Whirlpool GD5DHAXV (25.3 cu. ft.) Side by Side Refrigerator Reviews
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Comments about Whirlpool GD5DHAXV (25.3 cu. ft.) Side by Side Refrigerator:
After looking a many models, we decided that this unit would be a perfect replacement for a refrigerator whose compressor died after several years of service. We got the stainless steel model and have been very happy with it overall. It does have a couple of issues pertaining to design that could use some improvement. I believe this model has been discontinued and it is one of the last models made in the U.S.A. before the Whirlpool plant closed and moved overseas.
The only noise we really hear from this refrigerator is when the ice is dropping into the bin. The motor is very quiet.
The shelves on the refrigerator side can be moved to accommodate larger items. It is an adequate amount of space that can fit a lot bottles and containers. The doors have adjustable shelves as well. The three drawers are quite large and hold a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. One drawer is dedicated to cheese and cold cuts.
The temperature control is located in the front of the refrigerator above the ice dispenser. The electrical panel controls the freezer and refrigerator's temperature. It also dispenses the type of ice - crushed or half-moon shaped - The display signals when the water filter needs to be replaced, and also shows codes to indicate if something is wrong with the refrigerator. The manual has all the codes in the troubleshooting section, but we have never, in three years, had to deal with any codes.
Ease of Cleaning
I thought stainless steel would be a bear to keep clean, but it was not bad at all once I learned how to make less trouble for myself.
Interior: The shelves and drawers are easily removed to wash in the sink. They can be a bit difficult to put back in place. This aspect of the refrigerator I am not pleased with.
Exterior: A bucket of warm water and dish soap (a couple of drops) Wash, rinse, and dry. Once dry, apply a few drops of olive oil and spread around the refrigerator one section at a time. Buff dry. No scratches, no fingerprints, no dirt. Repeat in a couple of weeks or when you can't stand it anymore.
We have had no issues with this refrigerator in the last three years except for a couple of design problems we have learned to live with, but will be sure to avoid when it is time to replace this unit. However, it has performed very well and it is doubtful we will have to replace it for a few more years.
Here are the things we found truly annoying over the years:
1. The filter dispenser is at the bottom of the refrigerator. This is a truly inconvenient location for people with disabilities or the elderly. Many units at the time of purchase had the filter located inside the refrigerator where changing it was as simple as twisting in/out like a light bulb. We ended up buying this model because the amount of interior space and the ice bin on the door trumped the annoying filter issue.
2. The actual opening of the doors is not perfectly flat, so if we need to reach toward the back of the refrigerator, we need to fight the door to the side of us. The opening is not wide enough for a human body and the door is constantly closing on us. I wish the door would just stay open flat when we need it to be.
3. There is no blessed way to adjust the refrigerator door. The freezer side door hangs a bit lower than the refrigerator side. The floor is level. The refrigerator itself is leveled - we have checked before laying tile and after and made every possible adjustment to the unit -
The only way we might be able to make the door perfectly level would be to remove the door and stainless steel panel and fiddle with it. This is beyond what we are willing to do since all the electronic components are housed inside that door and it could potentially create an even bigger problem.