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GE Invests In Alabama Refrigerator Plant

We received some exciting news from GE Appliances recently.  Instead of moving more jobs to China (GEA is, after all, a Chinese company now), GE is investing more in their Decatur, AL refrigerator plant! Some had speculated that Haier production would supplant stateside models but whether due to logistics, quality or Trump trade policies, this doesn’t appear to be happening at all.  And that’s good for GE Appliances!

Here’s the official message we received on 6/29/18.

We in the GEA sales organization have long known our Decatur Top Freezer Refrigerator plant makes terrific refrigerators. In my opinion, as a former Refrigerator Marketing Manager, it is the best refrigerator factory in the world. The quality has always been world-class and the team in Decatur takes terrific ownership in every refrigerator they deliver. The biggest challenge at Decatur has been capacity. We sell all they can make and, together, we could sell more if we had them. Well, here we go. We are doubling down on Decatur, investing $115M to expand the output by 25% and adding 255 new jobs. Wow!

We will also be investing into our Camden plant to make brand new products and expand our Made in America footprint. More details on this investment in the days ahead. These are great examples of GE Appliances, a Haier company investing into the future of our business.

What? Yes, you read right!  The best refrigerator factory in the world might be right here in little ole Decatur, AL!  We’re glad it’s going to stay.

Click if you came here looking for GE refrigerator parts, or if you’re looking for GE appliance parts in Decatur.

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An Inconvenient Truth (Washing Machine Version)

The reign of yet another Queen has been destroyed by America.

The new efficiency standards are in full force this year and they have officially destroyed the best washing machine available… err, that used to be available.  In 2017 you could still purchase a mechanically controlled washer from Speed Queen but, as of 01/2018, those machines are as illegal to sell as crack cocaine! We had high hopes for the machines that replaced them but our hopes were dashed when the most expensive of these top loaders from Speed Queen couldn’t even get the soap out of the clothes much less the dirt.  That was a problem for me because this machine was at my house (OROTR7000WN) model ! In the end, my wife made me bring it back and we are now using a cheap Crosley washer that actually has a better agitator and does a much better job washing clothes. This is sad.

The main culprit here isn’t Speed Queen trying to make you pay a premium price for a sub-par machine, it’s the government dictating efficiency nationwide with a broad brush.  Using less water makes it difficult for washing machines to do their job and in an attempt to overcome the imposed water deficiency, extra boards and pumps and cycles complicate the once simple formula of wash/rinse/spin.  Water availability isn’t the same nationwide but the standards are built based on the lowest denominator.  And it’s ALL about the water- the new, more efficient washing machines actually take twice as long to wash clothes (cycling again and again in an attempt to clean) and use more energy.  Of course, distribution might be hard to police… so once again everyone is punished.

I believe Speed Queen will get this figured out eventually but in the mean time it is a terrible inconvenience.  Some of the other manufacturers have been working on solutions for this for a longer time and with more resources so the playing field really isn’t fair. And, if you can find a decent used Whirlpool top-load model built before electronic controls were mandated, you will use more water but your clothes will be cleaner and you won’t have to worry about pesky soap rashes or soured front load washer boots!

Oh, and this is another good reason to NOT throw out that old model.  [Warning, self promotion ahead.] Repair, don’t replace, with new parts from A-1 Appliance! Especially winners like the pre-2018 Speed Queens!

Frigidaire pushes 316075104 bake elements from Amazon

Frigidaire (owned by the Swedish company Electrolux) recently strong-armed her distributors into pulling the parts back from Amazon which is, I’m sure, an attempt to control pricing. One big example of this is the popular bake element 316075104 which has been selling for much less than Electrolux’s published retail price of $41.35 (as of 4/11/18).

To add further confusion, there are multiple listings of this element and replacements for this element for sale from a wide variety of companies. We sell a generic replacement for the 316075104 there (only when clearly marked as an aftermarket replacement element… with the same calrod quality as the original element btw) and Frigidaire has even demanded that those listings be taken down.  I would want them down too if I were them!  It seems this is one bully trying to throw it’s weight against completely different companies!

Hey Frigidaire & Whirlpool – don’t bully!!

The aftermarket parts industry for Whirlpool, Maytag, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Samsung, and LG replacement parts is an important source of competition that people can rely on to keep these particular manufacturers from over-inflating part prices. In fact, there is a growing list of parts that Whirlpool/Maytag has made obsolete that have been picked up by companies like ERP.

The effects of a company like Whirlpool controlling the market can be seen in their replacement oven controls.  If you have to replace an electronic oven control (main oven control board), get ready to sit down because many of them now cost between $300 and $600 depending on your model. They also include a $60 core charge – which we believe Whirlpool enforces to keep those old controls out of the hands of companies like CoreCentric who would re-manufacture them and offer them back to the market at a much lower price.  Core charges are another way to try controlling prices for parts in the market place. Of course, Whirlpool will claim they collect cores for other reasons but it is odd that prices started sky rocketing just before the core collection program went in force.  We still have a few re-manufactured electronic controls but they are getting harder and harder to find now. Shocker.

