Refrigerator Revenge

9 Sep

When I was negotiating with the former owners of my house, I drew a line, and that line was the refrigerator. You see, said former owners were lovely people – but they played hardball. Like nothing I’ve ever seen on HGTV, y’all. Negotiation…not so much. And, I would like to point out (as my father did many, many times), that at the time it was the ultimate buyer’s market. This couple, though, they didn’t care.

In order to feel like I had achieved something (after the rejection to pay closing costs, or to come off the price of the house another few thousand, etc.), I demanded the refrigerator. My realtor/friend Clay and I became pretty serious about this. We were getting that fridge. Come hell or high water, it would stay in that house. We needed a victory, and we got one! The refrigerator (side-by-side with water dispenser and ice maker – crushed and cubed, thank you very much) was part of the deal. Former owners = 99, Mandi = 1.

Things were going fine until I reached into my refrigerator for a Diet Coke and it was cool, not cold. What the heck, right? No worries, I just turned up that little dial in the fridge. It was only on 5, so I jacked that sucker up to 7. When that didn’t work (I waited a day, like the manual suggested), I read on to see what the other possible problems could be. The manual suggested I clean the coils, which would be super easy if they were not located UNDER the refrigerator that I can’t move. However, with the help of this cute guy I know, he lifted and I cleaned. We even unplugged the machine (also suggested in the manual), and plugged it back in. And then, I waited another 24 hours to let the clean coils do their thing. They did nothing.

So today, I’m calling a repairman. I feel defeated, especially as I notice other refrigerators, older refrigerators (like the one in our office building that has to be from 1980, whose coils are probably not only caked with 30 years of dirt, but also rust) and how they seem to work just fine.

I know this sounds paranoid, but I’m beginning to think the refrigerator somehow realized that I was a new owner (perhaps the previous owners didn’t eat as much greek olive hummus as I do?) didn’t like it, and just decided to quit.

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4 Responses to “Refrigerator Revenge”

  1. Krissee September 9, 2009 at 7:47 pm #

    Its probably a problem with the fan. We just went through a similar problem.

  2. Ben September 10, 2009 at 1:27 am #

    They just don't make things like they used to.

  3. Daniel September 10, 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    So glad that repairman Krissee is on the case.

  4. Mandi September 16, 2009 at 8:53 pm #

    Update:The freezer also stopped working before the repairman came. He informed that the freezer was "frozen solid" and I replied, "but, it isn't…cold?"Apparently, the device that tells the freezer to not build up mounds of ice "behind the scenes" is broken. When this happens, the cold air can't blow into either side. Instead of him fixing it for $300, he told me to order the part online and install it myself. If you don't hear from me for a while, I've been electrocuted.

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