Saturday, September 19, 2015

EEK! The Freezer Crashed

   The good thing is it wasn't my freezer that crashed. It was my neighbor's freezer that quit.

    Why is it that when freezers crash , it's always a big surprise. We rarely know when our freezer is on it's way out. Sometimes we don't catch the down freezer for a few days. Half the stuff  or worse  is thawed.

    Then panic!, panic! Help ! Help! What do I do? How much of this can I rescue. Call a repairman. Can he repair it.? Your mind is working in overdrive. Sometimes you can get a repairman quickly enough and the freezer can be repaired. And if it can't be repaired then plans A,B,C,D...

   My neighbor appeared at my door Thur morning. Her freezer had died. She caught it in time to rescue all her food. She happened to go down for a loaf of bread and it felt a little soft and she discovered the freezer was off and would not kick back in. She asked if we had room in our freezer for some of her stuff. She had room in her side by side fridge for the meat but needed a place for her baked goods. Yes, we had room enough for her stuff.

    So her scramble wasn't over. She had to quickly find a freezer and get it to her house. The business could not deliver the freezer until Monday and then they wanted $90.00. They were able to get the new freezer in the back of their Jeep and then wrestle it downstairs on Thur. She had to wash it well as there was a chemical smell associated with new products.

    Now things don't usually happen in ones. Her husband had a medical appointment with the anesthetist as he's having a kidney removed. 

    They had enough stress in this situation. Friday morning she arrived to get her bag of baked goods. 

    How about you? Has your freezer died on you? Have other things quit, like your sump pump?


36 comments:

  1. Everything I have is always falling to pieces and that includes me.
    I have never had a freezer though I can see one would be handy.

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    1. Your motor home stuff is pretty fragile.

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  2. my water heater busted last friday morning. thankfully, i was home, heard it start spewing water, caught it in time to lose only 1/3 of the tank onto the carpeting. got hold of my contractor friend and he took care of it for me! whew!

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    1. One of my water heaters sprung a big leak and it was a mess. the second I changed before it leaked.

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  3. Your poor neighbor and glad you were able to help her out. We had a lot of things break down recently. Once our freezer broke several years ago. We were away when it happened. When we returned everything was ruined.

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    1. It always seems stuff goes at the same time.

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  4. Our refrigerator quit in august right before a big family weekend, followed by a trip to the coast. We managed to get a new one purchased, installed and up and running without missing out on too much of the fun. Then right before Thanksgiving, which I was cooking for, our oven gave out. Another scramble to get a new one purchased and installed, including an adjustment to the cabinets to fit it. We made in and the pumpkin pies got baked and the turkey got roasted.

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    1. Appliances seem to crash at the worst of times.

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  5. I don't have much in my little freezer, it is part of my refrigerator. Only some icecreams and bread. I buy everything fresh.

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    1. You have a completely different style of grocery shopping. we go once a week and by enough to last.

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  6. I don't have a freezer other than the small one in the fridge, and when we lost power four 35 hours we had to eat some salmon that thawed, but that was it. But you're right, these things usually happen together. :-)

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    1. I guess stuff can stay frozen for a while but it's a tense situation.

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  7. I don't get in mine very often.It would be tough losing what you had.

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    1. We have a lot of stuff in the freezer. We had it stuffed when the kids were at home.

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  8. I remember after a hurricane taking my food to my neighbors because my freezer had died. I was in a panic and many times in my life I have lost hundreds of dollars in food due to electrical outage.

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  9. Oh, gosh. Our power was out for 10 days in Ice Storm '98. My boyfriend at the time was pissed off that I took some pies his mom had made over to my ex-husband, who took in my son, and the cat, as well. The silly thing was that the house temp was 5 C., and the food likely would have remained frozen. :-)

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    1. So the ice storm had more stress than just loss of power.

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  10. I'm saying nothing. My freezer, fridge or something else might hear me. Apart from that I don't want to tempt fate by saying I've not had a problem.

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    1. You're a very superstitious guy.

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  11. I am waiting for my fridge to die...I hope my freezer doesn't die cause it is almost full of food. Winter is coming and I can always use a snowbank! We bought an extra fridge a small one because Far Guy has two medications that must stay cool...so having that is a great relief:) Don't even mention sump pump....we had one that went out a few years back:(

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    1. It sounds like you are well prepared. Do you have a backup generator?

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  12. It's happened among my family from time to time, big appliances like this biting the dust!

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    1. It always seems to happen without warning.

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  13. Our air conditioner went out just before our bout of hot weather. Bad luck. We suffered for a few days until the repair man could get here.

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    1. And the air conditioner just had to stop when it was hot!

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  14. These things can be so stressful because most of the time they don't give you a warning that they're breaking down! Our washing machine broke down 4 days before we were leaving on our week-long vacation...and there was clothing we wanted to wash to bring along. That was pretty stressful!

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    1. It always happens at the worst time.

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  15. Hi Red, I haven't had that experience but hope my neighbor is as kind as you if it ever does. It sure sounds like an experience for them to get the new freezer in there. Now, I'm wondering about that photo at the end of this post ... Is that your red car? :-)

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    1. You're lucky if you haven't had any crashes. The red car just happened to appear when I had the photo set up. No it's not my car but it fits right in the photo.

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  16. I haven't seen my parents' freezer died, neither my grandparents'. Maybe they were lucky enough to catch it in time or maybe I just didn't even notice. But I have witnessed and experienced things happening not in ones. I hate double stress! She's lucky to have a neighbor like to who willingly accomodated her baked goods. Some neighbors simply won't care.

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  17. YES! And it was so ill timed I don't want to think about it...:)

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  18. We sold our upright freezer when went to live in apt now. My friend and hubby bought it. I hope it doesn't do this to them. We live a throw away from stores so having a freezer would not be so good for us to drag it. We did tell them that the freezer was older not new. Both said we will take our chances. We need one, And you sold it to us for cracker price.

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  19. Fortunately it has never happened to me, but I was always in fear that it would. I had a huge garden and all our winter fruit and vegetables were stored in there, along with some venison and half a pig. It would have been a disaster to lose our winter's food! Glad you could help your neighbor save hers.

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  20. Nope, the only thing that died so far is the ice maker, knock on wood!

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  21. My freezer has never died, but when we lived in Nova Scotia, Hurricane Juan knocked out our power for three days and we lost everything in the freezer.

    Sump pumps, however, are another matter! We've had three failures in 8 years! One failure resulted in an inch of water in the basement.

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