Fridge Broke, Food Soggy
December 3, 2009 7:06 PM Subscribe
My landlord finally replaced my tiny old fridge today. Yay! However, the new fridge isn't doing it's job. AT ALL. Help me save my food!
posted by wsp to Home & Garden (7 answers total)
The maintenance people for my building came by this morning to replace my ancient fridge. After they had left, I put all my food back in the fridge and left for work, assuming the fridge would cool down to a reasonable temperature by the time I came home. I was wrong.
When I came home from work, I opened the freezer to get something for dinner. I found it strangely warm, but I always kept my old fridge turned way low and so I chalked this up to "high efficiency" refrigeration. When I noticed that the ice cube trays were full of water, I pulled out the thermometers. Two different thermometers measured 13C (!) - that's 55F. In the FREEZER.
It gets better, though. The instructions I got with the fridge (and found online) do not match the controls! The freezer control is a slider between the endpoints "Strong" and "Weak". I have it set all the way to "Strong". I have the fridge temperature control all the way at "Colder" (vs. "Cold"). I'm scared to turn them all the way the other way and completely ruin all my food.
The compressor runs, though quietly. The fan runs. The light is very dim, though it does say "15W max".
My question: is there anything I can do to fix this? The fridge is brand new. Is there some step in the setting-up process that the maintenance people might have missed? Is this normal for new fridges? If the conclusion here is that it's broken, I'll call the landlord. It will take them a few days to get here, though, so I'd like to see if there's something I could do before all my food goes bad. Thanks!
(Oh, and it's a GE GTR12.)