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Post# 997965   6/21/2018 at 16:56 by pulltostart (Mobile, AL)        

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The ad claims this is a Whirlpool, but the logo on the tray beneath the freezer is very clearly General Electric.  


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Post# 997968 , Reply# 1   6/21/2018 at 19:16 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
According to my GE Refrigerator brochure pages....

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the fridge in question is a 1960 General Electric BB11T, and is one of the numerous appliances from General Electric's Golden Value Line of the 60's. PAT COFFEY

Post# 997972 , Reply# 2   6/21/2018 at 19:34 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Cheap to operate but having to defrost several times a year, naaa. 2 door manual defrost models are more easier to deal with. I broke down and bought a new Frigidaire FFTR1821TW last month, 30' wide when the 23 year old Whirlpool's freezer fan got too loud. My first electric bill dropped $10 after getting it. Walls and doors are way more insulated than the old one and it runs much less. The old Whirlpool still works and is in my basement, just in case.

Post# 997990 , Reply# 3   6/21/2018 at 23:06 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Thats the fridge

We had for many years, My Uncle gave it to my family to replace the 50 Westinghouse because the Westy had no shelves in the door.These keep food MUCH better than a frost free!

Post# 997991 , Reply# 4   6/21/2018 at 23:09 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
I dont mind

Defrosting, its a small price to pay for having frozen food that is not freezer burned like Frost Free fridges turn out.And for foods not being dried out by air blowing over them.

Post# 997994 , Reply# 5   6/22/2018 at 00:18 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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The subject fridge isn't a Combination (maybe GE had discontinued the single door Combos by 1960?) so the freezer isn't sealed shut and won't even get down to zero.  It requires more frequent defrosting than a Combination as a result.  It could be used as a back-up/overflow/drinks fridge, but the freezer isn't designed for long term storage. 


I really like the high positioning of the door handle though, and the fridge is handsome and appears to be in nice shape.  Still, at most it's worth maybe half of what they're asking.

Post# 997996 , Reply# 6   6/22/2018 at 02:13 by ea56 (Sonoma Co.,CA)        

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In my 20ís I lived in a few apts that had refrigerators like this one. Like Ralph said, the freezers werenít good for long term storage, but that was never a problem. I found them to be more than adequete and they did keep food fresher without the fan blowing air all over the contents. And defrosting didnít take that long, and gave you an excuse to clean it out too.

I shop once a week and I could make one of these work for our everyday needs. When we were first married we lived in a little house that had a Pink Frigidaire fridge like this one. When we had holiday dinners we just used our ice chest for the drinks, and could have enough room for all the food needed for a family holiday dinner.

I like simplicity and personally donít have any desire for one of these huge behemoth refrigerators with French doors and all the wasted space and crap to break down. And I hate Stainless Steel appliances. We have a 15 cu ft GE top freezer fridge and its just right.


Post# 998014 , Reply# 7   6/22/2018 at 08:55 by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
maybe GE had discontinued the single door Combos by 1960?

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GE made a single door combo all the way up to 1962. In 1963 they replaced the single door model with a 2 door model about the same size. PAT COFFEY

Post# 998021 , Reply# 8   6/22/2018 at 10:24 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        

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Post# 998024 , Reply# 9   6/22/2018 at 10:32 by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
After looking closer

I agree with the above...This was NOT exactly like the one we had, ours WAS a combination, it looked the same except it had a flat refrigerated plate in the back of the fridge section, and it did have the same door to the freezer that WAS sealed, if you look close this fridge has a drip pan, ours had a drain hole in the bottom of the fridge and one in the freezer for defrosting, it had a pan you emptied underneath, it said COMBINATION on the door

Post# 998032 , Reply# 10   6/22/2018 at 14:16 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Hans, thanks for expanding on my statements further up.  The fridge you described is more of an all-purpose model than the one above. 


The sealed or separate freezer door does indeed reduce the frequency of defrostings, and the drains make it a cinch.  Since replacing the freezer door gasket on my Combo, I only defrost on average twice a year.  It can use a defrosting now, but since the frost only accumulates on the ceiling, it doesn't make a mess of the contents.  IIRC, the last time I defrosted was this past September, nine months ago!  Of course, it's not my daily driver so the freezer door doesn't get opened for days at a time.


PAT, thanks for the info on the single door Combos' production run.


Eddie, I think you know this, but in case you don't, the two-door frosts-freely Combinations didn't use fans.  Only the Frost Guard models did.  After replacing our '70 Whirlpool frostless with the '57 Combo, it took a while to get used to the quiet when opening either of the Combo's doors.


With regard to fans in general, I have to say that our 2009 KA Architect SxS fridge is super quiet during operation, inside and out.  Even the Combo has a forced draft condenser fan below, and it's more audible than the KA's.  Inside the KA, the fans are a lot quieter than on previous fridges we've owned.  Since expanding the opening that housed the dreadfully inadequate Samsung fridge that was here when we bought the new house, the KA shoehorned into the space perfectly and looks built-in, and it's nearly silent when running.

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