Our refrigerator was becoming unpredictable. It seemed that the automatic defrost was not shutting off thereby making the whole unit too warm. Of course, we called a repairman who had to come from another city to our rural area. A large trip charge was added to the bill. He could not tell what was wrong & left a monitor in it for a week. Murphy’s Law says that the fridge would not act up during this week. Old Murphy was correct. Now we had a big bill & still no fridge.
It seemed, from picking the repairman’s brain & doing some reading, that it might be the motherboard. This is a $200 part according to the repairman and not to be entered into lightly. So, we substituted with coolers and 2 liter soda bottles that we filled with water & then froze in our freezer. That worked remarkably well & we managed for six months with this method. The biggest hassle was changing out the bottles and no longer having things like mayo. The prospect of a $300 repair bill offset the inconvenience.
Amazon.com to the rescue! We did a little checking & realized that we could ave about $100 by ordering the control board through Amazon. But we weren’t confident in our ability to change it out ourselves. Enter a PartSelect youtube tutorial that walked us through the whole process. We Came, We Saw, We Conquered! Good to know that PartSelect has over 600 videos. I took a quick look & noticed repair videos for washers, dryers & refrigerators. Next time something breaks, I know the direction to head.
I have learned how to do so many things through info on the Internet & especially youtube. What we saved on the fridge repair will fund what we spend for Internet service for some months.
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