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Old GE Regrigerator

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Where can I find parts for an old GE regrigerator? Parts houses are saying parts I need are "no longer available."


Model # XXXXX XXXXX


What I need is:


- door shelf brackets


- door shelf "rail"


- socket in door for hinge pin.

Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: General
Expert:  Joseph Barcus replied 11 years ago.
may be true, have you tried sears? or something like this >>>http://www.repairclinic.com/0070.asp?Brand=3 or this>http://www3.sears.com/
Expert:  Joseph Barcus replied 11 years ago.
here you go about everything for it here >>> http://www.partselect.com/MultiModels.aspx?ModelNum=TBF21DBB&searchTerm=&RefineSearch=0
Expert:  martye replied 11 years ago.


I recently had a need to order parts for my refrigerator and after checking a few different websites (including those above)

I found this one to have the best prices. The parts were in stock and I recieved them within 5 days.

"partsdepotonline.com"

 




Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Joseph Barcus's Post: I appreciate your response, but I have already tried Sears and PartsSelect. One item (Shelf bracket) IS availalble. Shelf Rail and hinge socket are "No Longer Available."
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to martye's Post:

I appreciate your response, but, partsdepotonline is apparently limited to ONLY Whirlpool and Sears-Kenmore.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Joseph Barcus's Post:

I also tried repairclinic.com which lists none of the three parts I need.

Expert:  Joseph Barcus replied 11 years ago.
sorry I couldnt be of anymore help, I guess there is a time they do stop making parts for items. good luck
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Joseph Barcus's Post:

A time for obsolescence - no doubt about it, but I have hopes someone will know of a source or have one of these refrigerators sitting around that doesn't work, but has the parts I need.


I am guessing the fridge is at least 20 years old. I have replaced the evaporator fan twice, but nothing else but cosmetic touches. Works fine. And I suspect a new one will absolutely not last as long as this one has.


We live in a world where everyone (it seems) is always anxious to get something new, e.g., trading cars so often. 1968 was the last time we bought a new car. Since then, with tools and etc., especially sons and others who are "in tune" with car repairs, we have been buying cars usually with 100M+ miles on them. and very dependable.


So, I hate to "give up" on this fridge.....


Thanks anyway.

Expert:  jon replied 11 years ago.

I'll ask a repair man if he has the parts you need. The model # XXXXX be a bit much to digest... instead-


1. GE


2. 20 years old


3. Are the doors side by side or over under?


What do you want most, I would guess the hinge part is critical?


In the mean time maybe one of the other gentlemen could earn an accept by letting you know how much more it costs to operate an old refrigerator vs a new one. You might be surprised.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to jon's Post:

20 years is approximate.


Over and Under - freezer on top.


Operation cost? perhaps, but at $1,000 plus for a new fridge - well, at $10 a month excess operating cost (old vs. new) = about 8 years of operation of old to equal cost of new one.


AND, considering the "built-in" obsolescence of most new products, I wonder if the new one could be expected to last more than 8 years, which could mean I would be buying a second new fridge in 8 years. A dilemma of risk consideration to be sure.


I do appreciate yout thoughts.

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
http://www.appliancepartspros.com/partsearch/model.aspx?model_id=222100
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Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post:

Christopher Valk,


I had found the shelf bracket, part 21 in the diagram. Of the sites I searched neither of the other two parts was available.


The site you advised showed the bracket and the thimble available. I have ordered both parts. I am not certain, from the diagram that the thimble, part 28 is what I need, but appears to be and is worth ordering to find out. When that order arrives, and if it is the correct part, I will come back to question and provide $5.00 bonus.


I am still in need of the shelf rail, which shows on this site also as "No Longer Available."


I will have "Accept" and "Bonus" for anyone who can provide it and will continue to keep question posted for awhile.


Thanks again for your input.

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
Well thats a little depressing, I thought they had everything there. This means I have to search a little bit more, thanks! =)
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post:

Rather than considering it depressing, consider it a challenge!


That is one of the reasons I:


- offered the bonus if the thimble is indeed the correct part, and


- am continuing to keep the question listed (An "Accept" and a "Bonus" for the third part would be appropriate and agreeable!)


....... As the coon hunter calls to the 'coon dog, "Sic 'em!" Good luck in your search......

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
The shelf rail you are speaking of is not a shelf support is it? Its the support that goes on the door to hold your pop and milk in no?

http://www.expertappliance.com/generalelectric-refrigerator-2.html

I may have some sites with cheaper pricing, these guys want high.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post:

The site you site would seem to call the part I need a "door bar" but the price is about twice what I suspect is a price for the correct part. I have emailed them asking for a image of the part. This IS encouraging. Thanks.

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
It is the right part, they just want a hot buck for it. I will research further to find this part cheaper.
Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.

Hmmmm


I'm sitting here wishing I had an old GE fridge I could take parts off of. There's always duct tape and some twine. That would hold in a carton of milk right?


Sorry, had to get my 2 cents in.


Kerry :)

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
It is rediculous, but alas I have found it cheaper, lets see how cheap I can go!

http://www.appliancepartsworldwide.com/Search/Store_SearchResults.aspx?ST=BP&S=WR17X1591&submit=Search
Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
Well that is the cheapest I can find this part. If you are needing the bar that holds things in on the door, it is part 20 - WR71X1492 - WR17X1591
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post:

That looks like an approx. correct price. I will call them in the morning and check on it further.


Time for bed. Thanks. Will continue tomorrow.

Expert:  Christopher Valk replied 11 years ago.
Ok, sorry I couldn't find it any cheaper, its kinda silly to have to pay $30 for a tin bar :\
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Kerry's Post:

My reason for posting the model number in my original question was for just what you suggest - someone who just happened to have one of these fridges sitting around.


Thanks anyway.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Christopher Valk's Post:

I bought one of these about 10 years ago and that is about what I remember paying for it. High, yes, but it IS a specialty part.


Thanks.

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