Monday, September 19, 2011

How to blow $2000 in 1 hour

So I was hanging out with Natali Sunday when I noticed the temperature on the freezer blinking. I knew it wasn't normal.

I checked inside and everything was frozen. A quick Google search showed it blinks when it's unable to maintain the set temperature. Crap.

I tried unplugging and replugging in the power cable. From that point on the compressor never started. Crap.

Another Google search showed troubleshooting. From what I found it was a bad compressor. Repair cost ranged from $400-$700 IF you could find a repairman.

Several postings stated they couldn't find a repair company (even through Samsung!) to fix a Samsung fridge. Crap.

I looked through websites for local repair companies. None listed Samsung. Crap.

Solution. New fridge. I wanted a french door model.

We hit Lowes first since we buy everything there (lawn equipment, washer, dryer, dishwasher, back door....etc). They only had 6 months no interest, but did have 10% off plus 5% off with a Lowes card. We found a GE unit we liked (we were anti-Samsung). Lowes could install a new fridge next day for free. And haul away the old for free.

We then hit Home Depot. They had 12 months no interest and a little better pricing, but a MUCH smaller showroom. We found one we liked and said we might be back.

We then hit Conns. Conns and I go way back. I went to Conns with my first house in my past life. When I left college my mom let me live in one of her houses.

I bought a fridge, washer, dryer, dishwasher and TV from Conns. They currently had 3 years no interest, good pricing...but couldn't deliver until Wednesday. No good because we both work Wednesday.

On the way back to Lowes I stopped by a Sears appliance center. Good pricing...but no delivery until Tuesday. While at Sears the salesman showed me a feature only on Samsung fridges.

The freezer portion of Samsung french door model opens with just a finger. The handle breaks the vacuum pressure versus having to yank on the door. Sold. But not from Sears.

We went back to Lowes. The Samsung model we liked wasn't in stock. We decided to go with a larger model....29 cubic feet.

Last night we had a bad storm blow through. Blew a fence panel down. When it rains it pours.

Kelli found a repairman on craigslist that has a small business. Forty bucks later fixed this morning.

The fridge was delivered and installed this afternoon. Quick and easy.

In good news our refinance is taking longer than expected. Rates went down since we started.

We were locked in at 3.5%. Rates are now at 3.25%. A quick call to Wells Fargo got us 3.25%. Nice.


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