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    OK, Help... sob sob

    I bought a new fridge since the old one in my furnished flat was giving me shocks from the outside.

    It worked perfectly. It is stainless and gorgeous. We were happy. I could have company for dinner. I could freeze food.

    Life was good.

    Friday it stopped cooling

    I thought maybe Rosaria (may she be blessed) had maybe just turned the temp down while cleaning so I turned it up and waited. Saturday no ice. But the motor is humming the light is on.

    No answer, natch at the phone listed on the receipt for Ferreterria Americana.

    So Monday I go over to see them.

    And they say they will send a repair person.

    We are now, what, Thursday?
    (I will skip the steps those of you who live here know them, )

    Now of course, they only give a month's guarantee. And they say it needs gas. which they will come and give it on Saturday.

    And then I should put the fridge on a dedicated circuit surge protector or something

    (never mind that they themselves plugged it into the wall and could easily have sold me whatever it was that they say i needed to protect the precious)

    not that we get lots of blackouts here
    but he says it is from a the black outs

    could it be?
    is it?
    what sort of gizmo am I supposed to buy?

    I am weepy

    oh my beautiful new fridge

    of course everyone is so just so very really nice about it all and it is hard to really get angry with anyone because it is never ever anyone's fault.... really,,, no one's fault...

    what exactly am I supposed to buy?

    and what happened do you supposed to leak the coolant out of the beautiful new fridge?

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    Now of course, they only give a month's guarantee.
    What?

    I bought a new fridge and it was guaranteed for ONE YEAR.


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    Default one year for repairs one month for exchange

    Quote Originally Posted by SantiagoDR View Post
    What?

    I bought a new fridge and it was guaranteed for ONE YEAR.


    SantiagoDR
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    you have a month to exchange
    they will do the repairs free for a year

    now if they have to keep doing repairs free for a year
    and it at the end of a year

    well we will see what happens
    but i have been googling this
    and of course most of the info is from the states where they don't have black outs and so i don't know if this sort of problem comes from blackouts

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    I would doubt it, otherwise thousands, if not millions of Dominicans would have broken fridges.

    The one I have in my 2nd house is 2 years old, no protection what so ever on it.
    I'm betting this is the same with many Dominicans.

    A dedicated circuit surge protector probably would not hurt.
    It really depends on where you live and how safe the voltage is there.

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    thanks that's what i figured

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    Hi Annie,
    I'm no sparky but power surges can effect electrical items and you can get a surge protector which I guess just smooth out the ups and downs as the power comes and goes. I'm not sure how that could effect the gas but as I said I'm no electrician. You can get the protectors in many electrical & computor shops.

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    I would also suggest that you make sure that the wiring in your place has a "SOLID" Earth ground. If something happens, like stupid Electric employees leaving off the ground connection when working on the circuits, you are better protected.

    I had my houses built and sure enough the construction electricians did not bother to put in an Earth ground.

    I told the engineer to get it done!

    Many on here have told horror stories of everything frying in their homes because of improper grounds.

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    And you can't sue them because you have "no grounds" groan!!!!!!!!!! Sorry!!!!!

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    Well it is not my house, it is just a rental apartment in an old condo and I am completely sure that whatever should be there, is not.

    So I will get something....

    Can you advise me what it is that I should get..

    ok now don't laugh because now that fridge is plugged into one of those things that make a three plug go into a two plug wall plug

    And it was the guys from the appliance store that hooked it up

    this guy mentioned something with a light?
    he is not talking about a simple power strip is he?

    like the ones that decorate my office like christmas tree lights?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainannie View Post
    .... ok now don't laugh because now that fridge is plugged into one of those things that make a three plug go into a two plug wall plug .....
    Whoa, that place definitely has old wiring.
    Must be a pretty old condo.

    At La Sirena, etc in the electronic section they sell "boxes" that are designed for refrigerators.

    Like for my modem, etc here, I have an AVTEX "Regulator para Computadoras"
    Not sure if it would like being hooked to a two-wire electric system.


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