The Repair or Replace Dilemma

The other day, I walked out to the washing machine to move the clean load of laundry over to the dryer, and I almost hit the ground (after my foot found a nice puddle of water). I was instantly on the hunt for where the water came from. Once I discovered it had come from the bottom of the washer, I then looked up and realized that the washer hadn’t even finished it’s cycle, and was reading ERROR across the screen.

Well, that’s just uncalled for.

You know the cycle your mind goes through! “Oh my word, the washer’s broke. How old is this thing?! It shouldn’t be broke now, should it? I need to find the manual, I guess. I think I’ll wait until J gets home – he can look at it. But all the laundry I have to do! Who fixes these things? Oh my gosh, what if we have to buy a new one?! This is the last thing I wanted to spend money on right now! Might as well replace both the washer and the dryer so they match! UGH!!! How much is this gonna cost?!”

If you’re like me, all those thoughts run through your mind in about 10 seconds. Lucky for me, crisis averted when I realized the issue was part of the comforter I was washing had gotten stuck in the door. Ah ha! All fixed, all back to normal.

However, it’s not always such an easy fix, is it? Eventually, you’re gonna be left with the decision: do I get this repaired or just totally replace it?

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Thankfully Matt from Unique Indoor Comfort has come to our rescue with a really fabulous infographic on just that! What I REALLY LOVE about this one is that he’s identified what to search for ON YOU TUBE when you’re stumped! That’s nothing less than amazing! See for yourself…

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On the Road in April

Welcome to May, folks! We are almost half-way through 2016 – can you believe it?! Hey, I’m still over here trying to remember to write 2016 instead of 2015! Who’s with me?!

Lots of stuff happened on the blog last month, but, as always, I wanted to give a quick highlight to the top 5 posts! Here we go…

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The Color of the Month – With Big Chill!

Most of you have taken a peek into my kitchen before, right? Well, just in case you haven’t…

…welcome!

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That’s pretty much it! The pantry is on the left around the corner and the stove is on the right just past the fridge. I love the open space in the center – if I’m working on a big project, I’ll bring a table in and have tons of extra space!

You can tell by this photo that I like blue. Right?!

So when Big Chill challenged me to be a part of their Color of the Month project, and I found out that one of the Pantone Colors of the Year was Beach Blue, well, count me in! 

Now, if you haven’t visited Big Chill’s website, you simply HAVE to. They’re the ones that are responsible for those awesome retro appliances including stovesrefrigerators, microwaves, and many more, like the ones seen here:

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How to Properly Maintain Your Refrigerator

Did any of my momma-readers out there crave ICE when you were pregnant? It’s the weirdest thing! I don’t know if I want it because I need to be better at staying hydrated or I like the crunch or I like the cold, but ice is at the top of my cravings these days. You’d think that would be pretty easy to come by, except that our ice from our refrigerator/freezer does NOT taste good.

Am I really being this picky, I asked myself. Seriously, you have ice right here in the kitchen, just eat that! Why do you have to GO GET ice?! And then I realized why it wasn’t tasting so hot – our water filter needed to be replaced. Which got me thinking about making sure various household appliances are maintained…especially the refrigerator. 

A refrigerator is a very expensive piece of machinery. Therefore, you must be sure to take special care of it. This will ensure that it lasts for many years so you will not need to buy a new one. There are a number of ways you can go about doing this. The most important thing is to understand all of the details about the refrigerator you have purchased. Read through the owner’s manual. It is amazing how many people spend well over $1,000 on a fridge and have no idea how to properly take care of it because they are too lazy to read the owner’s manual (I’m pointing fingers at myself here!). Here are some of the best ways to keep your refrigerator running perfectly.

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1. Have the refrigerator serviced regularly

You most likely take your car to a professional mechanic on a regular basis to have the oil changed, the tires rotated and other various maintenance tasks performed. You do this to ensure that your car does not have any serious mechanical problems. The same logic should be applied to your refrigerator. It is similar to your car in that it is a machine that will break down if it is not properly cared for. Therefore, regular maintenance must be performed to ensure this does not happen. It would be wise to hire a professional refrigerator technician to take a look at your machine and make sure it is performing exactly as it should. The money that you will need to pay the technician will be a fraction of what it will cost to repair the fridge if it breaks down.

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