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Rebuild or Replace our 14 year- old SubZero?

Absolutely, but I guess the SZ are worth it for the long run. After our 14 year old had its evaporator replaced, it's been relatively trouble free. The ice maker has not been working properly - makes chips of ice occasionally. But, I suspect this may be a plumbing problem involving the water hook up in the back. Have hesitated bringing a plumber because of the expense and been going without ice.

Oct 14, 2013
bluenote18 in Cookware

Rebuild or Replace our 14 year- old SubZero?

Thanks, very reassuring. The repairman intimated as such when he said that our SZ is very fixable and even the new SZ shelves "not as sturdy" as the ones we we currently have.

Repairmen have said the same thing about how appliances today are no longer built to last. We have a full-size Panasonic microwave that fits perfectly inside of our cabinet. When it stopped working, the appliance repair shop told us this was worth fixing, that the new ones are no longer built as well. With just one repair, it has lasted us 25 years.

Jun 06, 2012
bluenote18 in Cookware

Rebuild or Replace our 14 year- old SubZero?

They told us it would depend on what went wrong. Best case scenario, a new evaporator @$800. Worst case scenario, a complete rebuild. We dodged the bullet this time, "only" the evaporator needed replacement. What happens next time? Repairman says that SZ are very "fixable" relative to other refrigerators. Will this be like being nibbled to death by ducks?

Jun 05, 2012
bluenote18 in Cookware

Rebuild or Replace our 14 year- old SubZero?

It ended up costing $800. Warranty is good for a year. A lot less than the $8,000 it would cost new... if it lasts a bit and nothing else big goes wrong.

Jun 05, 2012
bluenote18 in Cookware

Rebuild or Replace our 14 year- old SubZero?

Our 14 year old built-in SZ 550 refrigeration section no longer cools below 45 degrees. The repairman is suggesting that we rebuild it. Is this ever a good idea? Or should we bite the bullet and replace it? If the latter, with what? We have liked this SZ although it has had its share of (minor) repairs. We are now retired and need to think twice about big expenditures.

Jun 05, 2012
bluenote18 in Cookware