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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wondering why the refrigerator is on the skids.

The night before last I noticed that my ice cream was on the soft side but just figured since I had purchased it early that afternoon, it didn't have a chance to get hard after being in the shopping cart and then the back of the Jeep for the ride home.  Last night I had to admit that there was something wrong.  We have a side by side and the freezer side is usually around zero to ten degrees and the fresh food side around 37 to 42 degrees.  I put a thermometer in it and found the freezer side to be only a few degrees below freezing and the fresh food side to be around 50 degrees.  It was time to empty it out.

Using a big black cloth bag, we first unloaded the freezer and I lugged the heavy bag (five trips) out to the RV and put it into the freezer out there.  The RV's refrigerator has four doors.  The two lower side by side doors open to one large refrigerator with racks and drawers.  The two top side by side doors open into two separate freezer compartments.  Why, I don't know, but it does make it easier to find stuff in it.  One side has an ice maker, which we don't use.  We were thankful that we had such a big refrigerator in the RV to use for this small emergency.  Now the decision to repair or replace the one in the house will have to be made.  My memory is not too good, so can't remember just how long ago it was, but this happened before and we had a repair man come out and fix it.  It is over 20 years old, so maybe it would be better to replace it and not have to worry about it anymore.  Of course I have heard of new ones letting you down, too.  Guess we will be shopping for refrigerators today.  Now, you all have yourselves a great day, you hear?

Update:  My wife and I went shopping for a new refrigerator today.  After stopping at three of the big stores, like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Best Buy, we stopped at a small shop owned and manned by two pardners.  We purchased our last washer and dryer from them and liked their service and again we decided to purchase our appliance from them.  It will be delivered tomorrow.  I really didn't want to do that, but we had to have a place to keep things cold and/or frozen.  Can't keep running out to the RV for food.

Correction:  I stated above that the old refrigerator was over 20 years old.  That was a mistake.  I meant to type 12 years old.


  1. Our last refrigerator lasted 10 years, compressor went. I thought that was to soon. When I was a kid it seemed like they last forever.

  2. The new ones are much more energy efficient. It will probably make a noticable drop in your electric bill.

    That RV makes a nice complete back up house.

  3. Both my mom and my mother-in-law had old refrigerators that lasted for years. My mother-in-law's was still working well when they sold the house after 50 years.

    Sixbears, hope you are right on that.

  4. Yep, new ones aren't made to last, but are energy efficient

  5. My last refrigerator lasted about 12 years. I had a freezer in the cellar too which only lasted 10 years. I'm told that nowadays we can only expect them to last 10 years.

  6. I might suspect that the thermostat has went TU. Next best guess would be it is low on gas, which a lot of the time can be bad news on a side by side. There is a line which runs up under the door seal between the two doors that is sometimes prone to problems. If that be the case might as well start shopping. Trouble these days is that all are made exterior to the USA. Don't get me started on that topic lol !

  7. Trouble, the salesman even told me that and he said I was real lucky to get 12 years out of it, that 10 is about all they are built for.

    Jill, yep, that is what the salesman told me.

    Spud, getting one delivered in the morning. GE, made in Tennessee. I did a project for GE nuclear and was impressed with them.

    1. That would be assembled in the USA, manufactured elsewhere. Though having worked on numerous AC's and fridges, I have to agree that the GE's seem to be among the better stuff out there.

      Why worry too much tho.? The world is ending in two weeks...The new one is sure to last that long lol

  8. I am glad you bought from a small business versus the big box stores.

    If things fail I prefer replacing them versus fixing them...I guess that is why our washing machine is still broken...mother prefers to get things fixed :(

  9. My fridge is ready to crap out, and I'm noticing my ice cream isn't frozen as hard as it usually is. Dang, I hate to have to spend money on a fridge right now. That's traveling money I'll have to dig into.