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This review is about the Kenmore 22052 convertible refrigerator/freezer. After my 32 cubic foot LG French door fridge died, I spent significant amount of time researching the "next" refrigerator, and this website was invaluable. We almost bought a Frigidaire Gallery French door fridge, but to my horror, all of the units I looked at had green corrosion on the copper refrigerant tubing solder connections. These are brand-new units. It's a tell-tale sign of sloppy workmanship. The green crud is corrosion from failure to wipe off excess flux during soldering. In time it will develop a leak. I decided it was time for back-to-basics: no-frills, good workmanship, Made in USA.
I stumbled upon the Kenmore 22052 freezer which is made by Frigidaire/Electrolux in the USA (Most Frigidaire are made in Mexico). It is a freezer OR refrigerator (but not both -- it only has 1 compartment). The thickness of the walls is twice that of regular refrigerators, at nearly 3 inches. No electronic control. Uses a Panasonic DGK66C10RLU compressor. Lots of empty space where compressor and condenser coil are located, to promote natural airflow. No fan on the condenser coil to break (There is fan or blower for the evaporator coil, obviously.) And NO GREEN CRUD on the solder joints!
I figured if it's a freezer operating as a refrigerator, it's like driving a 500hp car at 25mph. It probably won't be working very hard, which hopefully extends its operational life. On sale for $649 -- pulled the trigger. Sears delivery was very good. They called 3 times to let me know delivery window. They were ahead of schedule. Not a single scratch on the unit or my house. Delivery folks even leveled the unit.
The 22052 is big... Almost the same footprint as my old LG and just 2" shy in width at 34". It's a true 20 cubic foot unit. (Many manufacturer's size rating is just volume calculation, rather than usable space.) There is more "refrigerator" space than just about any residential side-by-side or French door unit. Of course, operating it as a refrigerator means it has no freezer. But the target audience for this box is folks who want a 2nd or garage fridge. I just happen to use it as my main fridge in the kitchen. The door seal is phenomenal -- if I don't yank on the door hard, it'll move the entire fridge. There are no wheels on this unit, so moving it is a bit of a chore. Build quality and fit and finish are very good.
Operationally, it gets very, very cold as a refrigerator. This is because it's really designed as a freezer! I have the dial set to what would be 37F. As it uses a traditional rotary compressor rather than an inverter compressor, there is a larger temperature variance compared with the LG. It gets very cold when operating, but have not experienced "freezer burn" on fruits yet. The insulation must be decent, because it only runs for 5 minutes every 25-30min at 70F ambient temp. The old LG seemed to run constantly. With such low duty cycle, I'm hoping it will last.
There is no water, no ice maker, no built-in TV. Nothing to break or leak. It comes in appliance white only. (You can pay more for Frigidaire version with stainless door, electronic control, and better interior.) Nice thing is the door is magnetic, unlike most stainless steel door fridge. The power cord is a bit short, probably 5ft. In the back, there is no cover over the compressor compartment. Everything seems easily accessible with good airflow. Haven't measure power consumption yet, but it should be middle of the pack for something this size.
The 22052 is noisy when it runs. There's refrigerant gurgling noise, buzz from compressor, and the evap fan has droning noise. The LG was whisper quiet compared to this. But after my LG experience, I just want something that's reliable and will last more than 5 years. Two of these would make a killer giant side-by-side because you can have one operating as freezer, and the second as a refrigerator. The door and handle are reversible.
The interior is cheap, no doubt about it. The molded-in shelves on the door feel like they can't support much weight. There are no drawers, but a couple of baskets, one of which is like a drawer that can be pulled out. But no actual drawers or compartments. Shelves are glass, but with no center support, it flexes quite a bit underweight. What do you expect for $649? Time will tell what kind of reliability the 22052 has. It can last 5 years without problem, I would be very happy. This is as no-frills as a refrigerator comes, yet offers enormous size for the money and solid build quality as far as the eyes can see. I'm hoping it lives up to the Frigidaire name of years ago.
This is a great refrigerator. Its size really lets us keep everything we need in it and also, it has an alarm to let you know that the door has been left open.
Hidden fees on warranty. Do not buy! Bought Sears Kenmore Elite refrigerator 11-2015. Today is 2-14-18. Model 79574O25411. Outside of one year of purchase they wanted $155 to send technician out to "diagnose" problem. Then I would be expected to pay labor rate plus any parts outside of warranty in addition to service call fee. I paid another company $75 to diagnose that the compressor was bad. The compressor is under warranty but sears customer service refused to provide compressor as you must use their service people and pay their going rate EVEN IF THE PART IS UNDER WARRANTY. This is practically a new refrigerator ($2500+) with a major part bad (compressor $300+tax). I found out after that this Kenmore Elite is a rebrand (actually made by LG). It had been rated by Consumer Reports as a good model to buy. This is not the case.
