Our refrigerator is in the slow and ugly process of dying.
It has been happening for about two weeks now. First we noticed that we no longer had ice. Then we noticed that our frozen things were not quite as frozen, so they migrated to the outside refrigerator/freezer.
So I called a recommended appliance guy, who very kind and said that while he did not do that kind of work, he could recommend someone else to us. I called him this morning and stated the problem, hoping it was a failing compressor. I described the symptoms.
"Well, I have bad news for you my friend" he replied. "Would that that were the problem."
"It is not?"
"No. I talk to three or four people a week and they have the same problem. You have a freon leak."
"Can it be fixed?"
"Not really. You have to completely remove everything with freon running in it and put it back it. Parts are not so much, but labor is. You are looking at the equivalent of taking your car in and having the engine replace. About $5000."
We discussed the rather said state of repairs for my model (LG - never get an LG. We have had two of their units fail and they essentially cannot be repaired). There is one repairmen in my entire area and their honoring of warranties - 1 year, parts and labor - is not really helpful since we have been here four years. So this evening was spent moving things from inside to outside and "culling" what would not go (not a bad idea, as it turns out - refrigerators can tend to be refuges for items you would not otherwise dispose of).
Suspecting this was the case - or at least the thing was failing - Nighean Dhonn and I went to The Orange Big Box Store to look at replacements. After out tax return and after paying for the coil replacement and AC on the Van, we have just enough to cover a baseline steel model with the optional ice maker.
On the one hand, very thankful that the tax return came through right when it was needed to cover what needed covering (Thanks, Lord). On the other hand, things always seem to come up just when you get a little money.
And our Stove/Oven is an LG as well. And now I am looking at that with a concerned eye as well...