigerator reliability.
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I do not know a lot more about this topic than anyone in this group.
Not if it's from people who service them and are familiar with the
warranty practices of the companies.
Because the service record of Sears hasn't been good with my familiy,
and Whirlpool doesn't make its own freezer-only units. BTW, unlike
the case with most Kenmore appliances, the freezers aren't the same
Then should buy a Chinese brand, like Haier, and save some money? :(
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