Love my new, QUIET Sub Zero
After reading so many posts on this forum about annoyingly noisy refrigerators I was really worried when the time came to replace our 25 year old Sub Zero 501R. It was getting a frost buildup inside on the rear panel where the coils are located. We managed to use it for a few months by using a hair dryer weekly to melt the ice but that soon became tiresome. The estimate to repair the leak in the sealed system was around $1100 since it was a 2 man job and the freon had to be recovered. Initially we thought we'd repair it since it had a wood panel that matched the cabinets and a new unit would be taller requiring the removal of the upper cabinet. However we've been in our home for 30 years and now that DH is retired we might be downsizing so replacing the unit made more sense from a resale point.
The new refrigerator is a BI 36R. This model has one large door with 5 shelves and 3 drawers that glide in and out smoothly. It's well lit inside and QUIET. We were concerned about the possible noise level but I can honestly say that we don't even hear when it cycles on and off. Our kitchen is large with a porcelain floor and granite counters and minimal sound absorbing materials.
The BI 36 R is 84h x 36w x 24d while the old 501R was only 74" tall. The 501 freezer is on the opposite wall rather than a side by side install so we didn't have to deal with mismatched units. And it was relatively easy to remove the overhead cabinet and trim the gap between the unit and soffit. Fortunately our cabinet company can mill a new door panel and stain it to match the rest of the cabinets.
I think the 501s were the only counter depth all refrigerator/all freezer units available when we remodeled in 1986. Now the consumer has many more choices and it can become overwhelming. So far we're thrilled with our choice. Now if only it will last another 25 years!