Saving Big Bucks on the Freezer

September 2nd, 2009

What a great weekend!  In the Turbo-Mom household, we had a great weekend.  We fixed 3 appliances without having to call in a handyman!

The first challenge was the freezer.  Big thanks are owed to www.repairclinic.com (a Turbo-Mom Top 10 website) who correctly diagnosed our problem (bad gear in the ice maker) and who was also prompt in getting us our new part (took only 2 days to receive it!).  With 15 minutes and a pair of pliers, the old ice maker was out, the new ice maker was in, and now we have ice cubes again!  A new ice maker set us back $100, but had we called a repairman, it would have been at least triple.

The next challenge was fixing the washing machine, since for the past couple of months, the fabric softener compartment wasn’t draining. After unscrewing the lid and peeking around, we poked at the valve and tested the electrical connection.  And then I took a toothpick and poked at the holes where the water pushes through to move the fabric softener.  Not sure what happened but FINALLY the fabric softener is draining again.

Last challenge was replacing the ceiling fan in my son’s room.  After attempting to simply changing a fuse and not fixing the problem, we sprung for a new fan at Lowe’s.  And yes, the $20 model (including light!) is really very good.  Minimal hum, and much better than the more expensive fan it replaced.  Yay!

Copyright 2008-2009 Kristin Delfau, author of Turbo-Mom's Guide to Saving Money Without Wasting Time a womens' personal finance book, and Aji Publishing.

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