Bosch is one of the world’s leading appliance makers, with decades in the industry and millions of satisfied customers around the world. Bosch makes a fantastic line of fridge freezers, which you can learn more about here.
It’s a great time for the Bosch refrigerator line. For a long time, Bosch offered only built in refrigerators, and gave its manufacturing to other companies and countries. But the company has recently made in-house refrigerator building a priority and has come out with its own freestanding counter-depth refrigerators, manufactured internally.
Bosch has a reputation for creating some of the world’s best appliances. With the release of its new refrigerators, Bosch has taken things to an entirely new level. If you’ve gotten your family a Bosch fridge freezer, congratulations! You’re the owner of one of the best and most dependable kitchen appliances in the world.
How long will my Bosch fridge freezer last?
Great question! If you’ve made the investment to get a brand-new fridge freezer from Bosch, it’s definitely in your interest to protect it as long as you possibly can.
Fridge freezers will generally arrive with a warranty of multiple years. Bosch models are offered with up to a 5-year warranty, depending on the model. However, you can reasonably expect your fridge freezer to last a good bit longer than that timeframe.
Fridge freezers typically last up to 15 years before needing to be replaced. If you take proper care of your appliance, you should generally be able to hold onto it for more than 10 years.
Bosch products are clearly made to last a long time. But, like everything in life, they have their limits. Different parts of the fridge freezer can break down over time, needing replacements. And replacing a part can be a pain, especially when you don’t know where to start.
The first thing you need: your model number
Unless you’re a certified refrigerator repair technician with all of the tools you need waiting in your basement or shed, you’ll need to call a repair service, or Bosch itself, if you’re in a situation in which you need to make a repair or replace a part (or worse, return your fridge freezer for a new model entirely, assuming it’s under warranty).
In this relatively stressful phone call (depending on your personality), the first item of information you’ll need to share with the expert on the other end of the call is the fridge freezer’s model number.
Without this item, you’ll be flying blind, as the expert won’t be able to tell which Bosch fridge freezer you have. And, they’re probably not going to drive to your house to get this information… unless they’re a close friend!
Even then, it would be best if you knew how to find the model number on your own.
Are the model number and the serial number the same?
The short answer is, “no”! It’s very easy to get the model number and serial numbers confused when it comes to refrigerators, but they are two different numbers that refer to two completely different things.
Usually, on the refrigerator label we’ll talk about in just a bit, the model number will explicitly use the word “model” next to the number, while the serial number will use the word “serial” next to its number, to make them easy to distinguish.
Also, as a general rule of thumb, serial numbers are usually longer than model numbers. The reason for this is that a model number represents a certain type of fridge freezer, and there aren’t as many types, while a serial number represents your exact model only, out of thousands or millions.
So, it would make sense that there would be more serial numbers than model numbers, and thus the numbers would themselves be longer!
So, how do I find the model number?
The model number on your Bosch appliance will appear on a thin metal plate inside your fridge freezer, typically in black-and-white lettering.
The model number is usually located on a label on the inside of the appliance, and you should be able to access it when you pull out the bottom drawer.
Here’s an image Bosch provides on its website to indicate exactly where to find your fridge freezer model number:
Why does my model number have so many seemingly random letters and numbers?
This is a great question! With not many new models being made each year, why does the model number have so much detail?
When the model is built, these particular letters/numbers are put on the appliance rating plate and model registration card. These letters/numbers identify manufacturing-specific data when the appliance is created.
If there’s a situation where service or parts are needed, then numbers are used as a means to identify the specific appliance.
I’ve heard of an E-NR number. Is this different from my model number?
The short answer is, “no.” The E-NR number and model number for your Bosch fridge freezer are one in the same. This number is not to be confused with the production number, or the “FD” number, or the serial number.
What are some examples of Bosch fridge freezer model numbers?
These numbers might not mean anything significant when you first see them:
Store SKU #1004605611
Store SO SKU #1004532867
But these numbers represent one of Bosch’s best fridge freezers, sold at a store in the Denver area. The model number is a ten-digit number representing the 800 Series 36 in. 21 cu. ft. French 3 Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel with Dual Compressor, Counter Depth, specifically sold at Home Depot.
Another example of a fridge freezer model number for a unit in stock is the 500 Series 36 in. 21.6 cu. ft. French Door Refrigerator in Stainless Steel with Fastest Ice Maker, Counter Depth, another unit sold at the same Home Depot with these specifications:
Store SKU #1005859901
Store SO SKU #1005842383
As you can see, the model number for this unit is also ten digits.