Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Tuck Foo thousand nine!

Refrigerator just died...

Of course, we just did part of the shopping today...

25 outside, half the food's in coolers in the (unheated unattached) garage, the other half on it's way to my son's, the freezer stuff we made room for in the deep freeze by culling what was in it...

Sure hope it's a defrost timer!

May the rest or YOUR weeks be kind!

alan

UPDATE: 2:45pm Wednesday-

I just kicked the circuit breaker back on after having changed the "Master Control Board" because the "defrost timer" that used to be a seperate component, a box a bit smaller than a cigarette pack that was less than $25 the last time I put on in 15 years ago in my last "fridge", is now on the circuit board. The $154 one.

I paid $24 extra dollars for a lifetime warranty on it; my last one went through 3 in it's of 26 years. I paid a service call on the 1st and watched them change it, then did the next two myself. The symptoms were identical this tiime; it was running constantly, the "reefer" wasn't cooling at all, and the freezer was up to around 50F this morning, though it was chugging merrily away.

When I pulled the circuit board you could see the burnt place on the back of the old one. (I've also seen that in voltage regulators in cars, and ignition control modules as well.)

So, it's running again...a thermometer sitting on the freezer shelf and in a half hour or so we'll see if it's dropping!

alan

12 comments:

Sassy said...

Oh man, that really sucks. Hope you get a new fridge soon!

Anji said...

I spent years willing mine to die - how did you do it? Having a new one made me realise how inefficient the old one was.

Look on the bright side; at least it didn't happen in a heatwave.

beckyboop said...

You are quite the handy man! Better to spend a $150 rather than a $1000. Good job man.

ryssee said...

Ugh. I think your title from January 5 says it all!
Well, I hope your efforts can salvage the old beast. At least it's colder outside than it is in the fridge. :-)

Jenny Harvey said...

Bome Cack 2008
I long for the halcyon days of 2008, when fridges worked and no drunk idiot has smashed my car's rear window :-(
I am currently the proud owner of a fridge freezer thats half smelly/ half solid block of ice.
Thankfully Britain in '09 has barely risen above bloody freezing

Chandira said...

I am glaring at my noisy clunky old dishwasher, waiting for that to die, can you send some of your juju my way? ;-) Robert's not a fixer.. I'd love a new one!

von Krankipantzen said...

Well, if 2009 is supposed to be a good year it sure is easing into it slowly. I guess it could have been worse but I'm sure you could have found far more fun things to do with that $154, right?

Ian said...

Most people would have donned the credit card and bought a new one, nice to see some guys still know how to use tools Al.

Penny M said...

I'm with Ian! I was very impressed with your techie-speak, and more impressed that you got the machine working again.

You couldn't come and have a look at my central heating could you?

HAR said...

I am always impressed at how handy and talented you are. My water heater busted this week as well. Happy New Year!

Green tea said...

My fridge is acting up, two service calls in the last year.
I went shopping to see what is out there. and are they ugly.
I don't like the stainless look, in fact I like the one I have.
So guess as long as Service Plus can fix it when I call I'll hang in there for awhile.

chosha said...

My fridge is on the way out. Lately I have to defrost it every month or so or the freezer ices up so much I can't shut the door. I'm really hoping to pick a new(er) one up at the upcoming US embassy auction in early February. The current one just has to last a little bit longer.

Good luck with your own cold box!