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Old 27th August 2009, 20:26   #451
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I have a clean back Samsung refrigerator bought 3 months ago. Too early to comment on reliability.
But heat disipation happens from the back and the side walls. So except for door all 3 sides of the fridge feel hot.

Also, freezer was able to maintain water in ice form for the whole 9 hrs long power cut. (This was with the freezer door opened only 3 times during those 9 hrs to test the status of ice). So I am guessing, the insulation is pretty good to not to leak any heat from the side walls inside.

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My samsung is running well three years on
Thanks for allaying my doubt.
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Just the model I was looking for as well. Did you buy it directly from rbs appliances?

I am also considering the new Samsung range of front loaders. Did you see those before finalising?

http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/s...WF7652SUV/XTL#

Sorry Viddy - was travelling and saw this post now.

Yup I did see the Samsung machine as well.

I found the build quality of the Siemens far better than the Samsung. I was using a Siemens WM2020 machine for 7 years - this was bought in exchange. Yes this was purchased from RBS with a twist - they negotiated the price, but the delivery was done by VGP and the payment also made to VGP.

LEt me know in case you wan the contact details of the RBS person.

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I will give it a try. My washing machine stand already has rubber shoes for the grip. Moreover the service person advised me to put a cycle tube under the stand shoes to increase the grip. Still the problem persists.
At this rate I think its better to screw the whole WM onto the floor tight!
I too have an IFB Senorita which is about 7 years old now. We had some problems with dancing around at our hew home. But managed to fix it by using folded paper as spacers. Only issue is we need to replace it once or twice a month.
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At this rate I think its better to screw the whole WM onto the floor tight!
I have tried to secure the stand such that it does not move. The end result:
The washing machine fell off from the stand
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Friends, I need your help in choosing decidedly low tech stuff! I need to buy
several ceiling fans for my home. Nothing fancy (decorative etc.), just
functional, -- but MUST be silent and durable. I don't know if any such
thing exists these days anymore! I've had very bad recent experiences with
Usha and Crompton Greaves (khat khat khat khat noise from multiple fans,
driving me crazy). So those are ruled out. Just to think that some Khaitan
clones have served flawlessly in my parent's home for more than 35 years!

Anyway, am I going to find what I'm looking for? I don't mind paying a little
more for good quality. Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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Friends, I need your help in choosing decidedly low tech stuff!
I got havells fans(about 12 of them) for my home last year and no issues so far with them. Service is also prompt.
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The rented house i am staying in currently has Havell fans, which have the qualities you're looking for.
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Well Well Well... This is a hat-trick !!

I have 9 Havells fans for the past 2 years and would recommend them.
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I have Crompton Grieves fans. My only issue with them is that the capacitors fail after a while, but it is only a few moments' work to replace them.

My ideal fan would be one that runs slowly, just moving the air, but, unfortunately, speed is the selling point that works, so I can't find one.

Noise is often caused by using the wrong kind of regulator. In my first, rented places, the fans were very noisy, especially on low speed. The electricians had fitted lighting dimmer switched. We bought the big, chunky, old-fashioned fan regulators, fastened them to the wall by the switches, bypassed the dimmers and --- silent fans!
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We have 5 Usha and 1 havells fans. 4 years, no issues. but then in bangalore we still dont need fans for more than 2-3 months in a yr

In my native home we have khaitan fans and they have started to give troubles after 6 yrs(they are being used for 6-8 months in a yr).So would suggest to stay away from them.
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Thanks guys, for your help. I must say I was surprised to see the first three
responses all recommending Havells, since I noticed numerous complaints
about the brand in consumercomplaints.in (one even complaining about the
hanging rod breaking)! There are much fewer complaints about some better
established brands (some of which I personally had problems with).

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We have 5 Usha and 1 havells fans. 4 years, no issues. but then in bangalore we still dont need fans for more than 2-3 months in a yr
lol, you may be right about the reason. However, all my recent negative
experiences with Usha (4 out of 4 ceiling fans) and Crompton Greaves
(2 out of 4 ceiling fans and 2 out of 2 exhaust fans) were in Bangalore!

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I have Crompton Grieves fans.
I thought it was Crompton Greaves. However, your spelling may be more apt .

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My ideal fan would be one that runs slowly, just moving the air, but, unfortunately, speed is the selling point that works, so I can't find one.

Noise is often caused by using the wrong kind of regulator. In my first, rented places, the fans were very noisy, especially on low speed. The electricians had fitted lighting dimmer switched. We bought the big, chunky, old-fashioned fan regulators, fastened them to the wall by the switches, bypassed the dimmers and --- silent fans!
You don't feel the need of a tempest in Chennai ?! Seriously, I also like
a gentle breeze. And the electronic regulators (dimmer switches?) built
into the switch plates these days afforded just that at a setting of one.

However, such regulators may cause a humming noise at low settings (as
warned by CG in their website). May be that's the kind of noise you
suffered? It is nice to know the solution (with the old type regulators).
Although it will surely ruin the looks.

However, the type of noise I was complaining about (like khit khit khit khit,
some sort of mechanical noise) increases with speed, and is intermittent at
the lowest speed. It also happens with the old type regulators, and is
probably a defect with modern day fans in India. I have experienced
it with multiple brands. Don't know if any brand is free from it!

I saw numerous different models in the Orient website, promising long life
and good looks. Tried contacting them, and all their email addresses are
invalid. This even before a purchase. How promising!

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Even I would recommend Havell's. I have Havell's and Bajaj at home and I find the quality of Havell's to be better than that of Bajaj. Have been using them for 3 years now without any issues. If you are lucky to find a shop like the one I have, you can bring different fans, fit them and see which one gives you the best turbulence/throw of air and is less noisy at different speed levels.

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I thought it was Crompton Greaves. However, your spelling may be more apt .
I am becoming known for my bad spelling!

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You don't feel the need of a tempest in Chennai ?! Seriously, I also like
a gentle breeze. And the electronic regulators (dimmer switches?) built
into the switch plates these days afforded just that at a setting of one.
No, I hate sitting in a draft. If I knew anything about it, I'd experiment with wiring resisters into the circuit to add an extra slow-down stage. Experience of my own attempts at this sort of thing suggests that explosions would occur. I did blow up one fan regulator, messing around!

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However, such regulators may cause a humming noise at low settings (as
warned by CG in their website). May be that's the kind of noise you
suffered? It is nice to know the solution (with the old type regulators).
Although it will surely ruin the looks.
Ours was lighting dimmers... we have modular switches here, including fan regulators, and they do not cause buzzing.

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However, the type of noise I was complaining about (like khit khit khit khit,
some sort of mechanical noise) increases with speed, and is intermittent at
the lowest speed.
Sounds like something catching. I've know this to happen because the cover has slipped too low, or become crooked so that it catches one side.
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Sounds like something catching. I've know this to happen because the cover has slipped too low, or become crooked so that it catches one side.
I thought so too, at first. But nothing so obvious, and the noise is not so
loud either. But it is surely very irritating. It would be surprising too, if
something like catching would happen with anything like the frequency I have
experienced (e.g. 4 out of 4 fans in an apartment). Of course, I haven't
spent too much time looking for the root cause up there. One thing I know,
have never experienced this with the older, heavier fans.
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My ideal fan would be one that runs slowly, just moving the air, but, unfortunately, speed is the selling point that works, so I can't find one.

You should consider proper electronic fan regulators.

And the last few posts made me look at what I have been using for past 20 years. They all are Khaitans. Except for one small one from Cropmton, which would be older than me. Hmmm... 4 decades!!!
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