The refrigerator is “on the Fritz” (where did that term come from?) and my arm is mended. Thank you all for asking.
We have a GE refrigerator that came with the house when we bought it – brand new. As with all large appliances, it came with a two year warranty. That ended about 4 years ago. Two years back the troubles began with the heating coil. Since it is a frost free unit it self defrosts. We had a repair done on that and it worked for a while. Well, for some reason that part quit and we have had to defrost it more and more frequently since then. Started off about every three to four months. Since the beginning of last year it has been just a bit over monthly.
The next problem we had was with our ice maker. The auger froze up so the “Ice In The Door” feature quit working. We’ve had a repair person out on three different occasions to fix the ice maker and it is now beyond repair.
This last time we defrosted the freezer things have gone really wonky. The vegetable bin and the deli bin in the refrigerator part is now the FREEZER, while the freezer is cool enough to be the refrigerator. The top area of the refrigerator side is warm, while the lower sections and the door are cold. The tubing coils for the “Water In The Door” feature are frozen so that part doesn’t work any longer. Go figure.
It seems this particular unit had been recalled some years back because of the door seals not being sufficient. We didn’t get the “Memo” on that one so we missed the recall measures. Now we have to find a refrigerator that will fit in the space of the current one. GE will give us $400 off the price of a new one, once we find one, and they will install the new one and take out the old one.
We’ve been to a couple places and looked at refrigerators. Most of them are just an inch or two wider than the space they would go in. Living in a mobile home, that inch or two is problematic. It would involve some reconstruction to get one of them to fit in the space. Although our home has the 2×4 (laughable) construction and drywall instead of wood paneling on the walls, adjusting the area for that few inches would be a massive undertaking. There are three walls that would be affected by the change.
Upon entering our front door, we have a foyer of sorts. The wall you would face upon entering our home is on the back side of the refrigerator and pantry. Turn right, once in the door you enter the dining room. At that juncture is a wall of cabinets where the foyer turns into the dining room. Just a few steps more you are in the kitchen and the back of the cabinet wall is where the refrigerator stands, then next to it is the pantry. This whole space is like an enclosed island. The entire section would have to be torn down and put back together just for two inches of space. Not something I’m remotely interested in doing.
After Thanksgiving we’ll have a bit more time to go from one appliance store to another, tape measure in hand, and find the unit that will fit within the space width wise. The next challenge will be the depth. There is a model we have looked at that would fit within the space but will stick out three inches further into the kitchen area. That three inches will make our kitchen a less than “Two Butt” space.
We can have the oven door and the refrigerator door open, since they face each other, right now. Have a unit that is three inches further into the space will make for some testy conversations. Me checking something in the oven with the door open and Joe decide he needs something out of the refrigerator….well cover your ears, it won’t be very lady like nor loving. So the hunt will continue for a while.
As for my arm. The out of date drugs did the trick. Two nights with the old pain killers and the days spent stretching and forcing the arm and shoulder to move and rotate have furthered the healing process. I have full motion of the arm and the pain is gone. Joe had suggested I get a sling and immobilize my arm for a while. That seemed to be the long way to get it better so I opted for the “grit your teeth and breathe through the pain” option. Faster, although I have to admit that Joe nearly drove me bonkers with his concern and admonishments to stop what I was doing. Him hovering and questioning me on my arm and the pain was really disconcerting. More so when he kept trying to take things out of my hands to help me. Bless the man, and his loving ways. That is the better way to think of it than “leave me alone and stop trying to coddle me!”
Thank you all for your concern at my discomfort. I appreciate the phone calls from daughters and Maureen, the notes of care and well wishes from those of you far away. Close to home, I appreciate the gift of love from my crazy husband 🙂 who helped me out of chairs while being pelted with cross words for his efforts; physically pushing me aside in the kitchen to lift a pot or a skillet while his ears were blistering from the heated “Stop that, I’m capable of doing this myself”, and for waking me up during the night to see if he has rolled over too close to me and hurt my arm.
Truly, I do appreciate all the love that has been sent my way from every corner 🙂
Maureen, you and your family have safe travels to and from your Thanksgiving celebration. Shelly, you and your family enjoy a healthful Thanksgiving celebration with the flu banished from your home for the rest of the season. Lynn, you and your family enjoy this time with the flu and other ills carried off on the winds in the UK, all the while they are at your back and not searing your lungs for burning your faces with the cold. Nancy, you and your family enjoy this time in Canada with the temperatures back up on the plus side of the thermometer leaving the remaining negative temperatures for later in the season and your migraines to take a long needed leave of absence.
Time to get at my paperwork, for a time, and on with other things.