Re: CommonHouse Fridge?
From: Kathy Tymoczko (
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:37:02 -0700 (PDT)
We have a "double" commercial fridge (Traulsen Model G20010 2-door) and
also a commercial freezer (Traulsen G12010 Solid Door Reach In Freezer) in
the Common House kitchen.  They're both now 5 years old, and provide the
amount of space we need, but we've had to have them both repaired in the
last couple of years (motors replaced on both).  Repair costs seem a bit
high to me (over $500 each time).  They tend to be noisy, but work quite
well (except when they need repair).  The noise is problematic during
meetings in the great space (adjacent to the kitchen), primarily because
the kitchen has a large window and doorway opening into the great space
with no shutters or actual door.  We don't unplug these.

We also have a smaller fridge (Silver King (SKR24) - 24" Compact Solid Door
Undercounter Refrigerator) in the "cafe" area of our Common House great
space; this fridge is used only for beverages, is also 5 years old and has
needed no repairs.  It's also pretty noisy, and we do typically unplug it
during meetings in the great space.

On Sun, Oct 5, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Ruth Hirsch <
partner-in-healing [at]> wrote:

> Hi,
> We are going to have to replace our venerable commercial fridge (bought
> used 1997, approx.)
> We are deciding between two household refrigerators and a commercial one.
> We'd love your input.
> Have you a commercial fridge?
> If so, what brand?
> Is Hobart actually better?
> What do you have  and do you like it? love it?
> Have you residential fridges?
> Are you happy with what you have?
> We love our commercial fridge.  The reasons to consider residential:
> - the noise bothers some folks a lot. (kitchen adjacent to where we have
> meetings.  Having someone unplug fridge bec of noise happens.)
> -  repairs need to be done by someone trained to work on this type
> fridge.  Other folks may not have served us well.
> -  We wonder if,  if we had two residential one,  when we aren't using
> both, if we could unplug/turn one off.  save electricity.
> -warrantee might be less costly (we never have had one one the commercial
> fridge.)
> many thanks,
> Ruth J. Hirsch
> Cantines Island CoHousing
> Saugerties, NY
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Kathy Tymoczko
Daybreak Cohousing <>
Portland, Oregon

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