Yesterday afternoon and I noticed that the food inside our refrigerator was not as cold as it should be. And of course it was weekend which means you cannot reach any repair service until Monday morning. And of course, we usually go grocery shopping on weekends – which means the fridge was full of fresh veggies, yogurts, milk, deli meat, eggs, and other goodies. How (not) nice it would be if all this goes bad early before we can use it?! Not fun. Fortunately the freezer compartment was still going strong as otherwise this would have really been a disaster.
The fridge is not even 4 years old and it was not cheap when we bought it. Way too early for such an appliance to go out, but my wife reminded me that her co-workers always said that newer appliances and electronic devices are not built to last very long these. Well, wasn’t that the reason that we had bought a high-quality appliance from a good vendor (Whirlpool Gold)?
I went downstairs to get the 2 camping coolers out and started moving items from the fridge into the coolers and then loaded ice on top of it. I also drove to King Soopers to buy 2 additional Styrofoam coolers for additional storage capacity. I felt robbed when I left the store. This must be one of those items that costs les than 50 cents to make, but they can sell it with almost 2,000% markup. At the same token, my wife had brought 2 bags of ice from the store just a bit earlier which are used to keep things cool. I also noticed a lot of ice built up inside the freezer compartment at the back wall. Apparently that is not a good sign. I did clean out as much as possible to see if that makes a difference. I also pulled the fridge out and cleaned it to make sure there is enough air flow going.
Then I went online and I found some technical information online about how to check the fridge and to see which part is broken. There was also described how to force a defrost. I executed those steps, but initially it did not make a difference. Later that night I checked on the fridge again and the remaining items are ice cold. Something came back to life.
When I got up at 4.00 Am this morning I checked the fridge again and it was still cold. Hm, what now? I decided to empty the Styrofoam coolers and to put that stuff they were holding back into the fridge. My thinking is to ride it out and see if it stays cool now and to save $100 just for the diagnosis from a repair shop. We have 5 days week days ahead of us, so if it goes out again we can call the same the day and get somebody scheduled to come out the next day.
Anyone know why it is that refrigerators decide to go out on weekends and after being fully stocked with food?