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Winter Walk-In Cooler

January 17th, 2018

Typically, we use our back porch as a fridge/freezer during the cooler fall/winter/spring months. It’s always been a way to keep things cold when the fridge is full. After a big storm in October, our fridge hasn’t been keeping things quite cold enough. It’s barely keeping things at the top of the “safe” zone.

As a result, we’re shopping for new fridges and keeping our milk on the front porch where it stays really cold, in fact sometimes we move it to fridge so it doesn’t freezer out there. Thank goodness our fridge decided to slow down in the winter. Hopefully we can get a new one within a month.

Do you have any fridge brands to recommend?

4 Comments to “Winter Walk-In Cooler”
  1. Marina on January 18, 2018 at 7:57 am

    After having GEs and a Viking fridge that came with the house we are now in, we had to replace it and chose a Kitchenaid based on the recommendation of the repairman who came regularly to fiddle with the Viking.
    It is fantastic, great glass shelves, clever compartments and bright lighting up and down on both sides.
    I also got some clear rectangular boxes I use as extra drawers and 2 stackable egg crates, and it is the most efficiently organized fridge, smaller, but holding much or more!

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  2. Joan on January 18, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Hi Suzy, I don’t have a fridge brand to recommend (maybe look at Consumer Reports?) but I highly recommend purchasing it at Kelsey’s Appliance in Rockport. They have been incredible whenever I’ve had a problem with appliances – they usually send someone right out, and when they couldn’t, they delivered another fridge to use until a repair person showed up. It’s worth paying a little more for great service.

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  3. Nebraska Dave on January 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    Susy, I’ve been told that the new refrigerators have a life span of about eight years. I’m hanging on to my 20 year old refrigerator as long as I can. It might be better to repair the one you have if it doesn’t cost too much. I still have a 30 year old chest freezer as well. Sadly, new appliances just don’t last as long as the older ones. I’ve had to replace a dishwasher, microwave, and clothes washer. I can just tell they will not be lasting as long as the older ones. Another sad thing about new appliances is, they really aren’t made to repair. The repair cost is so much that it’s not worth it. Unfortunately we have become a throw away society.

    Good hunting for a new refrigerator. May you find one that lasts way longer than it should.

    Nebraska Dave

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    • Mrs. H on January 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

      Yes, they have become more disposable because of all the electronic components in them now. They’re computerized versus mechanical now, which is most unfortunate.

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