Frequently Asked Questions
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Q. Where do
I send my pictures?
We are trying to
put this information in as many places as are applicable. If
you need to send a picture for a classified ad, please
email your image to email@example.com.
If you need to submit pictures for an appraisal of your antique,
please please email your image to firstname.lastname@example.org. If
you have an item to sell or are looking to have your appliance
restored, send photos to email@example.com
. Need parts for your appliances? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Do you sell
vintage refrigerator door gasket material?
Yes. We stock several different styles of
vintage refrigerator door gasket material. Please note that
these gaskets do not cross to original manufacture numbers.
Gasket material sells for $4.95 and up. For more information
regarding our available door gaskets, check out our online
Q. Are these
old refrigerators energy efficient?
Yes. During the restoration process, the
entire refrigerator is dismantled. All of the old insulation
and electrical wiring is removed and discarded. The empty
box is then sand blasted, hand sanded, primed and repainted
with 6 coats of solvent based enamel paint (your choice of
color). Upon reassembly, the refrigerator receives a new blanket
of insulation, new electrical wiring and a new door gasket.
The mechanical system is overhauled or replaced with a new
system, then calibrated and fine tuned to optimum efficiency.
Once the refrigerator is completely reassembled, it is turned
on and operated on a test pattern for 5 to 7 days. The average
run time of a completely restored refrigerator is 10 to 12
minutes every hour. Because these do not have defrost heater
assemblies or condenser and evaporator fan systems, they do
not require the additional electricity of today’s more
modern units. The key to their efficiency is the new insulation
and a good solid door gasket seal. By keeping the cold air
in, the operating time is reduced.
Q. Do you ship,
and what does it cost?
Yes, we ship our restored vintage appliance
anywhere in the US. We have established a relationship with
Vintage Transport and, not only do they ship our items to
you, they'll ship your items to us. They are crating
and shipping specialist. Be sure to check out our Shipping
page for more information and for a link to the
Vintage Transport website. You can also get your own "e-quote"
from Craters & Freighters for shipping your item.
Q. How does
Classified Advertising work on AntiqueAppliances.com?
AntiqueAppliances.com offers a classified
advertising forum for antique appliances of all kinds. Our
forum allows you to place your own text ads automatically. Two
"For Sale" ad options are available: 90 days for
$40 or 120 days for $60. Each rate allows you to ad text and
photos. At the end of 90 days, you have the option to renew
your advertisement. If you do not renew your advertisement,
it will be removed. "Wanted" advertisements
cost $10 for 3 months (no photos) and $40 for 3 months (up
to three photos).
Q. How old
is my vintage appliance and what is it worth?
All vintage appliances have an "as
is" value, a cost to restore and a value after a complete
restoration as a functional vintage appliance. In order
for us to "value" your appliance, please supply
us with the manufacturers name and city (if known), at least
two photographs of the appliance (refrigerators must include
an interior and an exterior photo). Also, please supply
us with any and all numbers that you can locate on the appliance
(i.e. model numbers, serial numbers, catalog numbers, style
numbers, etc.) You can send the pictures to us by e-mail
or at the mailing address below along with your printed form
found on the link provided below. Responding to the large
number of requests we receive for appraisals every day requires
a good portion of our time and attention. As such we
charge a fee of $50.00 for this service. If you prefer
to regular mail, we have provided a printable form on our
Appraisals page for your convenience.
please send the required information and your check for $50.00
P.O. Box 323
Clayton, Georgia 30525-0323
To acquire an appraisal of your antique
appliance and receive our quickest response, please visit
our Appraisals page. Our
appraisal service is available online via the tab on the website
with payment accepted through Paypal. There is also a little
more information there regarding the process of appraising
these specialty antiques. We have provided a form for
your convenience in providing the required information to
Q. I have an
old GE refrigerator, on legs with the motor on top. How
old is this refrigerator, and what is it worth?
This is the classic GE Monitor Top refrigerator. GE
first introduced this model for residential use in 1927. The
Monitor Top was considered the standard in the industry and
was one of the most popular and most affordable means of electrified
refrigeration from 1927 through 1937. Monitor Tops used
SO2 (sulfur dioxide) or Methal Formate for their refrigerant. Monitor
Top refrigerators were so well built, that literally hundreds
of them are still in service today, many have never had need
for a service repair. This is a real testimony to the
quality and integrity that these units were produced with. Most
of these models had a single door, however, there were limited
productions of double and triple door models. Single
door models are typically worth $150 to $400 in their "as
is', unrestored condition, models having been completely restored
can sell for $3400 to $4200. The rarer double and triple
door models are worth considerably more depending on condition. Read
More about Monitor Top Refrigerators Here.
Q. What is a
At Antique Appliances, we strive to restore
your vintage appliance with every attention to detail. Our
100-Point Restoration begins with a complete photographing
the stove or refrigerator from every angle. The item
is then carefully dismantled with each part cataloged and
tagged, more photos taken with every step of the process.
Once the unit is completely dismantled, all old insulation
is discarded. Electrical wiring is diagramed and inspected.
At this point in the process, there is a slightly different
avenue taken depending on whether the cabinet finish of the
appliance is a painted surface or a porcelain surface. Click
here to view the rest of our story.
Q. What's your
Due to the uniqueness of the vintage appliance
business, AntiqueAppliances.com has the following policy with
regard to refunds for deposits made toward the purchase of
or the restoration of any vintage appliance.
If you are purchasing a vintage appliance
from our inventory of "Unrestored
Treasures " or our showroom, your initial
40% deposit is not refundable. Once the item is tagged for
you and your project is placed on our restoration calendar,
the item is removed from the list of items available for sale
to other potential clients. Because we are reserving the item
exclusively for you and may pass up an opportunity to show
it to another client, we consider the item yours. Should you
decide, for any reason, to back out of your purchase on the
selected vintage appliance, we will retain your deposit as
compensation for the opportunities we have missed to sell
the item to other potential clients.
If we are restoring a vintage appliance
that already belongs to you, your initial $500 deposit may
be partially refundable. Because the appliance already belongs
to you, we have no reason to show it to or attempt to sell
it to other clients. Should you decide to cancel the project
before we begin restortion work, the full deposit amount is
refundable. No refunds are offered once we have started restoration
on your project.
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Q. Does AntiqueAppliances.com
Although we do purchase vintage appliances
for our inventory, we are very selective as to what we purchase. If
you think you have an item that would be of interest to us,
please provide two pictures of the item. You can e-mail those
pictures to John (email@example.com)
or mail them to our P.O. address on the "Contact
Us" page of our site. Both photos should be
full view of the front, one with the doors open and one with
the doors closed. Once we review the item we will contact
you regarding our level of interest. Additionally, so
that we may consider options for getting the item, please
tell us what city and state it is located in.
You may also post your vintage appliance
for sale on the classified
ad section of our website.
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Q. What about
Here at AntiqueAppliances.com we occasionally
salvage vintage and antique stove and refrigerator parts. Unfortunately,
sometimes we are forced to sacrifice an entire unit for a
part or two. It is an overwhelming task cataloguing and
indexing all of these parts for the website as our stock of
original replacement parts changes frequently. However,
if you drop us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
we will be happy to assist you in any way we can. We
may have just the part you are looking for. We do carry a
few items on our website. Click
here to view our new online parts store.
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