Leakage Problem-Previously Loved!
Fridge & Freezer great for 10 yrs, great storage with large open area and great number of shelf and door space adjustments which make family visit times home so easy for food and drink storage. Easy to use and looks great too! Exclaimed over by all visitors (and we are wont to show it off) BUT now we have a problem with water leakage in fridge. 50-100ml a day. Advised by F&P to clear drainage line at back. After removing collection tray we put wire up line, about 1m. Seemed to help and leakage stopped for several weeks but ongoing problem as we...have to do every 3-4 weeks. Nothing seems to get dislodged. Difficult as we are not young and you have to lay on your back to find rubber flange at entrance of drainage line tucked up underneath back plate. This is after emptying fridge, and bringing out of holding space in the kitchen. We suspect there is a primary collection point up top but can't get access. Trades persons for white goods as rare as blue whales, just not interested and we can't afford new fridge, and or freezer. Also this Model has been discontinued. We love this pair of white goods in its brushed stainless steel finish but may have to eventually give up, clearing blockage as well as the once loved F&P Pigeon Pair! Ray & Sass
Purchased in September 2008 for A$1,322.00.
Simple and cool
I previously bought a LG fridge and freezer with twin barn doors and bottom freezer I never had so many problems with that fridge In my life, the company was terrible to deal with and after the 4th time of breaking down in under 15 months and no real explanation from this very rude company I worked out what LG stood for (Life isn’t really that Good) I choose to buy a separate Fisher and Payless upright fridge and the same freezer units well that was about 5 years ago and I have never had any issues with either of these and cannot recommend this company enough for providing an excellent product, especially with my 6 kids in and out of them continuously every day.
- 451L Vertical E450RXFD (Stainless Steel, Right Door)
- Verified purchase
Good sized refrigerator for large family
This fridge has been great for our family. Unfortunately due to living in a house that has built in fridge area we will need to upgrade soon as having the fridge and freezer in separate rooms of the house is not practical. Keeps temp great and is very easy to clean. Would be nice to have more draw areas and a pull out lever box for tall greens etc. The shelf at the top is not very adjustable but we have worked around this. But having been able to do more evenly spaced shelves would have been great. The door handle however is not very sturdy for something that gets opened on a regular basis. Overall pretty happy with it and feel the price is fairly well suited.
Never had the slightest problem with it in all the time I have had it. You can get a bit of a gurgle sound when you close the door in humid weather because there is more water in the evaporation thing on the top of the compressor, but that just a quirk.
Terrible fridge, would not recommend
We purchased the fridge in 2016. Within a few months there was lots of water pooling at the bottom of the fridge every day. We continued to wipe it out but then got a technician out and something was faulty with a part at the back of the fridge (can't remember the name). This was temporarily taped up by the technician but only a few weeks later the same problem happened so F&P replaced the part for us. Then just recently we noticed the fridge was not cold at all however the light was still on. Ice appeared to be forming at the back of the fridg...e and we had to get yet another technician out to have a look (took them three days to get back to us and then another two days to send someone out). Apparently the defrost element needs to be replaced so now we have to wait another two weeks until the part is ordered from New Zealand. It is very frustrating when you do not have a fridge for at least three weeks. We would never recommend this fridge to anyone as it has been nothing but trouble. Very disappointed as we look after all of our appliances.
Such a great fridge
Never need to change the temp as it maintains an even temp all year round. Very easy to clean and doesn’t make a lot of noise. Easy to open esp for kids. I like all the storage space especially for things like eggs and butter and drinks and other instidentals
The fridge is a good buy. It is very quiet and no noise at all. The temperature is maintained very well. Plenty of room inside to store all your food stuff. Quite economical to run. Very easy to keep clean. it looks good in my kitchen and doesn't take up too much room.
Very good fridge, our second time with same fridge
Very good all-fridge unit, we have the matching freezer unit. We used to have the pair in the smaller size but with our family growing we went and purchased the larger size. We didn't consider other models as we knew from experience the Fisher Paykel did the job very nicely. The only criticism I have is that in both sized models, I found the fridge shelves a bit flimsy. They're plastic (as most fridges are) and they crack or break easily. For both fridges I've had to buy replacement shelves - they aren't expensive but it's a pain. Still, this is an excellent family fridge.
Lots of room
Good fridge for space if you keep a lot of food, its quiet and keeps great temp. There is lots of room for big bottles and veggie storage is a good size. The door also has lots of room for sauces and jars makes things easy to find. I'd recommend it .
