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Refrigerators

Amana AFI2538AE[W]
 
Approximate retail price:
$1800
Summary: This 36-inch-wide Amana French-door bottom-freezer has a through-the-door ice and water dispenser, touchpad controls with digital display, and spillproof shelves. It is available in stainless steel and is Energy Star qualified.
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Type: Three-door French-door bottom-freezers
About - Amana AFI2538AE[W]

The Amana AFI2538AE[W] is part of the refrigerator test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, bottom freezer refrigerator models like the AFI2538AE[W] are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Temperature performance:
This combines results of tests measuring the accuracy of initial temperature settings along with how well a model 1) kept optimum temperatures in the refrigerator and freezer at the same time; 2) kept temperatures even throughout each compartment; 3) kept temperatures constant despite changes in room temperatures; and 4) maintained set temperatures even with very high room temperatures.

Energy efficiency:
This reflects electricity consumption (based on our tests) per cubic foot of measured usable storage space. For example, two models with the same energy cost per year may have different energy efficiencies -- the unit with more storage space being more efficient.

Noise:
Noise level was measured when the compressor started up and during steady running. Subjective judgments by a panel of listeners supplemented our noise-meter readings.
About This Brand

Amana is positioned as Whirlpool's value brand and goes head to head against other value brands available at big-box, independent, and regional stores. All of its refrigerators have a special antimicrobial lining on the door bins and in the deli bins.

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Features & Specs - Amana AFI2538AE[W]
info Claimed capacity (cu. ft.) 24.9
info Cabinet-depth model No
info French-door style Yes
info Water dispenser Yes
info Stainless/SS-look option Yes
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User Reviews - Amana AFI2538AE[W]
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Don't buy this appliance!!!!
8/18/2013
Pros
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
Cons
Noisy
Upper Right Door Gasket D
Best Uses
Comment:
Ice dispenser in door typically puts cubes on to the floor unless you have a very large glass opening. Door on large bottom drawer pops loose continuously and has been repaired twice at my expense. Do not buy this unit. We will be glad when it is gone.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
Loved it at first! VERY DISAPPOINTED NOW
5/1/2012
Pros
Customizable Shelving
Easy Access
Holds Temperature Well
Space For Tall Items
Cons
DEAD
Noisy
Unreliable
Best Uses
Junkyard Monument
Large Kitchens
Planter
Comment:
We have owned this refirgerator for 3 years, 8 months. It was our first bottom-freezer, and we loved it! So easy to access everything, great water and ice dispenser, handy pantry cabinet, flexible shelving, did a great job keeping everything cold. The icemaker was noisy, but that was okay UNTIL...<br /><br />IT DIED. At the tender age of 3-1/2 years. Three different repair techs said it can't be fixed. And the one-year warranty is all you get. Whatever you hear, there are NO MORE FIVE-YEAR SEALED-SYSTEM WARRANTIES. Whirlpool/Amana/Maytag/KitchenAid stopped doing those around 2006.<br /><br />As another reviewer has mentioned, the condenser tube sprung a leak (freon), then water got sucked into it from the defrost pan and it corroded. Whether I actually believe the corrosion part is another question; it was the extended warranty rep that told me that. Corrosion isn't covered under the Assurant-backed extended warranty, you see. At least they say they'll refund me the $299 warranty price. :P<br /><br />A good refrigerator that only lasts 3 years, is NOT A GOOD REFRIGERATOR. IT IS A HORRIBLE, AWFUL, RIDICULOUSLY EXPENSIVE REFRIGERATOR.<br /><br />Sorry to go all-caps on you, but that part must stand out. AMANA FAILED WITH THIS PRODUCT. And I am now looking elsewhere for my next fridge. Hopefully it will last at least FOUR years.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Not Grandma's Refrigerator
3/19/2012
Pros
Holds Temperature Well
Roomy
Space For Tall Items
Cons
China throwaway
Unreliable
Best Uses
Large Kitchens
Comment:
Refrigerator failed just after warranty was up (13 months) and agin just this past weekend. Repair tech said all made in China. Was told to expect 4 to 5 years before it becomes too expensive to fix
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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