Ugh! What a day! I started off yesterday feeling in a funk and it just didn’t get any better as the day progressed. Around 5:30, I discovered water all over our kitchen floor. I opened the freezer only to find that everything in there had thawed!! Neither the freezer nor the fridge was cooling anymore. OMG!
When Jody got home from work, he cleaned off the back and vacuumed out underneath it, hoping that would fix the problem. But it seems he was too late. It looks like our compressor has bit the dust. :(
The Whirlpool repairman Jody talked to on the phone said it would cost a bare minimum of $350 to replace the compressor, but it could definitely be more. UGH!
Our fridge was only 5 years old. I thought they lasted forever!
We have 0 extra money right now. There’s no money to buy a compressor. There’s no money to buy a new fridge.
I’m asking around to see if anyone we know has a fridge they are no longer using (to sell or give away). It’s a long shot, but I even posted on Freecycle. Can’t hurt to try.
Lesson learned – be sure to vacuum off the back of your fridge and underneath your fridge on a semi-regular basis to avoid compressor burn-out. I hate such expensive lessons.
So anyway, this fridge thing usurps all other things I posted about as “stressing me out” yesterday. Yes, it takes the cake.
Update: Well, it turns out the compressor SHOULD be covered under our 5-year warranty (which will expire in October – eep!!). Hallelujah! (Keep your fingers crossed.) So now Jody is on the phone trying to schedule a repair and get it all straightened out. We’ll be living out of coolers packed with ice in the meantime. It’s like camping right in our own kitchen. ;) Ah, what an adventure.