Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Life's Good? It's better with blinders

This crazy dog loved wearing Sara's blinders. He walked all around the room, tail nubbin' wagging, while gamely trying to find us without sight.

I think not. Let me explain.

About a year ago, or back when we moved into this house, we went out and bought all new appliances. I wanted the Maytag fridge with french doors and the freezer on the bottom. Well, Home Depot took my order and my money, then called me right before expected delivery to tell me I couldn't have that model right then and there because Maytag was unable to complete the order. I would have to wait 3 weeks for the item I wanted. To compensate for the inconvenience, they offered me an LG model that was more expensive at less than what I was paying for the Maytag.

Fool that I was, I took the deal and for awhile all was OK. Not great, but OK. The unit made ice and kept things cool, but the doors were a little wonky. They don't shut automatically, but the unit does alarm if a door is not closed. The freezer door does not alarm.

Over Labor Day weekend with my house full of visitors, the fridge saw a lot of action and someone left the freezer door ajar overnight. I woke up the next morning and closed it--the contents were still frozen, because in addition to the ice maker, there were bags of ice in there so that acted like a 20 cubic square foot cooler. By the next morning, the unit wasn't working again because, according to the LG service rep, condensation had built up on the motor. LG's solution was to unplug the unit for several hours then just like that, plug it back in. The magic worked for a day, but there was still significant food loss despite my efforts at saving the contents. Two days later, I awakened to the same problem. Error message 67 and a fridge full of contents that were not cold anymore.

Once again, I lost food. I unplugged the fridge, vacuumed every nook and cranny, opened the freezer to let it air out and cleaned and dried every crevice there, too. I shut the ice maker off so moisture was not an issue. When I was certain enough time had elapsed and you could eat a meal off the fridge itself without fear of food poisoning, I plugged it back into the outlet. Magic again, the solution worked until two days ago when the damned thing went on the fritz again.

He's so funny, but I bet he wasn't happy I had to toss his raw treats because we lost refrigeration. What he doesn't know won't hurt him.

Rinse and repeat the above steps. Plug it back in and it works. One day later, this morning, it's not working and I want to take this just out of warranty refrigerator out back and shoot the damned thing. This month alone, I've lost about $200 worth of food products and a lot of time moving, cleaning, plugging and unplugging this appliance. I have a service person coming, but he's all booked up until tomorrow, because, of course, nobody services LG around here because they're too expensive to fix.

Life's Good? I think not. What I wouldn't give for never having to call the lonely Maytag repairman.

Phooey on you LG.


Silliyak said...
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Denise said...

Leo is too adorable.

Sorry about your frig problems. I've heard of that bait and switch happening with Home Depot before. I believe that happened to my mother, the call at the last minute. Or maybe it was Sears.

Oh well, sorry you couldn't get what you wanted and have to go through this.

Towanda said...

That kind of stuff is so totally frustrating. I would be livid with Home Depot, although I don't think they purposely do a bait and switch.

sapphireblue said...

I'm sorry about the fridge trouble. That's so frustrating.

NCmountainwoman said...

Oh, Rudee. I just sent you an email so I wouldn't take all your comment space. You definitely do not want the Maytag. Oh, I do indeed share your pain on this one.

SkippyMom said...

Wow, that sucks Rudee. Sorry. Isn't HD doing anything about this? It doesn't seem right that a year old refrigerator is on the fritz like that. I hope it gets fixed soon.

And Leo? Just too dang cute.

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

oh buggers on that but leo looks adorable anyhow!

smiles, bee

Silliyak said...

The new reefer madness

Brenda said...

Right after the warranty runs out. Sounds familiar. What a pain. It is so frustrating when we spend so much for a product that doesn't live up to its worth. Hope things improve soon for you.

Jadekitty said...

That's really sad, for a 1 year old fridge. Hopefully they it get it all fixed up. You should ask for a replacement while you if they have to order parts :D

Knitty said...

My neighbor has gone through the exact same thing, right down to the reason they got the LG instead of the Maytag! Sounds fishy, doesn't it?