Our house came with a refrigerator from the previous owner.
It kept our chillables cold and our freezables frozen. But there were a few problems with it.
- At 25 cubic feet of storage, it was simply way bigger than we needed.
- It had an ice maker that didn’t work. I’m sure it’s fixable, but manually filling ice trays solved this problem nicely.
- A layer of fuzzy frost would quickly form over our manually-filled iced trays and anything else in the freezer.
- The couple of times that we stored veggies in the bottom drawers in the fridge those also froze, even though the custom temperature settings for those drawers were on the warmest setting.
- As a proponent of simplicity whenever appropriate, I’d strongly prefer a fridge that is not connected to the water supply.
And then a week ago, I woke to discover a small puddle in the kitchen. The bottom of the refrigerated section was full of water. Whether this was melted frost or something else, I had no idea. Normally this would have been the time to investigate what was wrong with it or hire someone to come fix it, but my husband was unwilling to tolerate this fridge any longer and started telling me again about the fridges he’d seen recently at Fry’s Electronics and Home Depot. If I wanted a happy marriage, repair wouldn’t suffice this time.
So we started our homework on new fridges. Unfortunately, the less expensive (and therefore more appealing) ones he’d looked at actually weren’t Energy Star. (He thought all fridges were energy efficient these days, but sadly it’s not true.) Off the bat, we eliminated fridges that were over a thousand dollars, had a bunch of bad reviews, didn’t have the Energy Star rating, or were 15 cubic feet or larger. It’s amazing how quickly a huge number of choices will narrow down.
I ended up picking out this fridge–10 cubic feet of storage, two-thirds in the upper refrigerated section and one-third in the bottom freezer section with drawers.
After browsing various shopping sites, I found one with a few floor models of this refrigerator for sale–the perfect option for the reluctant consumer who hoped at least for “not new”. Better yet, we would save over a hundred dollars. Unfortunately, this option fell through because the only shipping method would take about 3 weeks and that wait time was not acceptable.
Just a few days later, we had a brand spanking new fridge. It came wrapped in plastic with a huge cardboard box, several large plastic foam blocks, plastic film over all every drawer to protect it, and tons of tape to keep each bit of film and anything else secured. We carefully removed all of the packaging piece by piece, managed to create a reusable roll of tape from the pieces painstackingly removed, and left the fridge doors open for a day to air out some of that new fridge smell. (Who would have thought that one day a new fridge, a new car, and a new pair of shoes could all smell so similar!)
After plugging it in and letting it pre-chill for a couple of hours, voila, here is our new fridge in action. It may not be glamorous, but it is absolutely everything we need in a fridge.
So, what to do with the old fridge? My hubby’s given up on it and wants to send it off to appliance recycling heaven as soon as possible to do with what they will (even if it means that it’ll actually end up in landfill). But I’ll be listing it on the free section of Craigslist. Fingers crossed that there’s someone out there that wants a fridge like this and would rather pay the smaller amount to get it fixed than to buy a new one.
This purchase may more than offset any of the greenish lifestyle changes that I’ve adopted in the past year, but it’s no reason to stop trying. It’s just a reason to love and care for this new fridge so it can serve us well for many, many years to come.