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I have a very old Amanda side by side model SBI20MV-P1120102WW

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I have a very old Amanda side by side model SBI20MV-P1120102WW and it is broken. I wanted to get the specs on it--energy usage, cu ft, dimensions, etc, because I want to compare them with a newer model. My husband wants to fix this one, and I think we'd save in energy usage with a new one instead of fixing the older one. I don't even know how old this model is because it was here when we bought the house 14 years ago.


Hello there,

Unfortunately energy use specs are not really attainable unless the manufacturer is contacted. Even then, pulling old specs would probably not be on their agenda. I can tell you a few things however to help make your decision.

Comparing wattage and amps between a 15 year old unit and new.

Compressor uses 3/4 to 1 amp to run now, then 2-3 amps.

Compressor now runs more, however is maintaining temps more easily due to extremely accurate sensors. Then, run based on a capillary type thermostat.

Adaptive defrost systems only allow defrost to occur when required, then defrost timers went into defrost every 8-10 hours, needed or not.

A lot of newer units use variable speed DC fan motors, then all 120 volt AC single speed.

Harbor freight sells a product called "Kill-o-watt". You plug it into a wall, then your appliance into it. It'll tell you everything in terms of power consumption. The reality though, is finding the information you desire would require the manufacturers engineers digging through piles of old info. Please remember, Amana was purchased by Maytag in the early 2000s, then Maytag was purchased by Whirlpool in 2006. A lot of stuff like this is just unattainable anymore. I can promise you, anything you buy nowadays will be 2 to 3 times more efficient than a product bought 14 years ago. You can call Amana(NNN) NNN-NNNNto see if they can locate a manual for you. I just tried, and the search brought up 0 results.

Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Thank you for your answers on energy usage. Could you please send me the capacity of my existing refrigerator overall and broken down between freezer and refrigerator?

No, I cannot. Without access to this technical data any longer, I don't have exact specs, but from field experience on this model, it is probably around 22 cubic feet, most likely 9 of which are in the freezer. Through all the corporate changes, this type of data is more or less defunct. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I'm working from memory here.
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