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      Refrigerator Buying Guide

      Modern technology meets classic appliance

      Refrigerators are often the central focus of a kitchen. When you're ready to remodel your kitchen or breathe a little new life into the room, putting in a new refrigerator is one of the easiest upgrades that you can make. A new fridge can create a streamlined design in your kitchen and help maximize food storage. 

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      Product Insights

      Kenmore Elite Four-Door Refrigerator

      Product Insights: Kenmore Elite Four-Door Refrigerator

      Style meets freshness in the new Kenmore Elite four-door refrigerator. It has been completely re-designed with a focus on freshness and convenience. The counter-height pantry drawer is now an external drawer with independent controls for precise temperature selection. The refrigerator also features the sleek, new Simple Select dispenser as well as 30 cu. ft. of storage capacity and freshness features throughout.

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      Samsung Chef Collection Refrigerator

      Product Insights: Samsung Chef Collection Refrigerator

      Samsung's 34 cu. ft. Chef Collection four-door refrigerator in stainless steel boasts an extra-large capacity and Samsung’s most innovative and versatile features. This refrigerator gives you what you need to store, organize and entertain.

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      GE and Kenmore Water Filters

      Product Insights: GE and Kenmore Water Filters

      Refrigerator water filters need to be replaced every six months to deliver clean water and ice. With genuine filters from GE and Kenmore, you can rest assured that your water will remain clean and fresh.

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      Refrigerator Features

      What is a Smart Appliance?

      What is a Smart Appliance?

      A smart appliance is a state-of-the-art device that connects to your smartphone, tablet or computer to give you more information and control than ever before. Your smart appliance can send you alerts, for example, so you'll know exactly when the laundry is clean or the cookies are ready. It can also let you know when something's wrong; you'll receive an alert if the water pressure drops too low or someone leaves the fridge door open, for example. Features like these can make your appliance more convenient to use while helping to cut down on energy bills.

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      Dual Cooling

      What is Dual Cooling for Refrigerators?

      Dual cooling refrigeration offers two separate cooling systems for the refrigerator and freezer sections, which keeps the temperature in each compartment stable with little fluctuation.  In addition to the temperature stabilization, a refrigerator with dual cooling can also keep humidity levels steady in each compartment.

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      What is a Reversible Door?

      Some appliances feature a reversible door that allows you to change which way the door swings open. This lets you customize your appliance to fit the room it's in. For example, you can streamline your laundry space by making sure the dryer door isn't in the way when you transfer clothes from one machine to the other. Or, you can adjust the way your refrigerator opens so the door doesn't bang against a wall or cabinet. If you're left-handed, reversing your appliance door could make it more comfortable to use.

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      Energy Ratings

      Energy Efficiency Standards and Labeling

      The Department of Energy (DOE) is increasing energy conservation standards for refrigerators and freezers in September 2014. Many of these highly efficient products have been in stores since January 2014. The EnergyGuide® label will change for products tested to the 2014 standards.

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      New Energy Label

      What is an ENERGY STAR® rating?

      The ENERGY STAR® label is a voluntary, government-supported certification that recognizes energy efficiency in many appliances, electronics and other high-energy use products. If a specific product has an ENERGY STAR® label, it has passed a series of stringent requirements set forth by the EPA. When a specific brand or product earns an ENERGY STAR® rating, you can rest assured that it offers substantial energy savings. 

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      Refrigerator Tips and Care

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      Refrigerator Food Storage Safety Do's and Don'ts

      Whether you've already invested in the perfect refrigerator or you're still looking for the right fridge for your household, it's important to utilize all of the space that is available in the fridge. When it comes to food storage safety, avoiding cross contamination and ensuring the proper temperature of food are key factors. 

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      Refrigeration Defrost

      What is Automatic Defrost?

      Automatic defrost, also known as auto-defrost, is a common feature on a refrigerator or freezer that heats the coils inside the appliance regularly. This component keeps frost build-up from forming on the inside of your freezer or refrigerator. Unlike freezers and refrigerators with manual defrost, self-defrosting appliances operate on a regular cycle that defrosts the cooling coils automatically. 

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      Automatic Defrost

      What is Manual Defrost?

      Manual defrost refers to the defrosting mechanism in a freezer or a refrigerator. Unlike automatic defrost, which introduces heat to regulate interior temperature, manual defrost breaks down a build-up of frost naturally. With manual defrost everything in the refrigerator and freezer must be removed so air can flow inside to melt excess frost. 

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      Auto Defrost vs. Manual Defrost

      Fridge temperature is hard to regulate, so defrosting your refrigerator and freezer is inevitable. Appliances come with either automatic defrost or manual defrost options, and there are advantages and limitations to each. Both are used to accommodate for temperatures that fluctuate out of the preferred range. Too much frost can interfere with how well the refrigerator operates and can cause freezer burn on foods. The main difference between the two options lies solely in convenience, but there are other factors to consider when choosing between automatic and manual defrost.

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