- 451L Vertical E450RXFD (Stainless Steel, Right Door)
- Verified purchase
I love this fridge! with a large family I couldn't live without this fridge! I had read reviews it was noisy. I can hear it more than the last fridge but it certainly doesn't keep me awake at night.
i was worried about the stainless steel but it's so easy to keep clean. just wipe it over with a damp cloth. had it for 9 months now and looks just as good as the day i bought it.
everything keeps well in it. drinks are cold and fruit and veg are crisp. the only thing that would better it was if it were to have 2 veg crispers.
Fisher Paykel the best
I have had this product for a while and we even forget it's there it's so quiet and efficient. I have often recommended Fisher Paykel to family and friends when they have been replacing their broken appliances. The temperature control is excellent through all compartments and it's so easy to clean the see through fronts on the drawers is a bonus, you don't have to open every drawer to find what you need.
Perfect family size
This fridge is excellent for a medium family. It's quiet and has well organized storage space. The temperature control remains even and the glass shelves make for easy viewing of what is behind the front items. The doors have adjustable dividers which I like for separating wine from milk or juice.
Very good for price
Very good at keeping even temperature, needs better lighting for lower shelves, bottle shelves are great.Very quiet and seals well. Shelves are very strong and have lots of adjustment. Very easy to clean. Being all fridge is great for family functions heaps of room for larger items like platters etc
A succession of failed refrigerators.
Purchased a F&P E450 from a Melbourne retail store that delivered and installed it. Door hinges failed in March 2016 - F&P diagnosed transport damage and replaced refrigerator. The replacement fridge failed in January 2017 and F&P technician diagnosed loss of gas and control system problems. The fridge was taken to the factory for repair and returned in February 2017-this repaired fridge lost it's gas within 4 days. Currently I've asked for a
another replacement fridge as the current one is a total lemon. A technician will come within a wee...
So far so good
Finding an all refrigerator is not easy. There were 2 different makes available at the time. We chose the FISHER & PAYKEL model E450.
This fridge is keeping excellent temperature. I find the only drawback is the fan that seems to be on most day and night. F/P suggest it takes very little power for it to be on. As stated "So far so good". It has adjustable shelving but seems to take less items than my last 450lt fridge. The door does need an extra little nudge to close otherwise it starts to beep to inform the door is open. A good feature but t...
Nothing but trouble
On taking out of the box after purchase, the handle was not screwed on properly - only the top. The door wouldn't close properly, even after re-adjustment by qualified fridge technician. Continually leaks water out through the bottom of the fridge despite checking drainage outlets on back of the fridge. The coating finish over the steel is deteriorating & peeling off - most unattractive! Has been a real disappointment. The matching freezer though has been trouble-free.
This is my second one I have bought due to size requirements. First one died at about 5 years. Second one has started to fail after 18 mths. Door won't close properly and now incessant beeping. I will not buy Fisher and Parkyl again. My F&P chest freezer and front end loader also died on 5 years
Only Fit for Landfill
Fridge completely failed 6 times in 8.5 years in total (first failure @ 2 months old). It was repaired by F&P 5 times (3 repairs under warranty) but same problem persisted and fridge constantly froze entire contents without warning. On the 6th time, they told me it was not worth fixing any longer. I threw out so much lost food and wasted time off work. F&P refused a replacement and insisted I purchase a new one from them because this one not worth repairing any longer. Stay away from their fridges unless you have unlimited tolerance and endless time on your hands to waste.
Great fridge - no problems at all!
We've had this fridge for over a year now. We had read some reviews about F&P fridges being noisy, but we needed a fridge-only, and it had to fit a certain space. My mum has another F&P model and it behaves beautifully, so we went for this one. I must say we have been very happy with our purchase!
For a start the internal space is considerably more than our old Westinghouse which was only slightly shorter. The wine rack really helps with efficient use of space, and the door shelving is very practical. Can easily fit tall bottles and ther...e is a rail on the lower door shelves to keep taller items stable. Good lighting, no problems at all with condensation or freezing things. The glass shelves are easy to keep clean. Very quiet - occasional gurgling, but only for a few seconds and its not often. The door suction is firm - but we can easily open the door after a few seconds. Really, I cannot fault this fridge. We are now looking to buy the companion freezer.
Do not buy. Customer service atrious.
I am the manager for a reasonably sized office (75 or so employees). We purchased two of these as staff fridges and although one has been faultless, the other has been a never ending trail of faults and errors.
