Thursday, March 10, 2005


A month ago, the ice cream was getting soft in the freezer and Mike and I accused each other of leaving the door ajar. Two days ago, Mike mentioned that the freezer, even with the door closed, wasn’t freezing. I suggested that the temperature knob had been inadvertently turned down. We turned it to “coldest.” Last night, I reached into the freezer and noticed that the air inside was close to room temperature. The ice cube trays held liquid water. The freezer is officially dead. The refrigerator portion of the unit is not long behind. It used to freeze our milk, now it is just barely keeping the milk from spoiling.

It’s currently only 22 degrees outside. I read about a family in Canada that turns off its refrigerator each winter and stores perishables outside. I suppose we could do that for another month of so, but spring will come eventually.

According to the home warranty brochure I found in our files, the refrigerator is covered by the policy. However, upon calling the insurance agency, I discovered that our actual policy (which I could not find this morning) does not cover this appliance. The fridge was an “option,” that we did not select.

I don’t have any great love for the refrigerator. It’s the wrong color and it is much too big. Once I’ve cleaned out the moldy leftovers, the remaining refrigerated items look lost in the space. Mike only reaches into the fridge for Kool-aid or string cheese. I need it for milk and dinner items (and hotdogs!). The condiments occupy more of the space than our consumables.

So, should we have someone come look at the refrigerator (I believe service calls alone start at $50) or just buy a new one? My wild buy-buy-buy half is warring with my more thrifty half. Fixing the existing refrigerator is the least expensive option. However, a new, smaller, white fridge will give us more kitchen space, coordinate with the décor, and possibly reduce energy consumption (although I doubt we’ll live with it long enough to realize much of a savings). Can you tell I’m in the process of talking myself into a new refrigerator?


Blogger Jess said...

Actually, fixing the fridge may not be cheaper than buying a new one, especially if the repairman charges a service fee in addition to the repair. I was very surprised at how cheap refrigerators were when Doug and I replaced our 1960s model in November. Well, the non side-by-side fridges, that is. They were costly.

Have you priced any yet? You might be pleasently surprised.

Also, a newer fridge will use less energy of course, and be cheaper in the long run that way.

11:38 AM  
Blogger Faster Pussycat said...

A new fridge will pay for itself in 2 years, ballpark, in energy savings. It's just not worth it to limp along. My parents kept fixing the same fridge they'd had since i was born (literally, 30 years ago) because my dad was handy like that and the parts were cheap. But the $75 they spent on parts to keep it running comparing to how much it cost to actually RUN it means it would have been cheaper to buy an energy star appliance long ago.
I know it sucks to spend money on appliances when you're renovating, and hadn't budgeted for it, but don't be penny wise and pound foolish. Plus it's better for the environment to use less electric. Did you know electricity is the most polluting industry out there? Sorry, rant over. Good luck!

2:30 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

No loss on the home warranty. I called ours to fix our washing machine when it broke shortly after moving in. Ten attempted fixes in four-hour windows later, I called and screamed at the warranty company, who only gave us the remaining money AFTER paying the repairman for 10 attempted fixes. C'mon. That's just lame.

Ditto on not bothering with the repairman who charges a ton. Just make sure you get free delivery on a new fridge if you get one, as they can get you with those charges.

You will LOVE a new fridge. Get the kind with the freezer on the bottom -- it will change your life.

4:21 PM  

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