Kenmore appliances used to be reliable but have gone down so much that my husband as a builder, after using them for over 15+ years finally had to recently switch brand/distributors. Where to begin?! Less than one month after installation the refrigerator ice maker broke. Fixed it and it broke again. Now we just buy ice. We are so sick of dealing with appts etc.
It's loud and seems to always be making all kinds of crazy noises. Our double oven also new - from the get go convection fan wasn't and still isn't working properly even after being “fixed”. Top element rattles loud even though screwed in tight, service tells us it's because the inside is made so cheap they all rattle even if tightened - nothing they can do about it. So every time we cook we have to listen to a loud rattle. Every day I am reminded how much I despise Sears and Kenmore appliances for the garbage they sold us, wasted our money, and didn't stand behind. Our flat top stove is the only thing I love.
I purchased a Kenmore Elite Bottom Refrigerator from Sears and I had a total of three major repairs the last being a new compressor. This last incident was on Friday, February 2, 2018. Buyer be mindful that the Kenmore Elite does not have Kenmore product with Kenmore parts but LG parts. You must pay attention to the model #. Refrigerators that have their parts are GE, Whirlpool and Frigidaire. The time for a replacement part with Sears is a minimum of two weeks. This means I have no Refrigerator. The lemon law requires 4 repairs in a year. I had four but they failed to record to keep good records.
I am joining the conversation about the Kenmore Elite refrigerator. Our 2.5 year old fridge died on January 1st, 2018. After two visits from repairmen, the first guy ordered a part and we waited ten days, and then the second repairman came to install the part and said it was the wrong part, we need a new compressor. We are in need of a part to go with the compressor, a valve, that is just now being manufactured and they have no idea when this valve will be ready. Of course, I have to call Sears to see when the part will be available. No wonder Sears is going out of business, shoddy appliances, uninformed supervisors that can barely read off the of their scripts. I feel there is no one to turn to help alleviate this situation but am at the mercy of whenever Sears gets around to manufacturing parts. Stay away from Sears.
My sweet wife purchased the Kenmore refrigerator/freezer seven months ago. The purpose was to place it in our attached backroom and keep gourmet meats, game, wild fish and wild game fowl in the freezer, and store non-perishable refrigerated items in the refrigerator section. I am a gourmet chef and I enjoy cooking special meals for my wife, children and guests. She opened the freezer two evenings ago and found most of the meats were soft. We disposed of the fowl and fishes immediately. We inspected the meats and saved some. The next morning the freezer temperature was 20℉. Oh joys, the appliance works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't. Not a good place to store food safely.
She called Kenmore warranty and got a person quickly. Sure we can get someone out there in a few weeks. My wife attempted to get a serviceman quickly as we have, had expensive meats, some at $60.00 per pound. Next Tuesday was provided, sadly we needed to turn it down as we will be with our special son in a hospital that day. So the day was pushed out a week. Still it was better than a few weeks. Would I suggest buying an appliance from Kenmore, (company owned by Whirlpool), no, never, please do not. A device which works correctly, then fails, then works again. I am glad we noticed as I have had food poisoning twice which is very painful and can be life threatening.
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Do not buy any refrigerator from Kenmore. They do not stand behind their products. I have a two year old refrigerator (Kenmore elite refrigerator) that has rust spots all over the outside doors that should be a defect in the material but they refuse to do anything about it.
When is a warranty not a warranty. We have a Kenmore French Door Bottom Freezer Model # 253.7034341d. With 2 weeks of purchase the ice maker failed and Yep service showed up to repair it. They also showed up to repair it the next 5 times it failed. They have replaced all the components, stuffed in insulation and today they applied caulking around all the joints because they didn't have a solution. If we're down to applying caulking doesn't it stand to reason that seals and the design are flawed?
I want this unit replaced but no, here comes the Sears runaround: I've been told you have to have 7 service calls first, you have to have parts replaced 4 times and you have to have 3 service calls in 90 days. WHICH IS IT? The repair people say none of that is true. If after 10 months of repairs and it still is flawed is the warranty real? I think it's past time to replace this unit. If this is how Sears treats customers who have been with them for 40 years then it's no wonder their stores are closing.
I bought a Sears Kenmore Elite Refrigerator 795.71053.014 a couple of years ago. The bottom freezer floor fills with water and freezes and eventually leaks all over the floor. It has ruined that section of my floor. Sears came out once to fix it but the problem came right back.
After reviewing the Sears website and looking at the complaints I have discovered that the Kenmore Elite has a known issue with the compressor. My fridge is only a little over a year old. The tech ordered my part on Jan 3rd and it still as of today 1/17 shows that the order is pending. Meanwhile my family is trying to live out of a mini fridge. After all the complaints and bad service reviews it should be that they have these parts on hand. This service and inability to get me my part is unacceptable. I spent over 3K on this appliance and to have it go out so soon after purchase is frustrating and I am not getting any answers. I don't recommend Sears.
