Our ice cream has a problem. It’s soft–real soft.
I thought maybe I’d put in too many containers of warm chicken broth and overloaded the system. No such luck. Time went by and our ice cream still remained soft serve, and the problem seemed to grow. My frozen veggies were now a solid blob and ice crystals were forming on everything. Then a huge mass of ice on the bottom of the fridge stopped the tray from sliding out. So I immediately did..nothing.
I’ve never defrosted a freezer. Maybe if I fiddled with the dials my problems would all disappear. Life rarely works that way. So last Friday, I took the bull by the horns, emptied the freezer, turned it off but left the refrigerator running, put down some towels, and set a bowl inside.
I don’t know why I put things off for so long. I had visions of having to unload the fridge and schlepping tons of food upstairs to the girl’s kitchen. I was sure it would be a major endeavor, but it was actually quite simple. I’ve cut back on frozen things of any kind since the upstairs freezer is full of berries and chicken broth, and this one doesn’t really work. I took this opportunity to toss a few odd and ends and stuck the rest in a little cooler for the day.
While I was waiting, I read up on how to remove the drawer so I could clean out the errant popsicles and all the spills. Shockingly, It was just a matter of pulling the freezer drawer out and lifting it up at the end. It’s amazing the information you can find out when you read the manual. After a day of waiting, all the ice was melted, and I was able to crawl inside and wipe it down.
Then I put the food back, turned the freezer on, and waited overnight. The next morning, the moment of truth came. I had Baby Girl open the sherbet, and–drum roll please–it was still soup. As a last ditch effort, I had her turn the freezer up to the maximum setting–still no go. So I gave in and called the repair man.
We should be on good terms by now. First he came out when the fridge tipped over and tried to crush me. Thankfully, BG came to my rescue. And then when the door opened and shot a plastic hinge across the room, he came back to fix the problem. Now I’m hoping it’s something little rather than replacing the whole refrigerator/freezer. Even if it’s something big, it’ll still be cheaper than replacing the unit. A new Sub-Zero in a similar size costs over $9,000. I think this one has a little more life in it.
Tomorrow, we’ll have all the answers.
Having appliance issues? Ever put off something forever that turned out to be so, so easy?