Refrigerators can be challenging to buy – especially if they break down in the middle of a heat wave. Or you move into a new-to-you home that doesn’t have one and realize it will take a week or more to get one delivered and installed. And when it comes to buying a new fridge for one of the many lovely and old vintage homes, you may have a couple of extra challenges and choices facing you.
- Some of the lovely historic old homes are huge and space isn’t an issue. Others are cute little bungalows with much smaller space than normal. Or perhaps the space is a bit oddly shaped. This is when measuring twice, buying once (to paraphrase the old woodcutter’s saying) is absolutely vital. Maybe even measuring four or five times just to be absolutely sure!
- If you want to have an ice maker and/or water dispenser, do NOT buy the refrigerator until you are SURE you have or can have installed the necessary plumbing to achieve that. Otherwise, you might end up like one poor woman I read about who bought a fridge with an ice maker only to discover AFTER it was delivered that the equipment she planned to hook it to did NOT work. Now she has a lovely but unusable icemaker wasting a great deal of space in her freezer.
- Still on the ice maker / water dispenser, make sure the water pipes coming to the fridge are going to be the right size to fit your new fridge. Just like dress styles, manufacturer’s sizes and types of plumbing apparatus has changed over the years, sometimes causing issues when trying to mesh it to new products.
All of those tips are dealing with those of you wanting new refrigerators in your lovely old homes. However, there are also plenty of folks who want a retro refrigerator to go with their retro home. And guess what. There are some options out there, if you look (and sometimes, if you look and look and keep looking 🙂 ).
Here are a few sites to get you started on your retro refrigerator quest:
- Vintage stoves and refrigerators – Fascinating article about a gentleman and his small company rebuilding and selling vintage stoves and refrigerators, one at a time.
- The Garden Web Old House Forum – talking about old and smaller fridges for a smaller vintage home.
- The Antique Refrigerator Site – Very interesting info.
- The Old Appliance Club – fridges and more! 🙂
New refrigerators are a nice addition to any age house, as long as they work well with it. And retro fridges can be quite cool. Just be sure to copy that old carpenters’ adage and measure a LOT as well as check the plumbing and compatibility before you make your final decisions. And if you have more tips or links, we’d love to hear about them. 🙂