When we bought our house six years ago, we were so excited that it came with a fridge – a side-by-side, with water and ice. We thought we’d hit the jackpot. And then we actually lived with the fridge.
It was too big for our kitchen and the space it had. We only have one lower cabinet and because of the fridge we could only open the door halfway and it would always shut on you, it couldn’t stay open on it’s own. We only have two drawers in the kitchen, but have only ever used one, because the other would only open about two inches….because of the fridge. The fridge also had it’s limitations. We could only open the freezer about 3/4 of the way, the ice/water stopped working years ago and when we fixed it, it worked for week before it just started spraying water all over the freezer, so we turned it off and never used it again. We’ve been without ice for at least three years and we’ve recently started to miss it.
We’ve toyed with getting a new fridge for the last several years, but we’ve never mustered up the desire to spend the money on it. Plus, we really wanted a fancy one that just would’t work in the kitchen. So, last week when we noticed our fridge was as warm as the house and freezer was as cold as the fridge was supposed to be, it didn’t take long to realize getting a new fridge was in our best interest.
Before I came to the conclusion of getting a new fridge, I did research to identify the issue. I’m pretty sure it was having a defrost issue, but because it is a GE machine, it doesn’t have a timer, it is all worked into the Motherboard…so if that is what failed, oh gosh, I don’t even want to deal with it, we’ve been there, done that with GE. The next thing it could be we could fix for about $100 bucks, but again, no guarantee that we would have fixed the problem and we HATE the fridge. Plus, we had finally decided that we really just needed the simplest of simple refridgerators….top freezer, no water, white…you know the cheapest kind out there. So in the end the headache of keeping food cold while we waited to get a piece of crap fixed for half of what we could spend on a new one just didn’t sound like a good idea.
So we got a new fridge. We had to wait almost a week for it because we wanted it in white. Thank goodness we have a chest freezer and the freezer was working like a fridge, or I don’t know what we would have done. The new fridge is a bit taller than the old one and just as deep, but it’s a few inches smaller in width, which mean, I actually can open the cabinet almost all the way – so much easier for getting pans in and out – and the drawer now opens about six inches – enough to actually make it a functioning drawer. I was so happy yesterday! If you’ve cooked or done anything in my kitchen, you’ll understand how exciting this is.
The only challenge is Isaac can open this new fridge. And likes to slam it, making the freezer on top pop open. Might have to get some sort of safety lock so we don’t overwork this new fridge too quickly. 🙂