Our Fridge Came Back to Life
We think it was last June when a power surge blew out the motherboard of our refrigerator. The front control panel went dark, and the interior light went out, never to work again…
We got a local technician to come and give us a quote, even though we were in lockdown at the time. He advised us not to get the motherboard replaced, due to the age of the fridge and the difficulty of getting the needed parts. And the price would have been prohibitive, as we had learned when it happened once before. The fridge, however, was maintaining its cold temperatures in the main part and the freezer below, so we left it alone.
Then, last weekend at about 3:45 am, we had a localized brownout. (If you turned on a light, it would glow but at a very reduced output.) It woke me up because suddenly there was a click that was repeatedly happening every few seconds. When I came into the kitchen to investigate, the sound was coming from the fridge. (It was the ice tray trap shutting.) I opened the fridge door and was surprised to see the interior light flickering in time to the trap door noise. Needless to say, I woke Susan up with the news. We pulled the fridge out and unplugged it to stop the sound. And then we went back to bed in the eerie quiet of a house not operating at full power.
Come 8:30 in the morning, the electricity was back on. I plugged the fridge back in, and it started up as it had done for the past 10 months. But no lights anywhere. Susan put in a call to the technician, and he couldn’t account for why there should have been an interior light working. OK, we thought, that’s strange. But never mind.
Later that evening, the ice tray trap started intermittently clicking again (every five minutes or so). We went to the fridge to check it out. Susan touched the front panel, and the lights came on briefly. What!?
Then Susan opened the fridge door and the interior light was on!
Remembering how to reset the front panel, she pressed and held the bottom left button for three seconds. The panel lit up! It was working again!
It might not qualify as a miracle, but we think it’s bloody marvelous…