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Post# 531275   7/17/2011 at 23:13 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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I only ever read this forum, so I'm posting here unless Robert moves it, sorry. I found a perfect old refridge today, $37.50, Hotpoint #226EW12, serial #0641172, I believe 1964 model? I plugged it in, works fine, about 2.5 hours to make ice, so now it's all wiped clean and filling with food.

Post# 531278 , Reply# 1   7/17/2011 at 23:16 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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Some spots, old mildew??? I will try 2 more cleaners tomorrow, and MILD bleach, but if I can't clean it up, it's not so bad that I can't use artful placement of fridge magnets and whatnot to cover up some imperfections

Post# 531279 , Reply# 2   7/17/2011 at 23:17 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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Post# 531280 , Reply# 3   7/17/2011 at 23:18 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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Post# 531281 , Reply# 4   7/17/2011 at 23:20 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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insides again---I'm glad the interior is colorful, but glad the exterior is white to match all other kitchen appliances

Post# 531282 , Reply# 5   7/17/2011 at 23:20 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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There isn't much depth in this kitchen alcove to get a deep shot

Post# 531283 , Reply# 6   7/17/2011 at 23:30 (2,473 days old) by A440 ()        


Looks to be in mint shape!


Post# 531290 , Reply# 7   7/18/2011 at 00:15 (2,473 days old) by arbilab (Ft Worth TX (Ridglea))        

Wasn't that a co-star on several episodes of Ozzie and Harriet?

Post# 531295 , Reply# 8   7/18/2011 at 00:39 (2,473 days old) by StrongEnough78 (California)        

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This is the perfect spot for this thread, no worries :) at least I don't think it would be a problem lol.

Post# 531302 , Reply# 9   7/18/2011 at 02:22 (2,473 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Mark, I think there's a typo in your initial post.  That fridge looks more like 1954, not 1964. 


Does it still have the drain tube for the freezer that routes the defrost water into the rear trough of the fresh food section?


I had really good results cleaning up my '57 Combination's finish with Meguiar's Car Cleaner/Polish.  Apply like a cleaner and remove/buff like a polish.  I'm starting with cleaning up an old KA mixer, which has some large yellowed areas on its white finish.  I tried the same Meguiar's stuff on a small area of the mixer housing and the yellowing vanished.  I'm sold on the stuff!


Great find on the fridge -- you stole that thing -- and it looks like a perfect fit.  It'll run forever. 

Post# 531309 , Reply# 10   7/18/2011 at 04:05 (2,473 days old) by paulg (My sweet home... Chicago)        
Butter keeper?

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That is very similar to and earlier than my Parent's 1958 model Hotpoint.
It had a heated butter keeper which was the best part of it.
But it had a goofy humungous vegetable keeper (plastic) that was hard to manage.
I agree, it will probably run forever.
However don't let the frost in the freezer build up too much or the plastic trim will crack. Ours did.

Post# 531316 , Reply# 11   7/18/2011 at 06:01 (2,473 days old) by customline (pennsylvania)        
Try this.......


Post# 531319 , Reply# 12   7/18/2011 at 07:06 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Hey RP

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Yes, there's a tube that routes the defrost water down to the cheap plastic emptying tray, haven't seen one of them in years! And I know MEguairs from the car care store, I'll get some in a day or two, thanks.

Paulg---Yes there's a heated butter keeper, but I don't know yet if it works. Cool for sure.

Here's the last 2 pics [I can't always get sideways pictures to stand up, hmm....

Post# 531320 , Reply# 13   7/18/2011 at 07:07 (2,473 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
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Post# 532686 , Reply# 14   7/25/2011 at 04:28 (2,466 days old) by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Butter warmer

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Yes, the butter warmer works, what a weird thing! I just leave the dish out on the counter when I want it soft, never heard of such a thing, but kinda fun. This machine is now a week in use, car finish rubbing compound got all the spots off the exterior, and all is well for a mid 1950's Hotpoint!

Post# 532745 , Reply# 15   7/25/2011 at 12:56 (2,465 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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I would kill for one of those butter keepers, and it's the only thing I find deficient on my GE Combination.  I don't know why modern fridges don't offer them.  They can't skew the energy numbers that much.


Great news about the car polish results.  It's my go-to cleaner for appliances anymore.

Post# 989127 , Reply# 16   4/1/2018 at 21:19 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        
Almost 8 years until the first repair

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This 1954 fridge has been running wonderfully for 8 years, then Thursday it was warm inside, I played with the temp knob around 10 times and it ran 2 more days, then Saturday it was warm again. So all the food is in the spare apartment sized fridge in the basement, and I tore into this today. As I removed the "cold control" thermo switch, the capillary broke a foot away, where I was NOT putting stress on it in the removal. So to test the rest of the fridge, I removed the switch entirely, jumped across the 2 wires that had been on the switch's 2 pins, and plugged her in. The compressor came on instantly and quietly. So then I got a timer that allows for 1/2 hour on, 1/2 hour off, and plugged that into the wall. 3 hours later it's at 38 degrees, proving it's the thermo-switch-capillary assembly. Ebay has a 2 pin #WPF22A that seems to be a very generic control with a foot long capillary, plenty long enough. I might have to use an oven or washer knob to fit the new switch, but I think I figgered out the problem and the fix and will keep you posted. I'd have hated to say goodbye to this old fridge, it's kept me eating well for years and is a perfect fit for my 40's 50's kitchen. Had it been anything to do with the compressor, I think I'd have to say goodbye.

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Post# 989250 , Reply# 17   4/3/2018 at 00:09 by Stan (Napa CA)        
Your clever!

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So glad you figured it out! Bet it was a relief to find that was all it was!
I'll be interested to see how this works out

Post# 989603 , Reply# 18   4/5/2018 at 21:18 by akronman (Akron/Cleveland Ohio)        

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It took about 2 minutes to install, the 62 year old holes lined up perfectly for the brand new swtich, and it cycles more often but for less time, keeping everything a nice 37 degrees.
That old 1956 Hotpoint is silent and cold.

Post# 989708 , Reply# 19   4/6/2018 at 23:23 by Stan (Napa CA)        

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As long as it works, but How dose the new switch look?

Post# 989711 , Reply# 20   4/6/2018 at 23:55 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Seen at least a couple Hotpoint fridges like this, in my old neighborhood, but never with those door handles, and one had H O T P O I N T written across the refrigerator door, which if not for that, would'a thought one moved right across the street, as the one at one place disappeared, replaced by a brown Admiral ice & water dispensing, split-freezer door side by side...

-- Dave

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