Great timing huh? During a holiday weekend of all times. Yesterday morning I thought it was just that someone wasn't shutting the door tightly so it wasn't staying cold. But then it still wasn't getting cold. I stuck a thermometer in and it read 62 ...hmmmmm.... so I tried cranking it up....still 62....hmmmm...definitely not good.
Ever the engineer, DH tried to troubleshoot it - playing with the temp settings, turning off the power to it, trying to find the thermostat etc etc . He finally decided it was dead too. The only piece of good news was the the freezer was fine.
Fortunately the store where we bought it still exists :-) and they were quite nice about setting up a service call once they found us in the data base. It turns out that the computer records don't go back to 1998 when we bought it. Of course, that raises another question about whether it is worth repairing. The service call alone is $89. Yikes! But then they put me through to a salesman who knew a lot about our model and actually talked me into repairing it rather than replacing it (how amazing is that?). I guess there are two compressors - one for the fridge and one for the freezer - and while they aren't really cheap, it is much less than replacing the whole built in refrigerator. I guess I really can't complain - this is the first time we've had to repair it in almost 9 years.
The bad news is that they can't even get to us until Thursday! Bummer! So we unpacked the whole thing into coolers which are on the deck, the tiny dorm sized fridge in the family room and into our unheated garage. Plus we froze a bunch of stuff. Good thing we weren't entertaining this weekend - what a disaster that would have been!
The good news is I now have the cleanest refrigerator around. With everything out of it, it was a breeze to clean. Plus I tossed a bunch of things we keep in the back but never use - you know what I mean I'm sure!