Just purchased a property and it has a lot of high end appliances. Among
them a double wide SubZero refrigerator probably was added when the house
was originally built in 1972. The refrigerator doors have been altered to
have the same wood finish as the rest of the kitchen cabinetry, but the
refrigerator does not work. If I plug it in it does not cool and some
smelly fumes come out from the bottom. The house has been vacant for a
while and the owner is an elderly man now living in a nursing home, he had a
stroke and was not able to remember much...
Should I just toss out the refrigerator or try to fix it? It is 33 years
old so is it even worth fixing it or not? If I try to fix it do I get a
normal appliance guy or some special SubZero experts? If I toss it out this
thing is huge I am not sure I can just roll it to the back alley and wait
for bulk trash pick up. Also all of the appliances in the kitchen have the
custom wood cabinetry finish, the dish washer, trash compactor,
refrigerator, so if I buy a new refrigerator, it will stick out like a sore
thumb, not to mention it will be smaller, so the custom built slot it slides
in, will have room to one side and up.
Since 03 or so refrigerators have been more efficient from gov
regulation, up to 60% better. With sub zeros equipment on top it is
possibly replaceable, and should be repairable. With the wood you may
want a new sub zero, their efficiency rating is very high compared to
other makes. Your old unit might cost 15-30$ a month to run a new unit
might be 5-7$ a month, there is a payback in new equipment, and utility
rates are going up.
I've worked on several Sub Zero refrigerators. Generally well made.
The energy hog is the compressor, which might need to be replaced.
(So, you'd get a new one which is less hoggish). I'd call around, and
get a couple folks opinion over the phone.
I can think of a couple simple reasons why one might not cool.
Including low on freon, inefficient condensor, and a couple others.
Aren't new ones more like a thousand dollars?
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
Other models in the sub zero line DO come with door panel kits that
allow you to attach the SAME door panels and trim that are used on all
other cabinets in the room.
It may just be that for THIS size, the only choice is SS.
New SubZero refrigerators are more like $8K+ and come in models that
allow matching trim to be installed on the doors
Yes, a new compressor with installation is likely to be on the order of
$1k or more, and will dramatically improve the efficiency of the unit.
Given the unique situation, I would find a good repair company that
works on Sub Zero. I'd have them come out, figure out what's wrong
with it, how much it would cost to fix it, and what the typical life
left in it after that might be. If it needs a new compressor, ask if
the new one will be more energy efficient, etc. Also ask about the
interchange of door panels to other units. If these panels won't fit
current models, it's possible they will fit other older Sub Zeros and
if you can wait awhile, you might be able to locate a used one that you
could sway out.
Normally, I would say junk it. But in this case, it's certainly worth
the cost of a service call to get some accurate info.
Im sure it is more than just the compressor that has made new units
60%+ more efficient, even replacing the whole cooling system is probably
a good investment compared to buying a new unit. Since it is top mounted
it should not be that hard to do.
If it is recessed, lining the walls and back with R7.2"
Polyisocyanurate foamboard will likely double or more the present
Wood inserts on the doors help alot in insulating. I would bet that if
you measured the doors the panels you have that they can be interchanged
with new models. I did that on a 60s Kitchen Aid diswasher, they fit
Definatly have a repairman get it running then review your options,
find someone that Knows Sub Zero, not a student.
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