I’ve spent way too much time trying to figure out how to make this post positive and not negative but the facts are the facts and I dislike this fridge more than I think I’ve ever disliked anything I’ve owned.
The sad fact is that it’s probably a great fridge and none of the reasons I dislike it are actually the fridge’s fault.
First, who on earth would put the fridge right up against the wall? And I guess the next question would be . . who would buy a house with the fridge right up against the wall and the answer to that question is . . someone who couldn’t find a place to live, loved the land and the shop and settled for the house that came with the land and the shop.
When we moved to Texas, we had to rent a house because we couldn’t find a house to buy. Anyone remember that experience? :) The rental didn’t come with a fridge. We had tasted the water at the rental, knew it came out of the lake and the water was really bad. We’ve since decided that the water was bad probably due to the house and not the lake but at the time, we didn’t know that so we didn’t want water and ice on the door because we were using bottled water and storebought ice. Now we’re on a well and have excellent water and I want water and ice on the door.
For the longest time, the icemaker works for a day or two and then stops. We run out of ice at least twice a week and that’s with just two of us here. Vince finally looked at the ice maker and it was all frozen up so he banged on it and knocked all the ice off and it worked for another couple of days and then it was all frozen up again so at least three or four times a week, Vince was having to bang on the icemaker which can’t be good for it. This has been going on for a good 1-1/2 years.
We then determined that the fridge wasn’t level. The back was a smidgen too low so the water was overflowing and causing a buildup of ice and that’s when Vince would have to bang on it. There are no leveling mechanisms on the back of the fridge and the front ones were already as low as they would go so there was no way to raise the back up. Several months ago, we pulled the fridge out and determined that the floor isn’t level (we bought the deer camp!) and it slopes downward ever so slightly behind the fridge. Vince said he would fix it somehow. At least once a week, I’ve said “Can you work on leveling the fridge?” When Chad was here, I thought it was surely going to happen but they had too much else to do and it didn’t happen.
Monday morning I said “Vince . . if that fridge isn’t leveled by Saturday, I am going to buy a new one. The new one will have ice and water on the door. The new one will have leveling mechanisms on the front and back and I will not let the delivery folks leave until it is level.”
Yesterday, Friday, the fridge still was not level and I reminded Vince that I seriously was going to go buy a new fridge “tomorrow”. I never do that kind of thing but I am so fed up with not having ice, I was going to do it and I think he believed me. This morning, he cut a piece of plywood and sanded it down so there was a little ramp to put the back of the fridge up the ramp and onto the plywood. That sounds like something that would have been relatively easy but getting a fully loaded fridge up that ramp took several tries — Vince had to keep re-sanding to make the incline less and we both had to push to get it up the ramp and onto the plywood. I am happy to report that my fridge is now level!
We’ll see how that works. It’s going to take a lot for me to ever like that fridge. I don’t like the freezer on the bottom. I don’t like pulling out that big drawer. I want water and ice on the door and I’ll go back to a side by side when I do buy another one one but for now, I’m hoping this one lasts at least a few more years. We have a fridge and two big freezers in the shop so I don’t need another fridge out there.
The fingerprints all over the fridge in the first picture should give you some idea of how much we were having to manhandle that thing to get it up on the ramp. It’s all clean now. Let’s see if it makes ice without Vince having to bang on it or . . maybe I’ll get to go buy a new fridge!