4 Ways to Find Out How Old Your Kenmore Refrigerator Is

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In some circumstances, knowing how old your Kenmore refrigerator is can be helpful – this could be for maintenance, servicing, or if you’re considering whether to fix versus replace. 

In most cases, the best way is via the serial number. In the case of Kenmore products, this can be difficult as refrigerators are manufactured by third-party suppliers. 

Therefore, you’ll need to ascertain which manufacturer produced the fridge and then check their information using the serial number. 

Don’t worry though, here’s our comprehensive guide for finding out how old your Kenmore refrigerator is!  

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How to find a Kenmore Refrigerator Serial Number

The product’s manual should confirm where the serial number is located. 

However, common places include the fresh food compartment near the floor, inside the doors, and in the corner points (inside or out). 

It’s usually on a sticker or metal plate and will usually be a combination of 2 letters followed by 6 numbers.

What to Do If You Can’t Find the Serial Number?

If you can’t find the serial number, ask someone else to look for you. It may seem obvious, but a second pair of eyes might be able to find it hiding in plain sight.  

4 Methods for Finding Out How Old Your Kenmore Refrigerator Is

1. Use the Refrigerator’s Serial Number

With Kenmore fridges, General Electric is the most popular manufacturer of their appliances. Their most common system uses a system with two letters at the start of their serial numbers to indicate the year of manufacture. 

Where there are two letters, the first letter refers to the month and the second letter to the year. For single letter prefixes, it refers to only the year.

It does depend on the end manufacturer of your Kenmore refrigerator as to the serial number format they use, but here is an explanation of the most common methods. 

If your model isn’t explained here, skip to the bottom of the article, where there are more model numbers and manufacturers. 

Model No. 103**Manufacturer – Roper
First Letter (Month)First Number (Year)
A – January0 = 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2020
B – February 1 = 1991, 2001, 2011 or 2021
C – March 2 = 1992, 2002, 2012 or 2022
D – April 3 = 1993, 2003, 2013 or 2023
E – May 4 = 1994, 2004, 2014 or 2024
F – June 5 = 1995, 2005 or 2015
G – July 6 = 1996, 2006 or 2016
H – August7 = 1997, 2007 or 2017
J – September 8 = 1998, 2008 or 2018
K – October 9 = 1999, 2009 or 2019
L – November 
M – December 

NB: If you want more detail, there’s a handy tool here.

Model No. 106** or 110**Manufacturer – Whirlpool
3rd last letter of model numberYear
A1993 or 2012
B1994 or 2013
D1995 or 2014
E1996 or 2015
F1997 or 2016
G1998 or 2017
H1999 or 2018
J2000 or 2019
K1982 or 2001 or 2020
L1983 or 2002 or 2021
M1984 or 2003 or 2022
P1985 or 2004 or 2023
R1986 or 2005
S1987 or 2006
T1988 or 2007
V1989 or 2008
W1990 or 2009
X1991 or 2010
Y1992 or 2011
Model No. 155**Manufacturer – Roper
Same as Model No 103**
Model No. 198**Manufacturer – Whirlpool
Same as Model No 106**
Model No. 253**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or Gibson)
First Two LettersFirst Number (Year)2nd & 3rd Numbers (Week)
Place of manufactureLast number of year (0-9) 1 = 2001 or 2011 or 2021 2 = 2002 or 2012 or 2022 etcWeek of the year (01 – 52)
Model No. 278**Manufacturer – Roper
Same as Model No 103**
Model No. 362 ** or 363**Manufacturer – GE
LetterFirst Letter (Month)Second Letter (Year)
AJanuary1989 or 2001
DFebruary1978, 1990, 2002 & 2014
FMarch1979, 1991, 2003 & 2015
GApril1980, 1992, 2004 & 2016
HMay1981, 1993, 2005 & 2017
LJune1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 & 2018
MJuly1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 & 2019
RAugust1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 & 2020
SSeptember1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 & 2021
TOctober1974, 1986, 1998, 2010 & 2022
VNovember1975, 1987, 1999, 2011 & 2023
ZDecember1976, 1988, 2000 & 2012
Model No. 417**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or Kelvinator)
Same as Model No 253**

