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The first electric refrigerator was offered for sale in 1913. In 1915, Alfred Mellowes designed a new version of the original unit and in 1916 the Guardian Frigerator Company was organized to manufacture Mellowes' refrigerator. General Motors saw the potential of this company and purchased it in 1918 and gave it the name Frigidaire. Mass production techniques were applied, production facilities were improved and additional sales offices were opened. It was then that Frigidaire took off as a company. Along the way, it has recorded quite a few "firsts" and contributed immensely to the industry as a whole.
Among the milestones: 1921 One-piece metal lining "Hydrolene" that sealed the cork insulation
- 1924 Began to manufacture ice cream cabinets
- 1926 The first all-steel refrigerator cabinet
- 1927 The first porcelain-on-steel refrigerator exterior
- 1929 The first home food freezer (chest type)
- The first self-contained room air conditioner
- Frigidaire builds its one-millionth refrigerator! International sales begin
- 1930 The first "Hydrator", a humidity drawer for fruits and vegetables
- 1931 The first use of freon as a refrigerant
- 1933 The "Meter Miser", the first sealed, self-oiling rotary compressor unit
- 1938 The first air-cooled, window-type air conditioner
- 1948 The first refrigerator-freezer combination with completely separate freezer section
- 1952 The first automatic defrosting of the refrigerator compartment "Cycla-Matic"
- 1955 "Ice Ejector", a storage bin with built-in cube release is introduced
- 1958 "Frigi-Foam" insulation allowed for the first Frost-Proof refrigerator-freezer
- 1964 The jet action washer with roller-matic mechanism - not belts, pulleys or gears
- 1965 The first automatic ice maker which delivers cubes to the ice saver on door
- 1969 Molded "agi-tub" introduced, a combination spin tub and agitator - First use of polypropylene in a washer tub
- 1970 The first laundry center with washer and dryer
- 1974 Ice, juice and water through the door introduced on top mount refrigerator
- 1975 The first charcoal refrigerator deodorizer
- 1998 Introduced the PureSource Ice & Water Filtration System in side-by-side refrigerators
- 1999 Frigidaire's freezer factory produces 70 percent of freezers manufactured in the United States
- 2006 Introduced the industry's first frost-free chest freezer
As you can see the Frigidaire company have had a long history of innovation in the industry, often leading the way for others to follow. Now however, it appears to be not much more than another brand name in the Electrolux portfolio which is a great shame for such a historic brand.
It is also important to remember that Frigidaire in the UK and, certain other worldwide territories, is not the same products that are available in the US. Much of the UK refrigeration for example is re-badged Electrolux or Chinese and Eastern European origin.
Over time Frigidaire has changed its logo in some interesting ways. The original logo with the "crown" on it was used as shown above and it has historic value, this logo was dropped after General Motors sold the Frigidaire brand to White Consolidated Industries (WCI) in 1979, after this the brand was apparently all but abandoned.
Then in the eighties the Frigidaire name made a return with these logos:
You can see there the "crown" still being used but when Electrolux bought the brand in 1986 the branding got revamped under the new owner and, recently has been upgraded as is shown below to the latest branding.
Frigidaire Market Position
In the US Frigidaire appears to command a premium brand name and, as such, pricing is above the budget brands.
In the UK Frigidaire never really made it into that sector and has languished with other lower end brands although, obviously with the heritage of the brand, it fares a little better than many.
Frigidaire Spare Parts
Both held little fear until the UK owner entered administration, since then spares have become more of a challenge to get but many are still available. Spares were usually fairly reasonably priced although the low cost of the units themselves in the UK can make especially major repairs cost-prohibitive, the spares cannot be accused of being ludicrously over-priced as many are.
Lots of Frigidaire spares are available on our online store and we can order almost any Frigidaire spare part assuming that it is still available and not obsolete.
Frigidaire Service And Repairs
For the UK all servicing was carried out through Independent Service Domestic Appliances Limited (ISDAL) who are a division of Hi-Group that operated the Frigidaire brand in the UK until the group entered administration in 2012. In September 2012 the parent company iof ISDAL, HI Group, entered into administration and rumours persist that the brand has been bought by the Chinese Hisense company who we are told supplied much of the Frigidaire products.
Current official servicing staus is unknown.
Most repairers will undertake repairs to Frigidaire products without a problem and you can search for one of our approved repairers in the engineer search.
Frigidaire UK Key Contacts
As the Frigidaire brand name is under the control of different companies in different territories these details only apply to the UK and not to other areas.
Official website/email: No Longer Available (UK)
Official telephone support: No Longer Available (UK)
Unofficial technical support: http://www.ukwhitegoods.co.uk/forumsphpbb3
Primary trade supplier (where available): None
Address : No Longer Trading (UK)
Frigidaire Ratings & Review
These key indicators are gathered from general opinion within the industry, spares availability with major trade spares distributors and general engineer's opinions alongside how many repairers are registered to repair Frigidaire cookers, fridge freezers and other UK only products.
Frigidaire market share
Frigidaire is a well known brand in the UK and other territories
Frigidaire appliance pricing
DIY repair rating
Spare parts availability
Spare part pricing
Any comment is moot now with the demise of the HI Group and, at the time of writing, the end of the Frigidaire brand in the UK
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