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.
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.
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).
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
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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.
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6210 Old Madison Pike
Huntsville, AL 35806
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
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 4 Pin Adapter Plug
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
The next four elements in our sweet sixteen are from Frigidaire (now an Electrolux company). Frigidaire is still selling quite a few ranges in the US and they are mainly using an affordable element design.
We used to call this first element the Dolly Parton bake unit. I’m not sure why, but Frigidaire decided to angle the bends more so that name doesn’t make any sense (it’s more like the Madonna element now). Replacement for Bake element # 5303051519. The 1/4″ spades where the wires plug on the end of this element are bent upwards at a 90 degree angle.
Frigidiare Bake Element 5303051519
The next element on our list looks very similar to the 5303051519 bake unit but the ends where the wires plug on are different. The replacement for the 316075104 bake element has 1/4″ spade ends that are vertical and go straight toward the back of the oven. This might not seem like a big difference but even a small change where the wires plug on can cause disaster. No part of the naked wire or element or terminal should ever touch any part of the oven body.
316075104 Frigidaire Element
Our next bake element is an extra wide unit (19.75 inches wide) – replacement for bake element 318255006. This bake element also has 1/4″ terminals with a 90 degree bend up.
318255006 Bake Element
If you happen to have an older Frigidaire range (perhaps one made back in the old General Motors era) that is not quite wide enough to cook a super huge pizza, you might just be using our next element- coming in at just under 13 inches wide, the narrow replacement for 5309950887 bake element.
Frigidaire Bake Element 5309950887
As we enter the cooking season (November & December) we sometimes get requests for a list of our top selling bake elements. At some point, we narrowed the list down to 16. I think that had more to do with arraignment on a flyer than anything else, but it seems like a decent number so I’ll stick with it. Also, we didn’t actually put them in real order, we just pulled the top 16 and grouped them by manufacturer mostly. And so, without out further ado, here are the first 4 from our bake element best sellers series: heating it up with Whirlpool / Maytag!
Before it became fashionable for manufacturers to change their bake element design every three years, Whirlpool built a TON of ovens with lower element number 308180 or (replacement #) RP790. To this day, truth be told, we still have trouble keeping inventory on this lower oven element.
RP790 308180 Whirlpool Oven Element
Whirlpool also had a standard bake element design for their more narrow ovens. This element was only 15 inches wide at its widest part and 18-1/2 inches from the front to the farthest point back where the oven wires plug on. The Whirlpool number for this bake element is 326791 or 4336509 and our replacement number is RP778.
Whirlpool 326791 RP778
Maytag, before being purchased by the Whirlpool company, also had some go-to bake element designs that they stuck with for a while. They used more of a wide, squarish design out of the same bendable material (calrod). The first design was last sold under part number 74003019 and our replacement element number RP7019.
74003019 RP7019 Maytag Oven Element
Maytag’s other element looked identical (and, many times, they are interchangeable) but it is 1 inch shorter and a little more narrow. Our part number for it is RP5862.
Look for the next four popular oven elements from our sweet sixteen to come later.
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