Amongst all the chaos in the world, a everyday standard curve-ball thrown my way: my fridge broke down on the weekend.
Okay – drag out the esky and buy a bag of ice (no I’m not going to a party) and save what food I can. Lucky I’m not a big hoarder of food, so not too much was wasted.
The old fridge had lasted almost 12 years, so when it conked out, I was inclined to look for a new one rather than try and wangle a repair in this pandemic-constrained world.
Online shopping makes it easy to filter by the myriad of different models. This time, my priorities came down to, in order of priority:
- in stock for immediate (well, next day) delivery
- roughly the same size, in the region of 400-450 litres
- well-rated by customers and/or Choice
- good rating for energy efficiency
- freezer on bottom – I missed having this – it might yet save my back
- perhaps stainless steel this time, to go with the dishwasher
Appliances Online will deliver next business day, unless it’s ordered on a weekend, in which case it’s Tuesday. Retravision, where I bought the last one, no longer trades in Victoria. The Good Guys is local, and usually very price competitive, and I might have been able to borrow a stationwagon to bring it home myself, but unfortunately had nothing suitable in stock.
Eventually I couldn’t find anything which met all the criteria, but got most and AO’s Tuesday delivery, and ended up with a 402 litre Mitsubishi fridge which is white not stainless steel (because only white was in stock), and isn’t the most energy efficient, with 3.5 stars (348 kWh/year) – but that’s still better than the old one with 2.5 stars (474 kWh/year for almost the same size).
The longer-than-usual 5 year warranty (10 on the compressor) was a bonus.
I was planning to renovate the kitchen sometime this year. That may be delayed due to external circumstances, but it seems step one is done.