Sub Zero 532 21 yr/old. Coupla hundred bucks? Should I?

deedlesApril 30, 2013

Hi, mostly hang out over on kitchens and I'll probably x post but wondering what you all think about taking a chance on this 21 year old SZ 48" sxs. Went to see it this morning. Freezer was fine, thermometer read 8 and going down in just a couple minutes that I had it in there. I could hear the freezer fan, nice and quiet, no strange noises. The fridge... after a couple minutes the T/M said 57 and then the seller got his probe type T/M and a few more minutes it read 41 @ 8 on the temp dial. Couldn't hear the fan in the fridge side? It's a spotless unit, no yellowing or rust or sign of any mold.. the drawers all slide nicely, doors seem to shut tight and I didn't note any cracks in the seal. Seller said they contacted SZ for repair history and there is none... so, all is original? Lotsa hours on the compressors if so. Contacted a local repair place who suggested he put the probe into a glass of water for a more accurate reading. They said can still get parts and the worst thing to repair is a compressor at 1K.

I'd like it and wouldn't even mind replacing a compressor if need be.

Anyone out there keeping their older SZ going and glad of it? Is there anything else I should check for? We can't afford a new one at this point in time but we could sure afford this one even with a repair or two. Thoughts/advice/cautions? Thanks.

Oh. They are asking 350.00 but I'll bet I could get it for closer to 200.00.

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I don't think a 21 year old fridge is worth anything. So much to go wrong: door gasket, fan motors, compressor, switches, etc.

They should give it to you.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 11:23AM
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My parents have a 20 year old SZ and it still runs perfectly. I would definitely spend a couple hundred on it! Those things were built to last back then...

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 11:45AM
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$200-$300 bucks - it's a no brainer if you're looking for a cheap built in.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 1:17PM
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Yeah, it's a gamble but nothing ventured nothing gained I guess. If the fridge side gets to temp I think we're willing to take the risk for a couple hundred. The interior is immaculate and I'd like to try it. The space inside would be awesome.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:48PM
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Ours works fine. Replaced a condenser about 5 years ago. Well worth it. For a few hundred bucks how can you go wrong?

Good luck!

    Bookmark   April 30, 2013 at 9:52PM
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