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The fridge wars. November 9, 2011

Posted by ourfriendben in homesteading, wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. Well, our friend Ben and I put up a good fight to save our old Frigidaire, which we’d bought used—our first fridge!—and which had taken good care of us and our perishables for the last 16 years. When it suddenly stopped keeping things cool a few weeks ago, we wanted to repair, not replace it.

We try to choose everything in our cottage home, Hawk’s Haven, because it appeals to us, and then we try to keep it forever. We would never replace something because it had “gone out of style” (whose style?!). We think classics are always in style, just like us (kidding), and we hate the wastefulness of tossing a perfectly good appliance if it can be repaired.

If, unfortunately, being the operative word. The unseasonable, disastrous snowstorm hit us the weekend before the fridge repair guy was due to arrive, and since they lost power as well as we did, we had to wait a week to discover our beloved old fridge’s fate. Meanwhile, we kept our perishables in the frigid mudroom and in a cooler on our deck. At least it was a great opportunity to clean out the fridge and freezer! We’ve been eating some rather eccentric meals recently, trying to use up as many perishables as possible.

At last, our fridge repair guy arrived—the first time anybody’d had to come look at our fridge in 16 years. One look at the cooling panel in the freezer, though, and he told us it was all over. Unless we wanted to pay $600 to $800 for parts, not including labor, to get the old fridge up and running. We’d been out pricing new fridges, and knew that we could get one the same size for $432 (plus installation, tax, and takeaway). Even we had to admit that it was crazy to pay more to restore our old fridge than buy a new one.

Sob! Goodbye, Frigidaire, our old friend! Thanks for your many years of uncomplaining, faithful service. We’ll miss you.

Meanwhile, as of 7:15 a.m. this morning, we have a new fridge. Unlike our Frigidaire, it has no personality of its own. But it has gained considerable personality courtesy of our numerous refrigerator magnets, featuring quotes by our heroes, places we’ve been, things we love: in short, a snapshot of our entire life together. Also to the point, it’s working.

Yes, we lost the fridge wars. This morning, we said goodbye to an old friend, and we’re still mourning. Our new fridge will never have the personality of our God-knows-how-old model. But we hope that 16 years from now, we can look back and say “This fridge has never given us a day’s trouble!”

                 ‘Til next time,




1. GrafixMuse - November 10, 2011

Your new refrigerator will soon gain some personality. I recently had to replace the refrigerator that was here when I purchased this home. I had adjusted to the eccentric quirks of the old fridge including loud sounds it made and the missing retainer bar on one of the shelves in the door (we strung a wire across to keep the contents on the shelf). However, when it stopped functioning, we replaced it rather than repair it for the same reasons. The new model makes some different sounds, but it has more room, is much quieter, and is more efficient.

I hope you are pleased with your new fridge and it provides you with years of service.

Thanks, GrafixMuse! Glad yours is working out so well! (We’d duct-taped one of our retainer bars on the old fridge…)

2. Steve Sturtz - November 14, 2011

RIP!…Gosh I like how you think!

Any advice on washer and drier replacement?

RIP indeed, Steve! We need to replace our dryer-over-washer as well, since the dryer part has died, but the expense of one of these units is prohibitive, way higher than a pair of side-by-side washer-dryer units. (GRRRR…) If you need new washer/dryer units and can buy side-by-side models, try to find a place that sells scratch-and-dent or reconditioned models for way below retail. Or contact your friends and see if any of them are upgrading and need to ditch their old models! Good luck, and let us know how you fare.

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