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Old 01-23-2016, 05:15 PM   #1
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Refrigerator Hate

Yes, that's right. The fridge quit fridging Thursday as far as I can guess, and I discovered it Friday evening when I started to fix dinner and the frozen french fries weren't. Frozen that is. I checked the icemaker and it was half full of liquid ice.... also known as water. Some of the stuff toward the back was still frozen, or at least frosty, so I immediately started transferring to the freezer in the garage. Everything that was relatively fragile in the fresh side was already beyond safety. Some things like condiments and salad dressings the like were still cool, so I moved them out to a shelf in the garage (the only good thing about it being winter). I tossed 4 kitchen can size bags of stuff out.

Today (Saturday) I headed to Home Depot and bought a new fridge. The next time you hear from me I may be divorced. I was unable to consult with She Who Must be Obeyed before making the purchase (She is currently in Thailand on a 2 week scuba diving trip and out of touch until next Friday). I did get approval from her father, and she almost always agrees with him, so maybe I'm safe. A prayer wouldn't hurt.

Anyway the new one comes on Tuesday, so I'm eating from the freezer, cupboard/pantry, and restaurant until then.
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:18 PM   #2
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Argh. That's a pain. Sorry you lost all that food. I'm sure everything will be fine when your wife gets back
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:26 PM   #3
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Maybe she won't notice if you don't mention it. Good Luck
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Old 01-23-2016, 05:30 PM   #4
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Maybe she won't notice if you don't mention it. Good Luck
The old one was white and the new one is slate. I haven't got a chance.
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Old 01-23-2016, 06:52 PM   #5
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I'm sorry to hear you lost so much food, RP. Hopefully SWMBO will understand you had to do what you had to do. I'd love to come home to a brand new slate fridge.
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:22 PM   #6
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We had a similar incident a few months back.
The new fridge is only a few years old, and relatively expensive.
So when I opened it, and saw the light off, then opened the freezer, with no light and signs of melting, needless to say I wasn't very happy.
Its under warranty, but still a pain in the butt to deal with.
Suddenly , I had the idea ' what if its not the fridge, but the outlet it is plugged in to'.
So i slid the fridge out, unplugged it, and then plugged a working lamp into the outlet. Didn't work!
Plugged the fridge into a different outlet, worked !!.

Called the electrician. $125 later, problem solved.

Luckily we didn't lose and food, but did transfer everything to the fridge / freezer in the garage.

The most important thing, is this was the first REAL cleaning the fridge got in about 3 years. Its amazing how much crap we accumulated. After tossing what we didn't need, and only putting back what we do use, it amazes me how empty and clean the fridge looks now.

At first, I thought it was a fluke, but its been a few months already, and the fridge is still relatively empty and uncluttered.

Good luck with the new fridge
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Old 01-23-2016, 07:50 PM   #7
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We had a similar incident a few months back.
The new fridge is only a few years old, and relatively expensive.
So when I opened it, and saw the light off, then opened the freezer, with no light and signs of melting, needless to say I wasn't very happy.
Its under warranty, but still a pain in the butt to deal with.
Suddenly , I had the idea ' what if its not the fridge, but the outlet it is plugged in to'.
So i slid the fridge out, unplugged it, and then plugged a working lamp into the outlet. Didn't work!
Plugged the fridge into a different outlet, worked !!.

Called the electrician. $125 later, problem solved.

Luckily we didn't lose and food, but did transfer everything to the fridge / freezer in the garage.

The most important thing, is this was the first REAL cleaning the fridge got in about 3 years. Its amazing how much crap we accumulated. After tossing what we didn't need, and only putting back what we do use, it amazes me how empty and clean the fridge looks now.

At first, I thought it was a fluke, but its been a few months already, and the fridge is still relatively empty and uncluttered.

Good luck with the new fridge
I have to admit that I found a few things that needed disposal anyway.

My problem was not the power though. Everything was working fine except that there was no cold. The compressor was dead, and that repair is typically about 1/3 the price of a new fridge. This refrigerator was 14 years old (I think it was original when the house was built in 2002 - we've only been using it for a little over a year), so not really worth putting that much investment into it.
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:10 PM   #8
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What brand and style Rick? I love the slate color and I bet she'll be thrilled!
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Old 01-23-2016, 09:22 PM   #9
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What brand and style Rick? I love the slate color and I bet she'll be thrilled!
It's a GE side by side, one step lower than the Adora line. I didn't have a lot of choice. All we have here is Sears and Home Depot, and the Sears store is pretty bad. I had to take something HD had in stock or wait 10 days for delivery. 90% of what they had were the newer style French doors and we hate a bottom freezer, so they were out of the question. Most of the rest were stainless, and my wife does not want that, so it wasn't an option either. As it is this one will barely fit in the spot where it has to go, with just 1/8" clearance on each side.
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The only appliance we couldn't get in the slate Adora Line was the fridge, but I'm happy with the black Maytag bottom freezer. You did good if she doesn't want stainless, I didn't either. You're safe.
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