The Regression of Refrigerator Design: I bought my first appliance, my refrigerator, in 2000. It is now 2011. Basic math indicates almost 11 years have passed since I signed those papers, leading one to believe progress should have been made. The fridges of today should waste their 11 year old counterparts. Instead, it appears to have gone BACKWARDS.
So maybe this is my unnatural emotional attachment to an inanimate object talking but…
In August of 2000 I bought my first house, frustrated with the renting policies in my college town. It lacked one thing: a refrigerator.
I hunted for weeks, looking for just the right one, spending more in one place than I ever had before.
It was exactly what I wanted.
Fast forward to New Years Eve, 2010. THIS HAPPENS, providing me with perfect “what the frak” Friday material.
CG, the magic Mr. Fix-It Husband managed to fix it several days later – all the repair people “on holiday” for the long weekend.
Then we move forward to June.
I open my fridge.
I notice my ice cream is soupy, the pop ice is completely liquid, and the Eggos aren’t blocks of ice.
The freezer is only slightly colder than the fridge side – only pure water will freeze.
I call the most awesome appliance repair person ever (if you live in Austin area, I HIGHLY recommend him).
The news isn’t good.
“Your compressor is dying. You should just buy a new fridge.”
“But…. but… I LOVE this fridge. I brought this with me from Iowa, I love it so much. It has my cold milk storage!”
He makes a call.
“They will fix it for you, but you’re looking at it costing $750-$1000 to have it done, and there is no guarantee a $10 part won’t break in a few months that the manufacturer no longer carries.”
I sigh, not wanting to let go. “I’ll look at the new ones.”
I use two hours – while the awesome Bobbi stays with a sleeping Lil Diva – to haul The Tackler with me to: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Conn’s, Best Buy, and Sears.
They were quick trips.
NONE of them had one even close to what I wanted.
- The classic “beverage chiller” (i.e. cold milk storage) which is my favorite feature? Removed from designs.
- Split top shelving to adjust for tall or short items? Nonexistent.
- Three drawers with a chiller (two for produce, one for meats)?Only in the designs with bottom freezers – just a BAD IDEA when you have a 20 month old who would open and remove the contents of your freezer. Otherwise the drawer I use for meat still exists, in theory, but with no ventilation, meaning the meat would be the warmest part of the fridge.
The three design features I love – no more.
What the frak?
I am left at a loss.
How is it this appliance has gone BACKWARDS?
In eleven years computer hard drives have gone from 60 GB being “huge” to over a terabyte being “huge”.
In eleven years Blue Ray and 3-D movies showed up, and the iPod touch and smartphones changed our connectivity to the world.
And while it isn’t progress, gas has gone from UNDER a $1 in 2000 to almost $4 in 2011.
The world changes.
Usually progressing with technology advances and inflation.
Except with refrigerators.
It is impossible to locate an extra chilled compartment in a refrigerator for your milk, needed because when you don’t have one the milk tastes nasty after two days – thanks to being the most used item and thus located in the front and warmest part of the fridge.
And so I watch as my beloved appliance dies, ready to pay the exorbitant repair cost and have it with me a little while longer, praying the appliance companies pull their heads out of their a$$es before it fully dies.
Better then settling for something I’ll hate.
I’m not ready to say good-bye.
Is that weird?
Have you found technology regression anywhere else? Did you have a “what the frak?” moment this week?