1) I’ve been a professional
appliance service technician for 37 years as of
December 1st, and two weeks ago I walked away from my first refrigerator
ever, giving up in disgust.
I was going for 40 years as a
tech, but think it’s time to retire and just
on the website full-time. It’s nearly full-time anyway, and I’m having a *blast*
helping you guys with your appliance problems. Not to mention how much fun it is
staying home up here on the mountain with Gracie every day and not burning $3
gasoline. (Scroll to the end of this issue to see her photo and you'll understand <grin>).
Anyway, a well-known ‘offshore’
brand, this beast
refrigerator ’takes the cake'
for most ‘whistles and bells’. With a huge ‘motherboard’, nearly full-width
keypad, all kinds of audio output, 7 thermistors sensing temperatures everywhere,
3 tiny low-torque 12 volt DC, variable-speed fan motors, and mostly metric
hardware! And no service manual or data sheet available anywhere that I can find.
I’ve done electrical work all of my life,
trained in and serviced electronics over
the years, but this is really getting ridiculous. All this to refrigerate food?
I’ve said it before, but if you’re buying, or
have recently purchased, a new
refrigerator, budget for another one in about 5 years. I say that not to be cynical
or negative, it’s just a plain, but sad, fact. They’re not lasting much longer than
that. With their tiny lowest-bidder sourced compressors, they use very little
energy, but are filling up landfills fast!
Yep, think I’ll retire from in-home service
ASAP. ‘Need more time to hunt and
ridge-run, anyway. ;-)