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August 26, 2004

On the Fritz

Tonight Sarah and I were getting ready for a couple of friends to come over for dinner. I had the coals going for the freshly brined chicken. Sarah was making the roasted potato salad (which I could eat every day), when I looked in the freezer to check on our ice supply. I'd just purchased a fresh bottle of Svedka vodka, a very pure, slightly sweet vodka from Sweden that retails for $13.99, and was getting ready to make a round of martinis for everyone.

The ice in the trays was not ice, but water. I quickly noticed that everything in the freezer was thawed. The bag of chicken breasts was just gross. The ice cream sandwiches were all over the bottom of the freezer. I opened the refrigerator door and inserted my index finger to test the air, and sure enough, it was pretty warm in there. Sometime shortly after we both departed for work on Thursday morning, our refrigerator had stopped working.

Luckily, or not so luckily, we have two fridges. Both our parents donated old fridges to us when we bought the house, so we still had the working one in the basement (the one from my parents I remember getting when I was about 5 years old because I was pissed that it didn't come in a huge box). It usually only holds beer and soda, but we quickly transferred everything worth saving to the basement.

The remaining fridge was over 20 years old. I just got my student loan check so I could buy a new one this weekend, but who counts on having to buy a new fridge during their second year of law school. I could handle it and Sarah could contribute half. I'd just have to drink more PBR and less New Belgium.

After the big cleanup and after I'd gotten the chicken on the grill, I stuck my hand into the broken refrigerator and switched it completely off. That mysterious light was still working after all. I just wanted to give all the systems a test. When I turned the dial back up, the compressor kicked on and cool air burst free from the vents. It worked! Why?

The water in the ice cube trays is now solid, but for how long? Stay tuned and find out. Will Steve and Sarah have to pony up for a new fridge, or will they be able to exist on the charity of their parents for another year?

Posted by Half-Cocked at August 26, 2004 11:51 PM


you guys might try vacuuming the coils. if they get a bunch of dust on 'em, the fridge has to work way harder to keep your goods cool.

Posted by: katie at August 28, 2004 02:39 PM