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This is my fridge
It came with the house when we bought it in 1997. It was relatively new back then. But it was bought by people who were about to sell their house, so it was the cheapest thing they could get away with buying.
Same goes for the stove.
The fridge has been slowly falling apart for several years now. First the restraining bar on the bottom door shelf broke & had to be put back on with duct tape. Then the plastic track the fruit bin was on broke off. So it just sat there on the bottom of the fridge, not sliding & scraping up the bottom whenever you pulled it out or pushed it back. Then the veggie side snapped as well. A few months ago cracks began appearing on the inside of the fridge. Not effecting the overall temperature of the fridge but not helping the energy use at all.
There is nothing wrong per se with the stove. I just hate the stove. Have hated it for years. The burners cannot be leveled, so all the liquid pools to one side, they have a large unheated center spot so when you cook you have to be careful not to put food in the center of the pan because it never gets as hot as the rest of the pan.
Or at least as much of the pan as fits on the burner. Two of my pans are significantly bigger than the biggest burner.
So I have been waging a small, quiet campaign for years about a new fridge & stove. I’d look at prices & features online every so often and just sort of toss them out there to DH and the universe at large. Not in an insistent “must by now’ kind of way but in an ‘oh, look, hmm, maybe someday’ sort of way.
I want a smooth stop stove with at least one 12 inch burner or a 9/12 adjustable one. That’s it. That’s the must have. I like the idea of a warming area & a rapid boil burner too but they are not necessary. I’d love a double oven, but we can’t afford a double oven.
The stove was not that big of a deal. There are plenty of stoves out there that meet my needs & are reasonably priced (assuming we save the money), but the fridge was a bigger need & bigger a problem in a several ways.
First if I am getting a new fridge I want a fridge I am going to be happy with, not just the bottom of the line direct replacement fridge. I wanted to step up a bit. I wanted it to have French doors and a bottom freezer. Right there you have jumped up a pricing level. I did not want the on door water & ice feature. We are on a well & our water is fine right out of the tap & I didn’t want to lose storage space in the fridge to it. I didn’t want an inside water feature either. You let all the cold air out waiting for your glass to fill. This eliminates about half the fridges. It had to be 31-33 inches wide. Most French door fridges are 35-36 inches wide, but short of moving a wall, that won’t work. And it had to be white. I don’t like the stainless look in general and it really does not work with our kitchen.
So now I am down to a choice of approximately 15 out of about 175 fridges. But they were similar in price so I knew how much I needed to save & I began saving.
And then I went back to work, making the saving money easier.
And we got our tax refund.
And suddenly a fridge was in our grasp!
But we had to act fast, because the universe proved last year that it really doesn’t like us having spare money laying around. The universe will create expensive situations to eliminate any savings.
So we had to buy a fridge before any teeth were broken or major auto repairs were suddenly needed.
Then there was a sale at Sears!
It’s like the universe decided to make us spend spare money on a fridge, without the sudden traumatic demise of the existing fridge in a power surge that also damaged the drywall.
And so the Friday before last we bought a fridge! It was to be delivered the following Wednesday!
That Saturday DH & I were in the kitchen talking about the fridge when he wondered if the new one was the same height as the old one. We only have about a quarter inch clearance between the old fridge & the cabinets.
We’d assumed the same width would be the same height.
No it would not!
The new fridge is nearly 2 inches taller! 67.25 inches as opposed to 65.65.
So we had to rebuild the bottom of the cabinet.
I’ve heard there are people who go out & buy new appliances & just slide them right in where the old appliances were.
I wonder what that’s like.
Wednesday the delivery guys show up and immediately doubt the new fridge will fit where the old fridge is.
Yes, too wide. Despite my buying a 32.75” wide fridge, they claim it’s actually 33” & then go measure it to prove it.
And they are right!
But it turns out the old fridge is the same width!
It can’t slide back as far as the old fridge because you do actually need a bit more clearance than I have in order to open the doors. They are thicker than old fridge. But it does fit.
and look at the roomy interior!
I have been wanting this fridge for so very very long!
The sale at Sears was so good & we had earned so many Sears dollars from the purchase of the fridge, we were able to buy a bonus appliance!
It has the 9/12” adjustable burner, a rapid boil burner and a warming burner!
My big pans fit on it!
I had to make chicken fried steak that very night just to experience the joy of edge to edge heating & perfectly even cooking!
If we move in the next 15 years, these appliances are coming with us.