Yesterday, I had time to spend with my grandson as you saw. What I didn’t show you was the horrible state of my fridge. The ice build up on the tiny freezer compartment finally had taken over too much space. I planned to stop for my first real grocery shopping of the month today, even had my list ready. With that in mind it was time to defrost the freezer. Ever have one of those days that by the end of it you are asking yourself why you didn’t leave well enough alone? Yep, my day! Let me begin by telling you there is a reason I’m sharing this with you, so please bear with me.
While I have no pictures of the ice damn that took over the fridge, trust me it was bad. I really shouldn’t have started this with a little one around, especially one who loves to work. I had very little food in the fridge so I turned it off, opened the door and guess what? I let him talk me into hurrying the process along.
With a screwdriver and a hammer to chop away at the ice we began to make a few dents. When I knew it needed time to sit and thaw I took him outside to play, upon returning he begged me to go back to the freezer, he was having fun. We played this little routine 4 times before the job was finished.
Sounds good right? I can see you shaking your heads already.
I’m not stupid, really I’m not. The hose is on the far back right corner of the fridge, I wouldn’t go near that spot. I was working on the far left, in the front of the fridge when all of a sudden I hear a whooshing sound and feel a nice stream of cold air being forced out. It’s coming from the left side. I know there is nothing in that area that could possibly be making that sound. I tried to tell myself it’s just air from under the ice.
Ever wonder how smart a 4 year old is? As soon as the hissing sound starts my grandson turns to me, straight faced mind you, and says “grandma, that doesn’t sound good, I think you broke it” I have my finger on the spot trying to stop the air coming out and literally sat up looked at him and burst out laughing, when I regained control of myself I told him how right he was.
With the freezer defrosted, the huge chunks of ice now in the sink melting, I proceeded to inspect the hose in the back. I see nothing wrong. Well, let’s give this a try. I turn it back on and hope. It sounds strange, but maybe that’s because I don’t remember what it sounded like when I plugged it in for the first time, or maybe that’s what it should sound like without an ice damn in it. It feels cool, I know these fridges take a while to get cold again, the instruction book recommends 48 hours before adding food. I ask my daughter-in-law if it feels like it’s getting colder, does she see any damage? I am holding my breath.
Five hours later I open the door with my fingers crossed and find I could cook an egg in there. All I have is heat.
Are you done laughing yet? Let me now tell you why I am sharing this story with you.
When I went looking for a fridge, I chose this small one because it only used 3 kw of energy a month. I figured that was as good as I was going to get. I figured since I lived so close to town and could go to the store frequently I wouldn’t need a freezer too.
Well, it turns out these little dorm-sized fridges can’t be repaired. I’ve called everyone I could find. All laugh at me and tell me to toss it.
Can’t be repaired!! Seriously, you want me, who pulls things out of the dumpsters to toss something in? It’s turned off, unplugged and no one will repair it or take it. What the heck do I do with it. My imagination is failing me.
But this has made me change a few things, starting with my shopping list.
I have decided I will not replace the fridge. I don’t need a full-sized one for just me, and I’m not buying something that can’t be repaired. For now, any thing that needs refrigerated, such as leftovers, will be stored outside. I will just be careful that what I choose to eat won’t be harmed if it falls below freezing. Past generations used ice boxes, why can’t I?
I had plans to build a very large window box and fill it with greens for salads, now is the time to speed that plan up and start growing what I can indoors. Fruit will become a larger part of my diet than it’s been for a couple of months as it won’t need to be kept cold.
With spring I will enlarge the garden, already had the seeds and plants chosen so it’s not something I will change. I will eat plenty of fresh, homegrown food and supplement at the farmers market when they open.
Finally, I will purchase the freezer I have been wanting when the temperatures warm up (even if I have to resort to purchasing it new) to put up food. I’ve actually been thinking of getting rid of the fridge when I purchase the freezer to trade off the electrical usage. When I cook, things like soups, I make more than one meal. The extras could be kept frozen and taken out in portion sized packages. Currently, I have to eat the same thing over and over until it’s gone as I have no way of freezing things. The only thing that I considered a problem would be the yogurt I purchase for the little ones, but I could freeze that and let them eat it frozen or thaw it some before giving it to them.
So my only question now is…..what do I do with a worthless, unrepairable fridge? Suggestions….anyone?