Whirlpool freezers had always, at least as long as I can remember, been outsourced through a company called W.C. Woods. Woods made freezers to each individual manufacturers specifications and shipped them with the various brand names affixed to the front. Several years ago W. C. Woods ran into financial trouble and closed down. Whirlpool ended up buying the distressed company and began producing their own freezers.
Whirlpool freezers have always been well built, regardless of who ultimately owned the company that made them. W.C. Woods did make a wider variety of models to choose from. Since Whirlpool has taken over they have reduced the available model selection considerably. The biggest sellers of Whirlpool freezers in the Greater Baltimore / Southern Pennsylvania market are the 16 cu ft upright frost free model. Whirlpool freezers are still a must have appliance for canners, especially in rural areas. We have many customers that have large gardens and like to can their own fruits and vegetables. Landers Appliance has also found that deer hunters still go for the oversized chest type freezers in order to hold large quantities of meat from their latest hunt.
The chest types do not offer frost free as an option and as a result are noticeably less expensive to operate on a yearly basis. Although less expensive to run, these chest models as well as any non-frost free models, require the freezer to be defrosted annually, which can be a major hassle when the freezer is totally packed with frozen food. the service department at Landers Appliance does not get as many service call requests for freezers any longer because we have found that many people have opted to install an additional large refrigerator/freezer combination and eliminate the stand alone freezer altogether.
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