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American style fridge

We're looking for an American style fridge for our new house, but we don't need the freezer section, as we already have a large upright freezer. But we would like the ice and cold water dispensers. Does such a thing exist?
I've seen plenty of these



But nothing which has no freezer section.

Secondly, if they do exist, anyone know a Swiss supplier?

Or is it possible to adjust the thermostat of the above to turn the freezer section into additional fridge space?

Gah, sorry about the image size, it's from a URL so I can't reduce it.
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Is it possible to have a ice dispenser without a freezer to make it? Sounds as if a custom build is needed.
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Is it possible to have a ice dispenser without a freezer to make it? Sounds as if a custom build is needed.
I don't know, that's why I'm asking. I'm not sure if the freezer element for the ice is separate from the freezer compartment itself. Seeing as the cold water dispenser is also on the freezer door, I presume it has a cooling element that is separate from the freezer compartment.
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I don't know, that's why I'm asking. I'm not sure if the freezer element for the ice is separate from the freezer compartment itself. Seeing as the cold water dispenser is also on the freezer door, I presume it has a cooling element that is separate from the freezer compartment.
It's not separate.

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Old 26.06.2015, 12:26
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It's not separate.

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Care to elaborate? I'm not an engineer, so how does a compartment maintained at -20C produce water at 4C?
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Old 26.06.2015, 12:27
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Re: American style fridge

Fill up the spare freezer space with old books, or similar, and it won't cost you much more.
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Re: American style fridge

Such ice makers normally use the freezer's cooling system itself. It would be more expensive and inefficient if it had a dedicated cooling system just for the ice maker.
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Care to elaborate? I'm not an engineer, so how does a compartment maintained at -20C produce water at 4C?
The ice is made in a tray and turned out into the storage area when a certain temperature (of the tray contents) is reached. Water is not stored internally, but piped through/past the freezer elements at a rate where it will not freeze, and I imagine the ones with fizzy water must have a separate temperature control for the pressurised container, as this can't be done instantly.
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Re: American style fridge

Here's an Electrolux model that's just a fridge, no freezer, with a cold water dispenser in the door.

http://www.ubaldi.com/electromenager...&xtdt=23921871

I don't think it's possible to get a fridge with an ice maker without a freezer, but a water dispenser is possible. Google refrigerateur sans congelateur avec distributeur d'eau.
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Re: American style fridge

OK, thanks for all the replies. Looks like we need to chosse to have the extra freezer space (I'm sure it will fill up) or no ice/cold water.
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Re: American style fridge

I saw once at the big MediaMarkt in Luzern a stand alone ice maker. Maybe a big fridge and and ice maker on the counter?
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Re: American style fridge

Hey PaddyG,


I think this is what you are looking for:


http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajm...FFHS2622M.html
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I think this is what you are looking for:


http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajm...FFHS2622M.html
Err, no, the left side of that is a freezer, like he was not wanting.
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OK, thanks for all the replies. Looks like we need to chosse to have the extra freezer space (I'm sure it will fill up) or no ice/cold water.

You can always keep gin in the freezer, it's far nicer than at room temp
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If you are picking something with a freezer section anyway, I would recommend a french door refridgerator over the model you showed.
http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/h...RF24HSESBSR/EG

Here the freezer section is at the bottom in drawers while the refridgerator sits on top at a comfortable height. That way you do not have to crouch in front of your refridgerator to grab ome veggies.
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Re: American style fridge

I briefly considered installing an 'American Style Fridge' when we renovated the kitchen, but decided against it because one feature I am happy not to have is the ice/water dispenser.

I've had to refinish too many kitchen floors in too many US houses when those damn things leak - as they often do.

Whatever model you choose, do research reliability and repair issues.

Good luck with the project!

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If you are picking something with a freezer section anyway, I would recommend a french door refridgerator over the model you showed.
http://www.samsung.com/de/consumer/h...RF24HSESBSR/EG

Here the freezer section is at the bottom in drawers while the refridgerator sits on top at a comfortable height. That way you do not have to crouch in front of your refridgerator to grab ome veggies.
See, somehting like this without the freezer section would be perfect. As you can see the ice/water dispenser is on the fridge door, not freezer. I assume it therefore has a small freezer compartment/unit to make the ice.
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Old 27.06.2015, 13:58
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Here the freezer section is at the bottom in drawers while the refridgerator sits on top at a comfortable height. That way you do not have to crouch in front of your refridgerator to grab ome veggies.
And the time you save you can spend doing squats at the gym!
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Re: American style fridge

OK, found what I was looking for. They're known as side-by-side fridges (you might have known that, I didn't) and they have them in Mediamarkt:

https://shop.mediamarkt.ch/de/kueche...p/idpvakb4rrsv
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OK, found what I was looking for. They're known as side-by-side fridges (you might have known that, I didn't) and they have them in Mediamarkt:

https://shop.mediamarkt.ch/de/kueche...p/idpvakb4rrsv
But the one you linked to is 2/3 fridge, 1/3 freezer.
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