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celestina89

HU-587273708: I'll disagree with you about trimming granite or other stone surfaces such as quartzite. Quartz by the way is engineered - manmade stone like materials made with resin and dyes.

My counters are granite. I replaced a 25 plus year old fridge with a new one. Despite careful measuring, the new unit required an additional ⅓" more space. I contacted the granite company that installed the granite. They came out and within 20 minutes had the granite not only cut to size, but rolled the edges, polished, resealed and totally cleaned up. Because I was a customer the charge was nominal. They even left me new bottles of sealer and cleaner.

As long as one hires folks who are experienced in handling the materials chosen, there shouldn't be any problems to trim a piece whether natural stone or engineered.

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Lori

Ncs6–yes, they’re expensive but if you don’t have to replace it for decades, it works out the same. Our lake house has a subzero that was installed new in 1996. It is still going strong. No repairs. Our friends who had one installed two years earlier down the road had to replace motor after 23 years. The cost was $1800. However, the refrigerator is now expected to go for another 20 years. We had a subzero installed in our Houston house in 2013 when the Whirlpool that was in it when we bought the house died. We did have to have the mother board replaced ($3000) when a power surge killed it. However, that was not the fault of the fridge. The installer failed to install a surge protector. It just seems to be worth the extra money to is to not have to worry about replacing a built-in fridge. All my friends complain about fridges only lasting a few years but still rising in price ($5000-$7000). The $10000 we paid for our SZ seems worth it if we never have to replace it.

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celestina89

@Lori: I think price depends not only upon quality but also longevity and replacement costs. The average refrigerator/freezer combo is less than $2500. I've never had a 'fridge totally give up the dust in less than 30 years. Even a new compressor or motor costs today less than $600 including installation.

The refrigerator/freezers I've purchased over the years have all served me well. I've paid anywhere from $600 to $1500 for each of them. To date, I have paid less than $5000 for all the refrigerators I've purchased and owned. But then, the only time I buy a new 'fridge is when I've sold it (1) along with the house. The rest (2), I tend to move them to my new abode. I'm fixing to buy one more 'fridge for my cottage in the woods in a couple years as the people who are buying my ranch house will include my current one.

There are quite a number of brands over the years that have quality, longevity and few if any repairs. The key to most is maintenance of the condenser and the appliance.

BTW, I've had a Kitchen-Aid that is now 34 years old and still going strong (gave it to someone who needed a fridge). I've also had a Whirlpool that was 18 years when I sold the house. I visited the people 5 years ago and they still had that same 'fridge. So that one was 32 years and still counting - and it still looked good. Both of them cost in the $500-800 range. My current one is a Samsung I purchased for $1100 in 2008 which makes it 11 years old. Never had a repair on it and it still looks new.

So, price isn't a high factor for me in deciding which 'fridge/freezer to purchase. I generally look for quality and longevity as well as function at the lowest possible price.

   

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