Thursday, October 26, 2006

This fridge is dead.

It has passed on. It is no more. It has kicked the bucket. This is an ex-fridge.

Aren't white consumer products rubbish? We have had our fridge freezer (Hotpoint, guarantee period 12 months) for a little over 2 years. It has now decided to go to visit it's maker.

I don't know about you, but I don't really consider 2 years to be a 'good' life for a fridge. OK, it was not top-of-the-range, coming in at about £250 new. BUT C'MON.

The current options appear to be:

1. Repair. Unknown cost. At least £50 callout and if it is what is thought it could be on the phone, repair could cost £100 or more. Marvellous as I'm sure you'll agree.

2. New one, another £250. Plus disposal.

3. Throw it, get another second hand one. Even if another only lasted a year, at least that would be cheaper than options 1 or 2. Might be able to get one on freecycle (unlikely but possible)

4. Forget fridges, as we don't have much in it anyway. Buy a freezer - cheaper and less likely to go wrong.

I wonder if there is an eco alternative to a fridge. Icebox or something.


Blogger Karin said...

Well that sounds pretty poor. We've had our fridge over 10 years and it may need replacing soon, but I would expect a new one to last more than 2 years.

Of course not so long ago it would have been normal to expect a fridge to last 15 to 20 years. They don't make them like they used to, but 2 years is ridiculous.gbiqi

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