History of GE
General Electric (GE) was founded in 1889, by Thomas Edison and financed by J.P. Morgan and his current company Drexel, Morgan & Co. It was originally called Edison General Electric Company, and was changed to simply General Electric when they merged with Thomson-Houston Electric Company in 1892. Their headquarters moved to Fairfield, Connecticut after a long run in Schenectady, New York. From 1919 to 1930, they paired with RCA to increase radio sales, propelling RCA into its own profitable corporation afterwards. In the 1960s, GE was one of the largest computer companies in the world, but sold their computer line to Honeywell in 1970. They have had ownership in many companies, even NBC and Universal Studios for a short period of time.
Over the years, GE has begun many subsidiaries, one of which being GE Home & Business Solutions (also shortly known as GE Appliances & Lighting). They created a 100-acre manufacturing plant in Louisville, Kentucky, called Appliance Park, in 1951. The Park was so large it had its own post office and even its own ZIP code. Some buildings were leased out to other companies for production, but a majority of them were filled with the 25k or more employees they had at any one time. While they manufactured many reliable appliances for consumers, they sold their appliance business to Electrolux in 2014. Despite the selling of some of their largest assets, General Electric continues to be a profitable multinational conglomerate.
GE has released appliances under their own name, but has also manufactured for:
- Fisher & Paykel
- Speed Queen
GE appliances we service include, but are not limited to:
- Side by Side Refrigerators – Also called “American Style”, they were invented by Amana to provide more freezer space. Left is the freezer, Right is the refrigerator.
- Refrigerator & Top Freezer – Most common in households, it has been the leading style since the 1940’s. Some budget models and mini-fridges use a freezer chest as opposed to a separate compartment.
- Refrigerator & Bottom Freezer – Created to provide easier access to refrigerator items, as they are needed more often than freezer.
- French Door Refrigerators – Two French doors on top for the refrigerator, and a drawer bottom freezer. These have become more prominent since the late 90’s.
- Under-Counter Refrigerators – Can be used as a freezer or refrigerator, and are easily accessible. They can be put into any room for extra storage or entertainment purposes.
- Wine Cellars – Made to customize the storage temperatures so that wine may be served at its best. Usually with glass doors, so that bottles can be on display to visitors as well.
- Standing Freezers – For those with extra room in their kitchen, or who need them simply as extra storage space. Can be free-standing or built-in.
- Chest Freezers – An indispensable item for those with large families and need a great deal of storage. Also used for commercial purposes, and typically kept outside of the kitchen.
- Dishwashers – These are occasionally built-in for a more coordinated look. Usually made so that they are easy to install and service, they take the hassle out of hand washing.
- Gas Cooktops – Using natural gas, they provide the cook with the ability to perfectly control temperatures with an open flame.
- Electric Cooktops – Converts electricity in order to heat iron coils, which in turn heat the cookware. Originally created as a novelty, they can be expensive to run. They are seen with both glass/ceramic tops and hotplates.
- Induction Cooktops – Provides faster and more cost-efficient heating. Cookware must be ferrous metal and have a flat bottom in order to work. Heats only the pan, never letting the surface get hot enough to make spilled food burn or stick. If the pot is removed, the element automatically turns off.
- Gas Oven – Traditional and most cost-effective, more models are being released with the ability to become a convection oven for even baking.
- Electric Oven – Uses electricity to heat elements in the oven in order to cook. Not incredibly cost effective, but can cook more evenly than a conventional gas oven.
- Wall Ovens – Built in for convenience to the consumer, they can be stacked/installed with multiple to provide more option for the cook.
- Freestanding Ranges – Made with Oven and Cooktop combined, they can be entirely gas, electric, or with a gas/electric/induction cooktop and electric oven.
- Front Load Washers – Uses less water, less soap, and they are less likely ruin or tear delicate clothing. Require more maintenance for the door seal and bellows.
- Top Load Washers – Typically made larger and to hold more clothing, these washers don’t rely upon a door seal and usually require less maintenance.
- Dryers – Fast and efficient, these cut down the time it takes to dry clothing. They can be either gas or electric. There are many types of dryers, but Tumbler dryers are the most widely used in consumer homes.
- AC Units
GE has had many appliance recalls, though a majority of the time it was something they caught shortly after putting them on the market (and preventing any major mishaps or damages to consumers). A few of these include:
- A front load washer, for its basket seam separating during the final spin cycle (and possibly breaching the top panel of the unit).
- A dishwasher model, for electrical failure in the unit’s heating element.
- A Monogram range top model, for delayed ignition, causing the gas to run for an extended period of time before finally igniting which could possibly cause a fire (none were reported).
- A wall oven model, for some doors not being properly re-attached during installation.
In all cases, GE has offered free repair and inspection on their units. Despite this, you don’t want to wait for a recall to be announced if you are experiencing any issues with your appliance. It’s important to take not of anything out of the ordinary, such as:
- Extreme shaking/noises
- Unit not draining
- Unit not spinning (washers & dryers)
- Failure to turn on
- Inability to choose cycles
- Not completing cycles
Why go with 180 Appliance Repair Services?
With General Electric being such a large and prominent company, its common problems and malfunctions are familiar to our trained technicians. For years our experts have been diagnosing and repairing GE appliances, and you can be sure that they will get to the root of the problem quickly and confidently. They have access to any part and component that would be necessary, thanks to us having the largest inventory in the industry. Our customer service agents are standing by to take your call 24/7, and promise to set you up with the most convenient appointment possible to work around your busy schedule. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, call the trusted 180 Appliance Repair Services now!