How to Interpret a GE Appliance Model Number

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Tip

The code repeats every 12 years, so you may have to use your knowledge about kitchen styles to precisely date your appliance. For example, and avocado colored stove is more likely to have been manufactured in the 60s or 70s rather than the 80s or 90s.

General Electric (GE) is a manufacturer of household appliances including: refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers and stoves. Affixed to each appliance is a serial number plate which can give you information about the age of the appliance. The location of the serial number differs according to the appliance, but you can generally find it on the back or inside of a door or drawer. The serial number is comprised of two letters and six digits. The first two letters give you information about the month and year of manufacture.

Step 1

Locate the serial number on your appliance.

Step 2

Identify the month the appliance was manufactured. The month is the first letter of the serial number: A=January; D=February; F=March; G=April; H=May; L=June; M=July; R=August; S=September; T=October; V=November; Z=December.

Step 3

Identify the year the appliance was made. The year is the second letter of the serial number: A=2001, 1989, 1977, 1944; B=1945; C=1946; D=2002, 1990, 1978, 1947; E=1969, 1948; F=2003, 1991, 1979, 1949; G=2004, 1992, 1980, 1950; H=2005, 1993, 1981, 1951; J=1952; K=1953; L=2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1954; M=2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1955; N=1972, 1956; P=1973, 1957; R=2008, 1996, 1984, 1958; S=2009, 1997, 1985, 1959; T=2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1960; V=1999, 1987, 1975; Z=2000, 1988, 1976; AY=1965; BZ=1966; CA=1967; DB=1968; VU=1961; WV=1962; XW=1963; YX=1964.

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