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Friday, October 24, 2008

Review of LG Refrigerator Model LMX25981ST





Update 06/17/2013:
I'm still using this refrigerator and so far it is operating with no issues other than what is outlined below, with one exception- At the top of the doors, where they meet in the center, the rubber gaskets have ripped due to them pushing together. Another bad design element in my opinion. I think  a flipping center post design would be better. I have seen them on Frigidaire units so check that door sealing design.

Update 01/04/09:
 (In the February issue of Consumer Reports 2009, it states on page 40 that this refrigerator has been suspended from the Federal Energy Star program due to it consuming too much electricity to qualify for the Energy Star. As a result, the Department of Energy and LG have come to an agreement that LG will offer to replace a circuit board free of charge which will save the consumer a few percent below the DOE maximum  and LG will reimburse the purchaser about $41.00 for past energy consumption and around $7.00 per year for the 14 year estimated life span. To receive this benefit, go to www.lgrefrigeratoroffer.com or call 888.848.1266.)

  I thought I would give my opinion on our new LG refrigerator, that was a replacement of a 26 year old Whirlpool that has served us well, was still working, but in the process of falling apart.
From the manufactures site:


Model : LMX25981ST

25 Cu.Ft. Total Capacity 4 Door Refrigerator
Introducing the first ice and water dispensing 4-Door French Door refrigerator, exclusively from LG. The two freezer drawers provide the ultimate in convenient organization and easy access. With the tallest water dispenser available, you can fill larger containers with filtered water. The interior of the refrigerator adds to the already sophisticated exterior styling – with recessed LED lighting, low profile shelving and integrated crisper and deli storage.

MSRP : $3199.00


This is the French door model which means the top has two doors with free open clearance and the lower freezer section has two pull out doors. The ice maker is up top which I prefer do to  feeling it provided better cleanliness. Many models have the ice below and I don't  like the idea of hovering over an ice bin, retrieving ice.

When we were looking at the freezer section on different refrigerators, some had single drawer bottom. This one has two freezer doors and we thought it would allow for more efficient space utilization, eliminating the need to dig through  one deeper tray. The addition of another door does take up some space and adds additional complexity to the design.

So far this we like the refrigerator. It does not run as much as our old one and is much quieter. It seems to maintain the temperature well also. The stainless steel looks nice, but does show up touching marks more than I would like. The ice maker  works well as does the water dispenser.
There is one major problem I have discovered with this unit's design that potential purchaser should be aware of. On the freezer drawer roller / gear system, there are round gears on each side that engage into the fixed track. If the drawer is pulled out all the way the small round gear wheels can spin freely disengaged with the long matching gear track runner. If one is not careful and pushes unevenly on the drawer when pushing it back  in, the gear on one side can engage the track gear out of sync with the other side, which will result in the drawer becoming uneven, causing the rubber seal not to seal to the refrigerator which then leaks the cold air. The gap is about 1 / 4" inch. This is a very bad design. To correct this if the door does become out of sync, just pull it out fully and push evenly so the gears engage at the same teeth.
In summary, we like the unit  so far, except of this one bad gear design. If I had known about this problem, we might not have bought it
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing a nice information. we need to think about that problem before going to purchase any refrigerator. nowadays, it is too important to save energy.

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