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Old 08-06-2014, 05:55 AM   #21
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I like the lighting in fridges these days. Efficient bright white LED lighting.
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:30 AM   #22
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remember that "Good Ol Sears" is made by Whirlpool, for which my ice maker in my Whirlpool reminds of the whirlpool in a porcelain device I also have. You would think if you drop >$1500 on fridge that the ice maker would not clog evertime you crush ice. If i need another fridge i may drop the cash to get a Viking.
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:19 PM   #23
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Steve it could be the solenoid that controls the water flow. If it is leaking by, you won't find an external leak.
This is a very possible cause. The solenoid is very easy to access and to replace.
Pull out the fridge and see the water line. This water line goes directly to this solenoid valve.
Check here for the leak. While it pulled out check the plastic line that runs from the solenoid to the back of the freezer compartment.
Check each connection and the plastic water lines themselves.
If water is leaking on the floor, it will be accessible from the outside of the fridge.
Water bypassing (leaking by) this valve will over fill the ice maker inside the freezer and overflow into the freezer.
There is an adjustment for ice cube size. If its overfilling inside the freezer, it might just be overflowing the tray. This is easily corrected .
So is the water leaking from the inside or the outside?

As far as top freezer vs bottom freezer I am not so sure what to think.
Cold air settles and therefore it seems the top freezer would be more efficient. The fridge does use cold air from the freezer to cool the fridge.

But its the fridge part we use the most and not having to do a squat to get to my vegetable bins would be nice.
My wife wanted the bottom freezer with French doors last time we shopped for a fridge. I overruled her and we got the top freezer.
Its going strong now for 17 years with no issue other than the ice maker which I repaired with the help of YouTube. (There is a video for most any job around the house).
My fridge makes more ice than the manual says it will make. I can get a full ice bucket in less than 24 hours. Really full.
We must have an ice maker.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:10 PM   #24
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I bought a used fridge from a very nice place, many moons ago. The guy who owned it always pulled out the ice makers out of any fridges that had them before selling. He was tired of the complaints, because ice makers break so easily.

Roll_Bones, I have seen documentaries that say a top freezer is a dumb idea. Heat rises, so it heats up the freezer (not much, but measurably). The drawer freezer at the bottom doesn't "lose as much cold" when opened as the door at the top. The cold air tends to settle in a drawer and fall out of the freezer with a door.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:26 PM   #25
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After reading these comments, I had to go check the manufacturer of my fridge It's a Maytag. I really like it - we've had no issues since it was installed with our kitchen remodel seven years ago. We have an ice maker in the freezer, but no ice/water dispenser in the door. The salesman said that's the number one problem with fridges - it's another piece of machinery that can break down, and it takes up a lot of space inside the fridge.

Laurie, when we remodeled our kitchen, we ended up getting four different makes of appliances - fridge, range, microwave and dishwasher. They're all black, so they blend in together, and we just wanted to get the ones that matched our needs, not each other

Although if I could do it again, I wouldn't get the Fisher & Paykel dish drawer. It's not deep enough for some of our plates and you can't wash platters or sheet pans in it. OTOH, you can wash more often because you can fill one drawer faster; that works for us since there's only the two of us.
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Old 08-06-2014, 01:49 PM   #26
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My current fridge is a Maytag. The problem areas are the ice maker and interior lights.

After replacing the ice maker two times, I took it out and use ice cube trays that I fill manually. I'm getting tired of that too.

The lights in the fridge are up front and are partially in the path of tall items. They have plastic shields that get knocked off. They dislodge from the cabinet and hang down. I have to keep re-installing them.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:07 PM   #27
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My current fridge is a Maytag. The problem areas are the ice maker and interior lights.

After replacing the ice maker two times, I took it out and use ice cube trays that I fill manually. I'm getting tired of that too.

The lights in the fridge are up front and are partially in the path of tall items. They have plastic shields that get knocked off. They dislodge from the cabinet and hang down. I have to keep re-installing them.
I have no issues with the ice maker. The lights and control panel are front and center in my fridge, too, but it's tall enough, and the shelf is set, so that I can put shorter items there, like jams and jellies, cream cheese, Better than Bouillon, etc. And it's only in the middle - on the left side, it's taller. The shields have never come off of mine. I don't really notice it. Your fridge is twice as old as mine, so it seems they've made some improvements.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:47 PM   #28
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Andy, as I mentioned before, I wasn't willing to give up freezer space to an icemaker.

We are more than pleased with this solution. We put it in the garage to save counter space, but it's quite good looking and very efficient.

AI-100R NewAir Red Compact Portable Icemaker With 28 lb Ice Capacity
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:48 PM   #29
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That sounds right.

This morning I was going to go shopping for the fridge W/O SO because she has work. She's also booked Saturday morning. After all, it's MY kitchen and we already agreed on the style. Color and size are predetermined by other appliances and space available. She corrected that misconception quickly and we will be shopping together when she gets back from her appointment.

That's actually fine with me because she provides a different perspective.
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:49 PM   #30
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I hear ya. Mine's about the same age. Lately, the ice maker has developed a slow leak that requires periodic cleanup. If we go out of town for a few days I usually come back to a little puddle on the floor. I'll be darned if I can find the leak, though.

We got this refrigerator free as part of a rewards program from a company I used to work for, along with the stove and microwave oven. They're all the same brand (Kitchenaid) and from the same product line, so it's hard to retire one appliance without retiring them all.

So for now, I keep dealing with the drip until it gets to the point where frustration edges out inconvenience.
I thought my 5 year old 'fridge had had it when I found puddles of water on the floor until I traced the source to a blockage in the drain hole at the back. Got a piece of thin wire and gently poked around a bit, brought up a lump of gunge and all has been well since.
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