Picture this. It’s midnight, Friday.
Arriving home after a fun evening of shooting pool with friends, and a few drinks later, only to discover a PACKED fridge/freezer thawing and beginning to smell reeeeal bad (yup, it was a case of denial for a few days).
First things first.
Have a bowl of very soft ice cream with a brownie on top while two mechanically challenged women try to figure out what to do next.
We come up a plan. Make sure there is no dust on the coils behind the fridge.
After hauling the air compressor awkwardly into the house and successfully tugging the fridge away from the wall, we then proceed to blow tons and TONS of dog hair, dust and dirt all over the kitchen.
All the kitchen area lights go out. Darkness. Best part, we no longer can see the piles of dirt we blew all over the kitchen.
Get the flashlight and check the control panel located outside in the dark. Yup.. Found the problem. Apparently, we overloaded the circuit.
Go back inside, plug the compressor into another area of the house and continue ‘dusting’.
Hmmmm. Fridge still broken.
Find a couple large coolers, go to the store and buy lots and lots of ice. Done.
Systematically ‘prioritize’ freezer/fridge contents to be transferred to the coolers. Dump ice on top. Done.
Best plan. Send text message to appliance repair to call ASAP.
Done. 2am. ‘nite all!
Friday night 1am
There’s an Arizona dust storm (aka Haboob) in Roberta’s kitchen! YUK!!!!
Maytag repairman wants $395.00 to install a new defrost system and can’t come back til Monday. No wonder he gets no work!
After watching a couple of YouTube videos, Roberta decides she can do this herself.
Replacement part $75.00
The ‘Maytag Woman’ – Yes, She can!
Install new ‘Adaptive Defrost Assembly’ in fridge.
Removed a panel in the back of the freezer to defrost the coils. It’s taking a looooong time.
Removed another panel and Wow! Look at all the frost/ice we found! No wonder it was taking so long to defrost!
It took another 1.5 hours to totally defrost it using the heat gun.
Assembled the parts back together. Mission accomplished resulting in a total savings of $320.00.
ASSEMBLED THE PARTS BACK TOGETHER. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED RESULTING IN A TOTAL SAVINGS OF $320.00. GO MAYTAG WOMAN!! NEXT PROJECT, THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL…
Story and Photography by Sandra Schou