To make matters worse, the customer service from Fisher and Paykel is beyond atriocious. Their "supervisors" vary from exceptionally rude and unprofessional to highly helpful but unaware of their own warranty terms (ie you can request a replacement directly from them under Australia law if it is a major fault yet they still try to dis...pute this). The service techs are all fine and decent but the company and attitude to customers, in our case we've had a tech out 6 times in a month to fix one problem, I've had enough and asked for a new fridge and have basically be left with a faulty fridge for 2 weeks while they "decide" if they will actually replace it. Sorry but never ever again will I deal with Fisher and Paykel. All other companies I've ever dealt with for such things have bent over backwards if there's a major fault to ensure the customer is happy and to ensure fairness prevails but not Fisher and Paykel, they'd rather have a broken fridge in an office of 75 while they muck around, in some cases lie about sending a manager out to make a decision on the spot that it will be replaced, only to then cancel and send a tech who comes out and says "yep still broken, needs to be taken away", and then around you go again while they argue that it's ok to take it away for an undisclosed period and return a refurbished machine - I paid for a new fridge not a factory refurbished model. On the product itself, it is neither remarkable nor unremarkable, functional, doors are hard to open I agree, but it's just a fridge... go with Westinghouse and do yourself a favour, avoid Fisher and Paykel. Edit: The fridge broke yet again and this time after another round of calls to customer service, they agreed to replace it, but I received a call on Monday advising of this, no call back about this during the week, I called again on Wed PM to ask what was going on, was put on hold for even more time while they came up with their spin, and told there was no record of the replacement, after to-ing and fro-ing I told I would be called on Fri pm, did not happen, so again I called, again on hold for more than 30 mins and finally told they don't know what is . Finally I received a call back and was told that I would have to wait till middle of May as they have no stock... in all of Australia, a major company like Fisher and Paykel has no stock - utter lies. I have this one in writing and when (not IF but WHEN) the fridge does not arrive I will go to consumer affairs. I am absolutely astounded by Fisher and Paykel - any other company would be so ashamed of their treatment of a customer and make it right but with Fisher and Paykel there's an attitude of rudeness/don't care/can't be bothered and although they do their jobs, there's no apologies, no responsibility taken, no follow up, I've had to push the whole way. I would categorically say I will never buy a Fisher and Paykel product again and am tempted to send an email around to all staff detailling exactly what has happened but then again an out of order sign on a "new fridge" in an office of 50+ people and with more than 2000+ stakeholder health professionals seeing it every day it speaks for itself. Never ever again.
Questions & Answers
not a question but an answer if you have water pooling under your vege crisper. It can be fixed!!!
Reason the water is pooling is that the drain hole is located high underneath the cooling fan - unfortunately the moulded lip of the fridge back, which empties into the drain hole, isn't wide enough to catch the water dropping off the inner fan cover so water is then running down the back of the fridge behind the air vents and collecting at the bottom (where you won't find any drain holes). To fix simply remove the long centre air vent panel by popping in each side. Next remove the outer cover of the fan (ensure you turn off power beforehand). There were no screws on our model but it was difficult to get off - we couldn't find any relevant info on google, but we persevered. The top sides come off easily and we just played by running skinny screw drivers down the edges and sort of pulled the piece in and away from the bottom right side and it popped off - sorry not very technical. You will see immediately water dropping off the plastic inner fan covers falls past the moulded drain ledge. We found that the red moulded plastic lid of a masterfood mustard jar worked great when wedged underneath the inner fan cover. It pushed the cover up and inwards and allowed the water to drop onto the ledge and run into the drain hole. I have only had this fridge today and it appears to have done the trick. Hopefully no other issues will be discovered because it otherwise seems like a great fridge with plenty of room.
Luckily my problem was a build-up of ice in the collector channel which was easy to clear once I got the upper panel off. Getting the panel off was a mission, being unsure how it was attached (not obvious). I used several old thin-bladed, kitchen knives (the ones your Nana had) to prise the right hand edge of the panel away from the body of the fridge. After persevering, the panel just popped off. My biggest fear was that the plastic would crack/break before the panel released, but, luckily, it stayed in one piece. I took a few photos with the panel off so that I will know what I am dealing with next time.
Compressor stops fan constant except when open door, fridge stays at 20 degrees. Help?
hi Our fridge has lost its powerful suction when opening? just wondering if this is a problem? it is a few years old.
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