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Old 05-16-2007, 11:50 AM   #11
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A generic appliance repair shop may be able to replace the digital panel for you.

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Old 05-16-2007, 11:57 AM   #12
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I have a side by side fridge, Can't wait for it to break so I can get one with freezer on the bottom. As far as stoves go. It is believed (by many) that the best stoves on the market today are dual fuel. Gas top and electric oven. If you are not that much into cooking i wouldn't worry about all those tripleconvection things. Though convection oven is nice. Washer and dryer are front loader without any reservation.

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Old 05-16-2007, 04:20 PM   #13
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WElcome and congrats on new appliances!

I have just gone through a kitchen remodel and have all GE appliances except for the refrigerator. I HAD a side by side and hated it but DH loved it. We now have a french door (side by side with bottom freezer) and love it. I have a Kenmoore which is made by LG - I would recommend it.

I have a built-in GE Profile double convection oven and, so far, am very happy with it. The fan does stay on for a bit after I turn the convection off and it is not loud but not silent either.

We have the GE advantium microwave and we love it. DH HAD to have it and I argued til I was blue in the face, he was right, it is awesome! I highly recommend it.

We have a GE gas on ceramic built-in cooktop which I love also. Continuous iron grates, it is nice. The only difference between ss and black is a stainless piece on the front and stainless knobs, but I didn't want plastic knobs so fessed up the extra money.

WE are having problems with the GE Profile DW #PDW9700 - we are on our THIRD new one and this one is now having problems. All four times it has been a different p roblem. I love the DW just wish it would work. WE are in the midst of deciding what to do here.

PM me with any questions you might have, I did do alot of research on all appliances and I would be happy to help you.
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Old 05-16-2007, 04:42 PM   #14
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Thanks for the input, Robo - but why not???
Read MIchaelMarie above...unaccountable problems, rusting, burnout of elements, fan motor, you name it...leaks etc in fridge and dishwasher. Frigidaire has also gotten shoddy recently. Whirlpool is still decent as are many high end lines .. THe one to avoid there is Viking...lots of problems, poor customer service.
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Old 05-16-2007, 06:12 PM   #15
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Robo - does Whirlpool make an integrated dishwasher - one that will take a cabinet panel as the front? I will have to check it out.

I am so frustrated with the darn dishwasher. Problem is we had a cabinet panel made for this dishwasher. I have called several appliance dealers and no one has had any problems with this model - argh! The store has been wonderful about getting us new dishwashers every time - first one leaked and they didn't know why, second one made a loud noise and they didn't know why AND the pump "holder" cracked so that had to be replaced so they just gave me a new one but it broke before the new one came, the third one, the current one, had the heating element go on by itself and it smelled horrible, we opened the dishwasher, it was so hot it burned my utensils on the top rack! Then I saw dish detergent on the bottom - the repairman said that the smart dispense (dispenses by itself whatever soap is needed) was probably burned. He was incredibly concerned about the heating element, he said no appliance should ever get that hot. Now we are trying to get through to GE - that is where we are now. Problem is, I have this expensive door panel that will fit only this model. Even if we eat the cost of the door, there is no other dw I want except maybe the 3-rack kitchen aid but I hear they have horrible customer service (I have heard this from 5 different people, two of which sell them and three which own them). All appliance dealers that I have checked (4) have t old me to stay with this model because it is one of the best domestic ones on the market and there have been no other problems! Argh!

I don't want to go Boshe or Miele because they don't have food grinders, I must have a food grinder. I did like the Kenmoore Pro which is also a three-tier - I think made by KitchenAid but serviced by Sears - however, they don't have an integrated one meaning my door cannot be used! Sorry to go on and on, maybe I should move this to the venting thread!

On a brighter note, I do like all the other GE appliances I purchased and have had no problems with any of them.

