Any experiences with FP freezers?

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6 years 10 months ago #511700 by muri
I did try to read consumer for reports on freezers but somehow the whole thing wouldnt work.
I bought a new deep freeze after my 30 year old 2nd had one packed up.
One week down the track, or possibly 1 1/2, i notice the meat isnt frozen. I rang the local F + P repair man who said the compressor has gone.
He was going to replace the whole deep freeze with a new one but I wonder if I have chosen the wrong brand?
Anyone got any consumer reports on FP freezers?

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6 years 10 months ago #511937 by Ruth
Sometimes you get a dud, in any brand. You're lucky you noticed quickly or they'd have opted for repair, not replace.

We had endless trouble with a fridge at the beginning of its life and worse trouble with the repair company. Eventually, after accepting that we were fighting a losing battle, and that we would perhaps put our own dents and scratches in the door (well, we probably wouldn't, but one notices less, in time), the fridge just got on with the job as it should have done from the start and has worked for years. I'm probably tempting fate now.

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6 years 10 months ago #511940 by Stikkibeek
Our F&P is now 20 years old. It was one of the early ones where they changed to non ozone destroying gas. It has performed well.
It is of course owned by Haier now so, can't vouch for the quality of the recent appliances.
None are devoid of faults however. Our quite new sidexside fridge freezer spat the dummy between Christmas and New year. getting someone at that time was a challenge in itself, and he determined that the little solenoid that kicked the compressor into gear had died. Now, you'd think they would carry a few spares in the country when it turns out it is a known fault, but no, had to get the spare part from Australia, and they didn't have one. They didn't have one for 3 whole months. Somewhere in these pages I wrote about it. Try doing without adequate refrigeration over the summer and you get very inventive. Ours is a Whirlpool, USA made. I wrote a letter of complaint to "Head Office" If you read the sickening blurb they write about themselves and their attributes and qualifications, you'd think they were decent citizens, but no, didn't even get an acknowledgement of my letter!

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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6 years 10 months ago #511943 by kai
I have an old one in the garage that I was given. It got flooded and I claimed for a new one. After a couple of months of it sat there doing nothing and I flicked the switch back on, just being curious. It sprang into life an is still going. So if being knee deep in water still does not kill it, I wonder what it will take.

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6 years 10 months ago #511953 by terralee
We bought our last F&P freezer brand new around 1995 ...still going strong ...never missed a beat in 5 moves to different properties ....money well spent[;)]
Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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6 years 10 months ago #511955 by wandering free
F&P replace our last fridge freezer about a year outside the guarantee after a few problems with bad assembly and a faulty part, I sent them a letter telling them what I thought of it, then the final fault the gas leaked out. touch wood the replacement has been fine.

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6 years 10 months ago #511956 by igor
Last time I went to the electric shop to get a part for my 1990 something F&P fridge that I bought second hand from a different electric shop about ten years ago they knew what I needed and had the part. They also told me that the new fridges they sell now are not likely to last ten years.

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6 years 10 months ago #511959 by Anakei
I have had a F&P side by side fridge freezer for 10 years with 3 moves. No problems. I also have a F&P dishdrawer and washing machine. I go with F&P after experiencing difficulties with spares with other makes of appliances.
We were early takers of the dishdrawer when it first came out and after a couple of years it corroded a hole through the top of the appliance and blew the countertop above it. When F&P were notified they replaced the dishdrawer straight away and paid to have the countertop replaced no arguments. (This design fault has now been rectified!) I have always found their appliances to be good ( excepting that instance) and their customer service exceptional which is why we went for a F&P washing machine when our last one (Asko $500 to replace the motor) blew. I have registered all appliances with F&P for the guarantee as I think that helps with servicing.

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6 years 10 months ago #511969 by muri
Thanks for responses, a bit of a mixed bag of experiences but I had heard once they had moved their factories overseas that the standard had not been maintained

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6 years 10 months ago #511973 by Ronney
We bought a new F & P freezer 3 months ago and apart from the fact that I don't really need a light inside the freezer lid, it has given no trouble. I doubt that it will give the service that the 40 year old Prestcold did but I doubt I'll be worried by then.

Cheers,
Ronnie

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6 years 10 months ago #511995 by igor
I have a Prestcold fridge from the 1950s that still works just fine.

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6 years 10 months ago #512008 by eelcat
We have I think 7 of them - the oldest is 34 years - not a peep of trouble from any of them

1 Border collie, 1 Huntaway, 2 Lhasa Apsos, Suffolk and arapawa ewe crosses, an Arapawa ram,an East Friesian ewe , 5 cats, 42 ducks , 1 rooster and 30 hens, 5 geese, 12 goats, 2 donkeys, 2 house cows, one heifer calf, one bull calf, 3 rabbits and lots and lots and lots of fruit trees...

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6 years 10 months ago #512024 by muri
Well, a brand new deep freeze arrived yesterday afternoon. Lets hope it last longer.
I do believe the older products are probably much better, many things made today are of inferior quality to their older counterparts

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6 years 10 months ago #512044 by ccrk9
My 30 year old fridge freezer died in the heat last January. I had no issues with it running but the hook on bins on the door of fridge kept leaping off. A couple of shelves would collapse, never got them right from day one. Couldnt afford a new name brand fridge so got a cheap fridge from Mitre 10 mega, and a few months later a up right freezer. So far so good and they have a 2 year waranty. Best of all my power bill has gone down $40 a month

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living from a small piece of land. ~ Abraham Lincoln ~

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6 years 9 months ago #512174 by terralee

muri;518955 wrote: Well, a brand new deep freeze arrived yesterday afternoon. Lets hope it last longer.
I do believe the older products are probably much better, many things made today are of inferior quality to their older counterparts

So what brand did you end up going with :)
Cheers

Leonie & Zoo!!! :silly: :woohoo:

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