It started as a typical Saturday. Places to go, games to watch, jobs to do…you know the drill. As I was just about to leave to take Natalie, Jenna and John with me to go to Natalie’s 9:00 volleyball game, I opened the fridge and realized it just wasn’t that COLD. Same thing with the freezer. I quickly told Ryan and the two kids to hurry and load up all the freezer stuff into coolers or to take it out to the garage freezer, that the fridge had given up. It wasn’t a total surprise, as last night all the little numbers on the digital readout were either blinking or not working, and we knew something in the circuitry wasn’t right. Ugh. This fridge isn’t that old. It’s the fridge I got for my birthday not even four years ago.
Well, let me just say that I am blessed to have a quick thinking husband. Even though he was getting ready to leave for day three of his 3 day geek fest (some sort of open source conference in Salt Lake that he wanted to go to for his birthday, so that was my present to him. Aren’t I such a creative gift giving wife?), he quickly looked up the symptoms online and figured out that our fridge probably had a bad capacitor. After emptying out the freezer, he was able to pull out the fridge, take out the bad little capacitors, then went to the electronics store or the repair store (I don’t exactly know) and got replacement parts.
When the kids and I got home from volleyball, the fridge was pulled out, water was all over the floor from the melting ice, but he was fixing those parts. Hallelujah! It worked. My super smart, handy, industrious husband was able to avoid calling a repair man, and fix our fridge for under $3! AND he was able to do it BEFORE our entire fridge/freezer full of food melted into sludge and creeped out all onto the floor! Double Hallelujah!!!
Once the part was back in, the back of the fridge vacuumed out and the fridge put back in place, Ryan and his two helpers whisked out the door to attend the geek conference. What a man! On Saturday, it’s “Family day”, and he was nice enough to take Cole and Megan along. They missed the keynote speaker, but that’s probably just as well. The rest of the day will be classes, games, free pizza, and other stuff that those teenagers and my geeky husband should just love. He even invited me. How sweet! No, thanks.
I am content to clean out the freezer (since it’s empty and all), mop the floor, and put some of the food back in the freezer. I breathe a sigh of relief and count my blessings that this fridge thing, which could have been a HUGE crisis and could have cost a LOT of money, was only a minor annoyance.