Model No. 562**Manufacturer – Toshiba
1st and 2nd Numbers (Month)3rd Number (Year) 
01 – January0 = 1990, 2000, 2010 or 2020
02 – February 1 = 1991, 2001, 2011 or 2021
03 – March 2 = 1992, 2002, 2012 or 2022
04 – April 3 = 1993, 2003, 2013 or 2023
05 – May4 = 1994, 2004, 2014 or 2024
06 – June5 = 1995, 2005 or 2015
07 – July6 = 1996, 2006 or 2016
08 – August 7 = 1997, 2007 or 2017
09 – September8 = 1998, 2008 or 2018
10 – October 9 = 1999, 2009 or 2019
11 – November 
12 – December 

NB: If the above doesn’t look right, check the Whirlpool standards (Model No. 106**)

Model No. 596**Manufacturer – Amana
1st and 2nd Numbers3rd and 4th Numbers
Last 2 numbers of year ie. 99 = 1999, 21 = 2021 Week of the year ie. 01 = first week, 52 = 52nd week
Model No. 628**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or Kelvinator)
Same as Model No 253**

Model No. 647**Manufacturer – Roper
Same as Model No 103**

Model No. 662**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or Kelvinator)
Same as Model No 253**

Model No. 665**Manufacturer – Whirlpool
Same as Model No 106**
Model No. 790**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or WCI)
Same as Model No 253**

Model No. 791**Manufacturer – Frigidaire(or Tappan)
Same as Model No 253**

Model No. 835**Manufacturer – Roper
Same as Model No 103**
Model No. 911**Manufacturer – Roper
Same as Model No 103**
Model No. 925**Manufacturer – Maytag 
Because Maytag was merged with Whirlpool in 2016, it’s hard to tell via serial number. Howver, there’s a handy tool here which will help there’s a handy tool here.

2. The Product Manual

The product manual may seem an unlikely place to discover when your Kenmore refrigerator was produced. 

However, since many serial number identifiers include several possible years of manufacture rather than nailing it down to just one – you’ll often need to correlate multiple reference points to be more certain.

Many printed or PDF versions of a product manual include the date that they produced the manual. It follows that they made the manual around the time that the product was first introduced in the marketplace. Usually, the same year or the year prior. 

This is less accurate when the same model has been available for multiple years. Nevertheless, few refrigerator models are on the market for more than 5-10 years; typically, they’re replaced with updated and more efficient models. 

3. Make and Model Look-Up

Performing a search for the model number on the manufacturer’s website often brings up a page about the product, including when the model was available, a link to the manual, and warranty information. 

Once you have the model number to hand, search here on Kenmore’s site.

4. Get in Touch With Kenmore

If you’re really stuck, the Kenmore website has various ways to reach out to get more information about your fridge appliance.

The customer Services department no doubt has this information at their fingertips. 

Typical Lifespan of a Kenmore Refrigerator

When considering the likely age of a Kenmore refrigerator and reference information derived from serial numbers and manufacturer data, the typical lifespan of refrigerators becomes relevant. 

For example, while GE often lists 5-6 possible manufacturing years based on the second letter from the prefix on a serial number, most are ignorable. 

Anecdotally, there are certainly Kenmore and other brands of refrigerators that have survived 30 years and even fifty years. Stories abound of a grandmother who had an old refrigerator that hadn’t been replaced for decades and was still in working order… 

Therefore, if you’re dealing with an inherited refrigerator that, by its design, appears ancient or antiquated, then do not discount that it could be older. 

This is rare though, because, at a certain stage, the repeated repair expenses related to old appliances of any kind accumulate to more than the replacement cost. 

Who Manufactured My Kenmore Refrigerator?

My Model Number Starts With..Manufacturer
143Sanyo/Fisher of SFS Corporation
253Frigidaire (Gibson)
417Frigidaire (Kelvinator)
484Whirlpool (Fedders)
562Toshiba (or Whirlpool)
580LG (Goldstar) 
587Frigidaire (DM)
622Frigidaire (Kelvinator)
628Frigidaire (Kelvinator)
629Jenn Air
C646Admiral (Inglis)
651Speed Queen
719Frigidaire (Tappan)
721LG (Goldstar)
757Marvel, Imperial
790Frigidaire (WCI)
791Frigidaire (Tappan)
C880Admiral (Inglis)
911Whirlpool (Roper)
917Whirlpool (Roper)
925Maytag (Maycor)
C933Kelvinator – pre 1970
C970 Kelvinator – post 1970

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