Feb. 14th, 2010

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I bought a new 'refrig on Friday.

Not there is really anything wrong with the existing 'refrig except that it's 25+ years old and not very energy efficient at this point.

NYS is running a rebate for new large appliances and I thought it was time. They will give me $105 if I buy a new EnergyStar complient refrig and recycle the old one. It would be a great deal if my fridge was actually broken or failing in some way other than simply using more energy than a new one.

Refrigerators are frigging expensive. The bottom of the line starts at about $800. The fancy ones are up well over $2K, and there really isn't a lot of true differences between them. A couple of different styles - top freeze, bottom freeze, side-by-side, and a new french door style. Options - ice/water in door or not, ice maker in freezer or not. Stainless-steel or painted metal. And quite honestly, that is it. There are some minor variations is size (18 to 26 CF), and a couple counter-depth ones.

The real difference is in height. Some of them are over 6 ft tall. Most of them are over 69" tall. The cabinet that my existing 'refrig is under is 69 1/2" from the ground so that puts a big limit on choices.

I ended up buying a Kenmore, bottom freezer with an ice maker. It's actually relatively similar to the existing Kenmore. I considered ones with ice / water in the door but they were an incremental +$400. It's a nice feature, but the current methodology seems to worked OK for the last 20 years. It's hard enough justifying this purchase although it will be nice to not hear the 'refrig every 20 minutes.

I bought it Friday evening and spent all of the night toss-and-turning and not sleeping worrying about if I made a good choice. I'll let you know in 20 years.

Everybody was worried about the appliance rebate selling out immediately so stores opened early Friday and Saturday. Sears was open at 6am. There was lots of action Friday at 8pm, but absolutely nothing at 10:30am on Saturday. Apparently there was no need to worry. As of now they have reserved up only 12% of the $15.8M allocated to the program.

Update 2/16/2010:
I canceled the order. I spent a few sleepless nights pondering this purchase and finally decided that I didn't like it. If I'm going to get a new 'fridge, I want Ice and Water in the door as an improvement to the existing 'fridge. The improved energy efficiency would be real nice, however the comment from people at work about the life expectancy of new 'fridges was depressing (<10years). I will wait until this one dies before I go into this adventure again.

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