Alrighty folks, sorry for the long absence. Let’s catch you up, shall we? Today’s news: the freezer.
A few months ago, I started noticing an odd smell inside Gypsy. Day by day, it slowly got stronger and stronger. I couldn’t figure it out. I emptied the trash can, and I cleaned the sink, but the odor persisted. It kept getting worse. I was at a loss.
Until I noticed this:
I realized that I had not opened the freezer in quite some time. Great. I couldn’t even remember what was in there. Holding my breath, I threw open the lid, and immediately transferred everything inside the freezer to a trash bag.
Then, I peered inside.
Blech. Soooooooo gross! It was terrible! It was … moldy ice cream. And it had been festering for months!
So, I basically spent an entire day cleaning out the freezer. Bleach, vinegar, and baking soda (not all at the same time). I then left the freezer open in the garage for several days, letting it air out.
Luckily, the freezer still works, so now it’s back in Gypsy, and the smell is 98% gone. The 2% that’s left isn’t bad at all, so I’m pretty happy.
Now, I bet you’re wondering: What happened?
Honestly, I have no idea. Something malfunctioned, but I really haven’t the faintest clue what. Both my fridge and my freezer were set to specific temperatures, and at some point, both decided to stop maintaining their set temperatures. The fan (or some other whirring device) would still kick on every once in a while, so hearing that, I was under the assumption that both units were working fine. However, when I opened the lid, I found that the internal temperature wasn’t cold at all.
Interestingly, each unit appeared to remember the temperatures they were set to. It was as if they had simply decided, “Screw this, I’m not doing this any more. But I’m going to keep making whirring noises so that the stupid human thinks I’m still doing what I was told.”
How did I fix it?
Well, I didn’t. I simply unplugged both units, and then plugged them both in again. Miraculously, they’ve both been maintaining their set temperatures for several weeks now. All I can do is shrug.
Things I learned from this experience:
- keep spillable items in ziplock bags
- check the internal temperature of your fridge and freezer every day
- keep an fridge/freezer analog thermometer inside
Oh, one more interesting thing to note: I cracked open the side panel of the refrigerator to see if I could spot any obvious loose wires. There were none. However, I did see something that piqued my curiosity:
The sticker on the compressor (Is that big round thing the compressor? I don’t know. Anyway…) indicates 5.8 amps. Meanwhile, the sticker on the back of the unit indicates 4.5 amps. What is going on?
To add to the confusion, the info on the sticker is all kinds of messed up. The numbers for the amps, volts, and watts should add up (amps x volts = watts), and they don’t. They don’t even come close.
So, I don’t know what any of that means. Is the manufacturer trying to lie and say that the unit uses less current than it actually does? Is there some kind of resistance voodoo going on that I don’t know about? Who knows? Make it of what you will, but my confidence in Edgestar is declining. I’m glad that my freezer is working, but I’m not very confident that it’ll work for very long.