Thanks for your info Robo!
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Old 05-17-2007, 01:07 PM   #16
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Question Boshe

Originally Posted by Michelemarie

I don't want to go Boshe or Miele because they don't have food grinders,

What's a food grinder?

And funny you should mention Boshe as I'm thinking about a Boshe refrigerator. It was encouraging to hear that you like all your other GE appliances, though.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:26 PM   #17
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We got GE appliances when we built our house 4 years ago and we hate them. Everyone one of them has been repaired more than once and the self cleaning function on the oven has never worked. I had a Bosch dishwasher that was great, but now I have a Whirlpool dishwasher, washer and dryer and they have been very reliable. No problems at all. We would never buy GE again.
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Old 05-17-2007, 03:41 PM   #18
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Side by side refrigerator

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When we moved into this house, there was a side-by-side refrigerator. I've never been more frustrated with a refrigerator in my life. It was a constant challenge trying to fit larger containers in it. Hated the freezer part, too. Feel the whole concept of this type of refrigerator is very inefficient.
We're renovating our kitchen and I just wanted to mention, in case there might be some misunderstanding, that the refrigerator we're buying (can't remember the brand, sorry) has a freezer on the bottom and what they call French doors - it looks like a side-by-side on top, but when you open the doors, you have a full-width fridge. I was wondering if the original poster may have meant a fridge like this.
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Old 05-17-2007, 04:31 PM   #19
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Gotgarlic, that is the fridge we purchased - dh likes side by side and I hate them, I wanted a freezer on the bottom so this was a nice compromise. The only issue I have with this refrigerator is that we have ice and water in the door and the ice maker is small - making 124 cubes a day, which is fine for me, but my mother in law just visited for 10 days and drained the entire freezer of ice! Might not be good on a party day either.

Bayouelton - a food grinder chops up all the food particles left on dishes and disposes of it. None of the foreign dishwashers will have this. The food trap at the bottom needs to be cleaned. I don't know, only heard, that this starts to smell.

I also heard that other than GE, Amana makes all brands of domestic french door bottom freezer fridges now except, of course Kenmoore and LG. Again, I don't know that for sure but just was told that by a large appliance center (ABT). The insides of them sure do look alike.

To add to my rant and rave about GE dishwashers yesterday, just yesterday GE listed a recall of 2.5 million dishwashers - fire hazard! This is almost the same problem I am having except this recall is for the dishwasher drying agent and mine is from the smart dispense dishwasher soap! Sadly, my dw is not in the recall but I am afraid all these people who could get rebates will go to the store and buy my dishwasher -which has almost the identical problem. I have been on the phone today the US Consumer Affairs and the store I purchased it from is trying to get in touch with Corporate office of GE - this is dangerous - there have been 191 reports and 56 reports of actual property damage and 12 reports of fires that went outside of the dw - serious stuff. If you have a GE dw check this link out:

General Electric Recalls Dishwashers Due to Fire Hazard

It was on the local news here too. Very scary. I don't know what will happen in my situation - I'll keep you posted.

Also, I agree with CharlieD - gas cooktop and electric oven - very nice.
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Old 05-22-2007, 11:02 AM   #20
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Model numbers are always something to watch....but if you are dealing with a large reputable reseller its usually not a problem. Always Always check model numbers against the manufactuer web site and question when they don't match.

It is a common thing in the PC industry for a shop like Bestbuy to get a specific model number granted to them. This way they can offer price matching without worrying that they will be undercut by anyone.
Ie They sell a HP1101 while the rest of the world sells a HP1100.

There are also what is referred to as grey market sellers. These are either dealers that are unauthorized to sell a product (often internet resellers) or the store purchased the product at a signficant discount and owns the cost of warrantying the item. This is fine if the store stays in business and actually does honor the warranty. Some times its invisble to the consumer. Ie Whirlpool comes out and fixes the unit but the bill gets covered by xxx retailer vs whirpool proper.

Leons and united have been known to go grey and has been cited before for failing to disclose an item is refurbished (vs new).

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