May 6, 2013 12:14 PM Subscribe
Why did all the plastic parts in my fridge turn brittle and start cracking after only 3 years?
posted by fimbulvetr to Technology (9 answers total)
We bought a Kenmore fridge 5 years ago, and within 3 years all of the plastics (bins, drawer guides, shelf supports, door shelves), even though we treated it fairly gently, started getting brittle and cracking. Of course, there is only a 1-year warranty on it. It has now gotten to the point that so many of the plastic parts are broken that we are seriously considering replacing the thing (in addition to the self-destructing plastics the door is starting to sag and the freezer and fridge seals don't seal properly).
So, my questions are: why did this happen? Is there anything I can do to stop this from happening? Is this a common problem with all fridge plastics? If we replace the fridge, which makes do you recommend?