"It could go tomorrow or it could run 10 years," he said, shrugging his shoulders.
"Uhuh," I said inside me. Not good.
So we thanked him politely, paid him the service call and decided to purchase a new refrigerator. Our search was a quick one since we didn't have the inclination of shopping every day for food or eating out every day..
We ended up buying a Frigidaire refrigerator with top freezer and no ice maker from Lowes. We like making our own ice, and besides, we were told that the majority of the service repairs for refrigerators were for the ice makers.
We've shopped from Lowes before but this time, when our refrigerator came, during the unpackaging moment of "ahaha! Our refrigerator has arrived!" I noticed two white tapes stuck on the sides so I pulled them off and found two scratches underneath them running down the side of the refrigerator, about 8 inches long each. It was noticeable and apparently someone had tried to hide with a white tape? Huh? So we asked Lowes to replace it. Ok. That arrived two weeks later and with a five year warranty (we wanted to make sure we'd have a running appliance for a few years at least...).
Now, you probably thought we were snug and happy with our new refrigerator? Not quite. Having experienced the demise of the Maytag, I sensed the temperature in the refrigerator wasn't up to par. The thermometer showed the refrigerator was in the mid-50s and the freezer in the teens. That is a no-no. They should be around 40 degrees Fahrenheit and 4-5 degrees F, respectively. So I upped the thermostat from normal to a colder setting, thinking that would do it. The next day, it hadn't reached the setting, nor the next, nor the next. So tomorrow I'm expecting the appliance repair man to come. This time, if he says it needs a new compressor...wish us luck. Oh, and this model was "made in Mexico."
P.S. the previous repair man said they don't make refrigerators like they used to. In the past, they would run 20+ years. Not anymore..