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Apr 29, 2014 09:27 AM

I need a shabbat-mode fridge

Anyone know offhand what is problematic (if anything) about the GE Cafe Fridge's sabbath mode? I'm trying to understand why star-K doesn't certify it, and if it's a quick manual fix, or something that can't be remediated. In any case, other fridge recs that have a viable sabbath mode (preferably easy to use mode)?

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  1. Call or contact Star K, it is a technical compliance issue.

    1. What does shabbat mode do on a fridge? Turn off the light?

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      1. re: CloggieGirl

        You can check for Star-K's specifications for Shabbos Mode appliances to see what they do/don't do

        1. re: CloggieGirl

          Depends on the fridge. There are many processes triggered by opening and closing the doors these days, not just the lights.

        2. You should call Star-K and ask. They're very good about giving information on the phone.

          I love the "Holiday Mode" on my Kitchen-Aid. One button shuts the lights and the icemaker, No taping, no fuss, no loosening lightbulbs. I have friends who do tricks with magnets, but I'd be reluctant to do that as it could mess up the warranty. Someone I know was taping the buttons on her Sub Zero and ruined the compressor.
          I admit these things are a mystery to me so I'm happy to have a factory installed option.

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          1. re: helou

            Ditto. In my last house I had a Kitchenaid French door fridge that I loved. Shabbat mode turned off the lights and the water dispenser. Now I have an older GE and I just keep the lightbulbs out.

            The shelves and compartments on the Kitchenaid are delicate, or else my boys were more rowdy, but they actually managed to break the cover of the slide out "deli" drawer, which we used for dairy.

            With no boys at home I would buy that fridge again.

            1. re: SoCal Mother

              Kitchen Aid is owned and made by Whirlpool, who has Star-K approval.