Frigidaire began selling kitchen appliances with its first electric refrigerator model in 1916 under the name of the Guardian Frigerator Company. The company was bought by General Motors in 1918 and renamed Frigidaire. Following the acquisition by GM, Frigidaire's production facilities and methods were improved using mass production techniques.
For the first eight years of its operation, Frigidaire exclusively sold refrigerators as its sole product offering. In 1929, it expanded into related product categories by introducing the first chest-type food freezer and a room air conditioner. Frigidaire also celebrated the manufacture of its one millionth refrigerator that same year and began international sales.