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Old 09-10-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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When is a deal not a deal?

It's when the new fridge you got from a renovation dies a few months after you got it.

My old fridge died and I thought I'd found a replacement in the nick of time.

It was the same size and color. Essentially it was the same fridge just a different brand name stuck on it.

Well it's kicking the bucket as we speak.

It still keeps the freezer cold enough to keep what I have frozen safe but it runs constantly and refrigerator temp is up.

I can get another one from a client getting rid of one but the timing is questionable.
Mine might be dead before they want to part with it.

So to lessen my stress level about losing all I have in the freezer and not wanting another that might only last a few months I got off my ass and bought a brand new one.

I went to Sears and this is what I got.

http://www.sears.com/kenmore-25.4-cu-ft-side-by-side-refrigerator/p-04650022000P





I looked at the bottom freezers but I'm used to the side by side so I stuck with that.
Seems that digging through the contents of a chest freezer won't fit the way I live.

One day I'll get a small chest freezer to fill my needs and have for times like these when the risk of losing the contents is right there. But as of now every penny counts.
Keeping things not used very often or what I have an abundance of would work well in a chest freezer.

I also did something I never do.
I bought an extended warranty. I've heard so many negative reviews about modern appliances it seemed worth it.
Plus I get to have someone come out and clean the coils & such once a year at no cost.

The other reason I went to Sears is that they could deliver it sooner then others could and they haul away the old one.
It's a second floor delivery and as this is a monster I count that as a plus.
20 years ago when I was young and stupid I managed to get the old beast upstairs myself.
Now that I'm old and stupid I'll leave that task to those with better backs then mine.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope that the old gal can keep it's contents frozen until Monday when the new gal takes her place.

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Old 09-10-2016, 11:51 AM   #2
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I looked at the bottom freezers but I'm used to the side by side so I stuck with that.
Seems that digging through the contents of a chest freezer won't fit the way I live.
I used to have a side by each, but when I bought a new one I got a top freezer because a frozen pizza will not lay flat in a side-by-side.
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Old 09-10-2016, 11:57 AM   #3
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I will never have a side by side; I have a French-door fridge. I like to be able to put a sheet pan in the fridge for seasoning a rack of ribs, or holding variety of veggies to be grilled, etc. And I love the drawer that is the width of the fridge for storing meats on one side and cheese on the other. The center divider is easy to adjust, so if I have more of one or the other, I just slide the divider accordingly.

We also have a small freezer and we kept the old top-freezer fridge after we renovated the kitchen several years ago. Lots of freezer space here!

But congrats on your new purchase! I hope you love it
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:21 PM   #4
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When is a deal not a deal?

Congrats on your new purchase, Zagut! They just don't make them like they used to.

We replaced our old one with a French door style with the freezer drawer on the bottom. I hate it. I miss my old side by side. The thing is possessed. I can't find anything in the freezer drawer without digging. The light randomly determines when it wants to light up, most of the time I'm finding stuff by Braille. The door alarm goes off whenever it feels like it, even though all doors are completely shut. It feels free to vomit ice cubes all over the floor, instead of in the glass (at least Beagle gets nicely chilled water in her bowl.)
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Old 09-10-2016, 12:58 PM   #5
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I had that problem with my 10 yr old fridge where the freezer worked and the rest of the fridge did not stay cold. After watching a bunch of how-to Youtube videos I replaced a thermostat (under $10 from Amazon) behind the freezer panel and that took care of the huge ice build-up problem behind the panel which was preventing cold air from entering the main compartment.
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Old 09-10-2016, 01:23 PM   #6
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I wish you much better luck with the new fridge. I have a french door fridge and don't care for the configuration. Bending over the freezer and digging for something you know is in there somewhere is not my idea of fun. I'd go back to the top freezer style in an instant.
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Old 09-10-2016, 04:04 PM   #7
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I love my bottom freezer, but it's sure a lot easier on my back with my kitchen chair.

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Old 09-10-2016, 05:42 PM   #8
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I try to keep my frozen food organized in my various freezers: the one in the kitchen has breads, doughs, nuts, seeds, zest, homemade or grown veggie items, and store-bought frozen veggies. Meats, stock, salsas and cooked leftovers are in the top freezer in the sun room and other stuff is in the small freezer.

I really need to do an inventory and see what all I have. Then I can make a plan for using it up. During the summer, though, it's really hard to resist fresh vegetables from the farmers markets.
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Old 09-10-2016, 06:15 PM   #9
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I had to get a new fridge once and I still can't figure out how I did it. I had to drive 20 miles to leave my truck and get my friend's truck (because his didn't have a camper on the back), then drive 20 miles back to the store (fortunately, they helped put the fridge in the back of the truck), drive to my house, unload the fridge from the back of the truck myself and bring it all the way down the driveway and into the kitchen, then drive the truck back to its owner, pick mine up, and then drive home again. Then like a fool, I left the fridge behind when I moved because of course, every place you rent comes with a fridge. Except the one place I managed to find to rent came with a 1940s fridge that wasn't frost free!

They sure don't make appliances like they used to! I also bought a small washing machine about 1983 (delivered - I was getting smarter by that time) and I used it up till 2005. Then I moved and gave it to a neighbor. He's still using it, from what I hear.

CG, I just went to the FM last Thursday afternoon. I spent $26 and got corn, cherry tomatoes, 2 pints each of strawberries and blueberries, and 8 peaches. It's now Saturday and I have 2 peaches, 1 pint of blueberries, 2 ears of corn, and the tomatoes left, although at the rate I'm eating the tomatoes, I won't have any tomatoes left to put on the chicken tonight. And I'm going to be eating the rest of the blueberries in just a few minutes.

I could turn into a fruititarian (with corn) if I could do this every week. And it's not just that I can't afford to eat like this all week. It's that when I get this stuff, I inhale it like junkies inhale cocaine. I've never been able to make a berry pie or anything because I never get tired enough of plain berries that I want to do something different with them.
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I wish you much better luck with the new fridge. I have a french door fridge and don't care for the configuration. Bending over the freezer and digging for something you know is in there somewhere is not my idea of fun. I'd go back to the top freezer style in an instant.
We have a side by side and I much prefer it. I've owned top freezer, bottom freezer and side by side, and the third one is by far the easiest to use. We looked at the French door ones and really couldn't see the point.
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