GE Washers Getting A Trump Bump

The Trump administration announced higher tarrifs on washing machine imports a few days ago. Companies like Samsung & LG will be hit immediately but soon they will both be making product in the US anyway.  The biggest impact, though, could be with Haier (remember? the Chinese company that bought GE Appliances) causing them to do… nothing new.

Haier will be encouraged to keep GE production in the US and maintain had running when they first took over.  In fact, it’s been business as usual since the Haier purchase in June of 2016.  And now with their immediate price leverage, Haier could see washer sales spike by doing… nothing new.

Ultimately high tarrifs on imports cause all prices to raise (or stabilize) but this is the price of keeping jobs in America.

Sears to stop selling Whirlpool brand

The news hit today that Sears would stop selling Whirlpool branded products because they couldn’t be competitive with other brands.  My guess is that Whirlpool wouldn’t cut pricing enough for sears (or wouldn’t be lenient with payment terms).  At any rate, immediately after this announcement we got news from Sears that Whirlpool would still be making some Kenmore and Coldspot branded products (along with Frigidaire, GE, LG and Samsung).

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Sears isn’t the only one having difficulty with Whirlpool pricing however… on the Whirlpool appliance parts side distributors are finding it increasingly hard to explain why parts with Whirlpool’s logo on the packaging cost so much more than aftermarket parts of similar quality. This also goes for Frigidaire, LG and Samsung.

The truth is, when you buy a Kenmore brand product, you can’t really be sure who made it! And, more and more, even when you do know who made it you can’t be sure where the parts for it came from!  We are finding some aftermarket replacement items come from the same factory in China as the oem and, even more, some generic parts are even built better while costing less!

So if the warranty is the same, as it is for every aftermarket part A-1 Appliance Parts sells, and the quality difference is negligible (if we run into quality issues with a generic item, we don’t continue to offer it- that’s just a headache for everyone), it only makes sense to pay less!

See if your parts are available in quality aftermarket versions like ERP, Supco, and Napco at A-1 Appliance Parts. A-1 generic appliance parts

Supco Universal Style R134A Refrigerator Compressor

Finally, an affordable multi-purpose replacement R134A refrigerator compressor kit!

Refrigerator Compressor

Supco SPC836L


REFRIGERATOR COMPRESSOR 836BTU 1/4HP R134

SPC836L universal style R134A replacement refrigerator compressor from Supco. This compressor will work in most current applications where the refrigerator is 22 Cu Ft or smaller. 836 BTU

• R134A Compatable
• 1/4 hp
• R134a, 110/120V, 60 Hz
• Dual mounting points:
- 2 3/4” x 6 1/2”
- 4” x 6 1/2”
• 7 1/2” height
• Low back pressure
• Includes electricals, grommets & sleeves
• Relay Start Induction Run (PTC)
• Relay Start Induction Run (RSIR)

Click here for price and availability.

New Huntsville appliance parts location opening this week!

To help our customers in northwest Huntsville, we are opening a counter on Old Madison Pike (directly across 565 from the Space & Rocket Center).  We’ll have fast moving parts stocked there and we’ll bring parts from our main warehouse daily for fast service.

New location:  
A-1 Appliance Parts
6210 Old Madison Pike 
Suite C
Huntsville, AL 35806
(256) 585-2781

 

Drain Pump 137221600

Frigidaire (Electrolux) has changed old washer pump and motor number 137108100 to new part number 137221600. Why? Perhaps to throw the aftermarket off their trail?  Or maybe it was an excuse to raise the price?  I don’t know… but I do know that a replacement is available for less money! ERP’s ER137221600.

Exact Replacement Part 137221600

Exact Replacement Part 137221600

GE’s New Ice Maker Kit

The IM6 ice maker kit is making way for progress with new kit number IM6D… which basically means they left out one of the old plugs that always came with the IM6 kit.

If you still need the 4 pin adapter plug that used to come with the IM6, you’ll now have to order it separately as part # WR29X10049.

WR29X10049 Plug

WR29X10049 4 Pin Adapter Plug

Frigidaire IM115 is now IM116000

In their undying crusade to make life for consumers more difficult… we have another manufacturer part number change from Frigidaire / Electrolux (not sure what to call them lately).  The IM115 ice maker kit is now new number IM116000. We don’t know if there are any material changes but the price did go up a bit… surprise!

If you have already installed this ice maker kit and just need a replacement ice maker for it, here is the best option: ER5303918277

A picture of what came in the old IM115 ice maker kit