50+ yr old refrigerator

afarmgalMay 28, 2014

Hi everyone,

I have a Sears avocado green side by side refrigerator that is 50+ years old!! It has been running perfectly until about a month ago when it quit getting cold. ran out of freon??
I was wondering if any of you knew if this is worth anything the way it is?? I thought about just giving it away but I remember it as a child and hate to part with it--but have no use for it.
I have had a very large response to people wanting it for free. Is it worth anything the way it is??
thank you for your help

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The refrigerator in our kitchen is the Hotpoint my parents bought when I was born. It's been running continuously for well over 60 years. I've painted it and replaced the door gaskets a few times over the years, and it runs great.

If you wanted to keep it, you could always have it repaired. Retro appliances are quite popular now, so a running fridge is worth a lot more than a broken one.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 1:29AM
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afarmgal - my parents had an old fridge in the basement - single door with a small freezer. It was still running after over 60 years.
That being said - side by side fridges are probably not popular on the resale market.
Also, the newer fridges are much more energy efficient and keep food so much better.
Your local electric company might give you a few dollars for it as a credit on your electric bill (and take it away for free)
You can try to have it fixed but might cost more than you think.
Good luck

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:02AM
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It's junk. Be happy if you can get it hauled off for free.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:50AM
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I just talked with the appliance repairman who informed me that my new refrigerator was junk and would be dead w/in 10 years. He said he has a lot of customers with running refrigerators in their basements and garages from the 60s and 70s, in avocado green and harvest gold, likely to go on forever.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 11:55AM
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Refrigerators don't "run out" of Freon. Freon (which by the way is a trademarked brand name of the Dupont Company but has fallen into generic use) doesn't wear out or get used up. The cooling system (compressor, evaporator, and condensor) is sealed and nothing leaks out unless there's a leak.

Could also be that some other component has failed.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 2:32PM
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does it even have freon ?

I thought that was the period when the ice truck still brought you blocks of ice to cool the cabinet ???

..............just kidding.

but you cannot purchase the type freon that unit takes anymore, so repair is pretty much impossible now.

    Bookmark   May 29, 2014 at 10:59PM
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You can buy R-12 pretty easily, actually. I added some to a car recently. Same for R-22.

    Bookmark   May 30, 2014 at 8:13AM
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