Homeowner Hassle

How long is a major appliance supposed to last? It’s a question every homeowner has asked, hopefully not too frequently.

Unfortunately, that has been the case with my refrigerator. It’s less than 3 years old. Luckily, there wasn’t much in there.

Last September, there was trouble with the control board, whatever that is. That was while I had the flu and was planning to leave my teaching job. Not a happy time. (By the way, friends in news, I’m still looking everyday!)

Now, the problem is apparently the heater. Yes, the fridge has a heater! And the heater the repairmen brought with them is too small.

So my advice? Make sure you have a warranty. A long one. My fridge is a big Whirlpool and 3 years without a problem shouldn’t be too much to ask.

My refrigerator. Notice the towel for leaks underneath.

About the author

The journalism “business” has changed — from standards to platforms to layoffs — along with the American public, and I’ve managed to survive somewhat on my own terms.

I started in 1994, becoming an award-winning and respected TV newscast producer.

Even better was creatively producing websites and social media, and serving as a station's digital media manager — writing news, creating graphics and getting evidence of growing my audience here in the nation's fourth largest market, Philadelphia.

I also taught first grade for eight years. My principal saw my class website and made me electronic gradebook manager to assist co-workers when we stopped using paper gradebooks.

In 2018, I took courses and earned the Google IT Support Professional Certificate.

In 2019, I was a freelance newspaper reporter, but enjoyed copy editing and reviving the publication’s social media even more.

That got me striking out on my own with a local news website to join the blog I created, designed and write.

Ask me about all the details.

I did drive Uber to make ends meet until I started as a customer service representative at one of the world’s largest web-hosting companies, with more than 8 million customer contracts and hosting more than 12 million domains.

With classroom and newsroom experience, I know how to prioritize, analyze and take the best course of action. Getting results means attention to detail, following through and following up.

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