Our new refrigerator (Kenmore Elite) has had 2 repair calls. Not working. We have a warranty. I have lost all our food since almost 2 months ago. Taking time off work. Late going back to work. HELP!!!! LOSING SLEEP AND TIME OFF JOB!!! OH, NO FOOD REPLACED YET!!!
Compressor went out on Kenmore Elite Refrigerator after 4years. Several reviews show here is a known compressor issue yet Sears fails to recognize it. Sears offered to have technicians come out in 2 weeks at our expense. Very poor quality product and Michelle at the resolution center has very poor customer service skills. She made it very clear that Sears does not care about long time customers.
Brought 3 refrigerators from Sears in 2 weeks. All was Kenmore's. The first two I had to return right because the ice maker didn't work. The 3rd was the Kenmore Elite. Since it was so expensive and big, I thought it was a good refrigerator. Well I was wrong! It sucks just like the other two! After 24 months the refrigerator just stopped working! All of my food went bad, the ice maker and freezer stopped work! Only thing working is the water dispenser. When I call Sears, they want to charge me a $99 service fee plus I have to pay for parts and labor because the warranty is only a year! $2500 FOR A REFRIGERATOR THAT WORKED 24 MONTHS! SERIOUSLY??
KENMORE IS A RIP OFF AND THEY SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO SELL THESE APPLIANCES THAT DON'T WORK. Taking customer's hard earned money! If you want to buy a good product that works, DON'T BUY KENMORE APPLIANCES. These Refrigerators are for looks only! I will not recommend Kenmore appliances to my family or friends and I will not buy any more appliances from Sears. Consumer Affairs please stop Kenmore ripping us off by selling these bad appliances that don't work. Now we're stuck with a. $2500.00 refrigerator that don't work! SAD???
When we moved into our new home in the Spring of 2016, we decided to keep the Kenmore refrigerator as it was less than 2 years old. Mistake! In the 18 months since we've replaced the icemaker valves 6 times (1 lower valve, 3 upper valves and 2 replacements of upper valves that failed--again--while the repair was still under warranty). This product is manufactured by LG. WAY too much aggravation for a 2 year old fridge. Safe to say that when we replace it, we will not consider Kenmore OR LG product lines.
Not really getting too cold but I see I am having what I have read about with multiple reviews on their Elite, 2 Door with bottom freezer are having. The freezer coils, freezing over. It seems to show an Error code of FF. The coils, for various reasons, freeze over. Mine is a little over 4 yrs. I have read where some say they are regular happenings that they defrost every year almost. Then you have the problem of finding someone to work on them, A lot of the local repair stores in my area would not touch them claiming getting parts are hard so I wound up calling Sears new A&E repair service since their brick and mortar stores are almost closed.
They came and then told me they usually had no problem working on them but then I had to wait a few days to get the part they claimed was faulty, the thermistor, and then it took me a week or a little more to have them come back to install the part. So if you don't have a backup fridge, this may not be the fridge for you. They are LG so you might as well consider them also. Same fridge and same problems. The bottom line is they are hard to find repair stores to work on them, they are hard to get parts for and then they may even be hard to get the parts installed on them. In the meantime, mine did continue to run but I had a few things that thawed out the first time the problem showed itself. I would not recommend them as a good purchase.
Not satisfied with Kenmore products. I bought dishwasher, stove washer, and dryer from them. All my appliances have had issues. Thankful I bought outsource warranty company. Only they cannot cover refrigerator compressor. Said that it was covered by Sears. Now dealing with Sears warranty they want to charge 89.00 for service call. If they find more wrong they will charge me for the parts. Never will I buy from Sears ever again. When you call them you can barely understand what they are saying. They hung up on me because I want to talk with manager. After reading all the reviews I struggle what to do.
We purchased a Kenmore French door refrigerator last year in October. After several attempts by two different techs to get our ice maker to work without freezing up, they sent us a replacement. Well, guess what? Same problem. I worked in the refrigeration business for over 35 years as a service tech and tried to explain to these two parts changers what the problem was... that there is a design problem with the area that the tubing comes into ice maker. It allowed ambient air into the freezer and cause not only the tube to freeze but frost to form at the back of the cabinet.
Well, we had them out here 3 more times and at least the ice maker kept working. But the frost problem persisted and now there’s a water leak during the fill stage that locks the door in place CLOSED!! Guess what? Yep, it’s not under warranty. If I could I'd load this piece of junk up in my truck and dump it in the headquarters' front office. I was always a lifelong Sears customer..I wouldn’t get anything from them again if they gave it to me.
