Happy Veterans’ Day!
I’ve been a professional appliance service technician for 37 years as of December first, and two weeks ago I walked away from my first refrigerator ever, giving up in disgust. I think it’s time to retire and just concentrate on the website full-time. It’s nearly full-time anyway, and I’m having a *blast* helping you do-it-yourself’ers with your appliance problems. Not to mention how much fun it is staying up here on the mountain every day with Gracie, and not burning $3 gasoline.
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 available anywhere that I can find. Amazing!
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 mentioned this in a recent DRSNews issue, but if you’re buying, or recently purchased, a new refrigerator, budget for another one in about 5 years. I say that not to be nasty or cynical in any way, 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. ‘Need more time to hunt, anyway.