I purchased a high end Kenmore Elite refrigerator and it worked great for a total of 18 months before the compressor died. I kept trying to call Sears support (non-support) and I kept getting people in India that could hardly speak English. After days of contacting, I finally got a response from support on Twitter. They gave me a contact number to call. Of course it was once again India and when going over the issue again they said I had no warranty. I explained it was a Kenmore 5 year warranty for the compressor and they said no. Anyway, they set up an appointment for a tech to come out.
Two days later I get an automated call from Sears to call them at that same India 800 number. The automated menu system said I have no appointment. After pressing 0 a dozen times I get to talk to someone that could almost speak English and they said they have to reschedule my appointment which will be 2 weeks out. I had no other choice at this point. All of my food is ruined so I went out and bought another $800.00 fridge just to get by while my $2899.99 fridge sits dead waiting for service. The tech came out and said he will have to order the compressor and it will cost me an extra $330.00 to have it installed AND that it will only last about a year and a half. Well... I am screwed! Thanks for the hard time screwing Sears, Kenmore and LG! I found that these refrigerators are actually LG.
The refrigerator was here when we bought the house, It's stainless steel & constantly needs to be wiped down. The shelves are very hard to clean and the water dispenser leaks as well as the ice dispenser freezes up.
October 26 my ice maker went out. Service appointment was November 8. Technician said part was ordered. I had another appointment. Sears called and said part was back ordered. Set up appointment for December 5. I get recorded messages saying that tech. will not be at my house unless I confirm getting part. Called Sears, my call got dropped twice. Talk to CS. They said they would have to call me back that system was working slowing. Called back 30 minutes later. CS said part was back ordered and they don't know when it will come.
I have had this fridge for a year this month. I was promised it would be fixed by Thanksgiving. It was not. I was promised it would be fixed on December 5th. I am so beyond words to describe this. Why is there not a part for a fridge that is not a year old? I asked to talk to someone higher up than customer service. I was told that there is not one higher. What is a consumer to do???
We bought our Kenmore-87 in 1987 and it still works great. It looks outdated, but works so well we can't rationalize replacing it. I don't know if Kenmore is still available.
This Kenmore refrigerator is the loudest running I've ever had and the freezer leaks water into bottom compartment. I am looking for a quiet running replacement at the present time.
I bought this fridge 8 years ago & haven't had any problems. Now with Sears closing, I don't know what I'll buy next time. The last Kenmore fridge I had lasted 20 years.
Me and my wife decided to upgrade to the best refrigerator on the market we thought!!! So we gave our 10 year old Kenmore refrigerator to a friend of ours to upgrade to Kenmore Elite refrigerator! The first year we had it the ice maker had to be repaired then a few months later it frosted up and that had to be repaired!!! Now just over two years old the compressor has gone out! We have been without a refrigerator going on two month! Have had two service calls and it is still not repaired! I Don't know what to do. I thought a refrigerator was a long lasting appliance! Not to have to replace every other year! This Refrigerator is a Lemon!!! Help!!!
Refrigerator was deemed a total failure after only 4 years of use. It had only a one year warranty. It would have cost more than the cost of a new one to repair. I will never buy a Kenmore product again.
The Kenmore refrigerator was here when I moved and it works ok and keeps things cold and frozen. Also, it has ice maker but I don't use it because I do not use tap water.
Bought my fridge 2.5 years ago. The cooling element for the fridge had stopped working but the freezer is still operating. Sears repairman had to order new part 2 weeks before he can come back out to replace the part which was delivered 5 days after his service call. 2 weeks without a refrigerator because Sears does not have enough repairmen.
I've always trusted Kenmore brands and the Sears saleslady was extremely knowledgeable about all products. After Sears departure, I'd likely go for Maytag.
Designed to fall apart. Veg/cooler bins on the bottom literally fall apart if not very, very carefully opened/closed, which you must do slowly or the drawers fall out. Freezer is inconveniently designed and items fall through the grated bottoms. Had to put big plastic bins in to prevent this. Light bulb in the freezer is useless, lasted less than a month. You also have to be extremely careful to place items away from the bulb, which is positioned so you can't see it, to avoid breakage. Amount of inside available space compared to outside dimensions is horrible. Huge thing, little space. Will never buy this brand again.
I have a side by side Frigidaire and it has an icemaker as well as a water spout. I have never had any problems, however, the freezer side is a little too small. My Kenmore has the freezer drawer on the bottom and an icemaker. The compressor went out and we had it replaced. Since the replacement of the compressor I have not had any problems with it and the freezer drawer is very roomy. I prefer the drawer to a side by side.
We had to buy a new compressor after 5 years. The new compressor is going after another 5 years. Kenmore did not stand behind their product and we had to pay for the new compressor.