Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Waiting on a Refrigerator Repair Window

So, here we are, 13 days later, still in the Turks and Caicos.  Are we waiting for weather?? Unfortunately, no!  We are waiting for a "refrigerator repair window"!  Our refrigerator is on the blink and we are waiting for a refrigerator repairman to assess the problem.  We had to get refrigerant added before we left the Bahamas.  Now, our freezer will not cool down below 32 degrees, so we obviously have a slow leak somewhere in the system.  We have been trying to get this problem sorted out since 12/6, two days after our arrival here.  We have had two different companies send out two different workmen to tell us "they were on a big job and they could help us and would be back soon".  We have learned that "soon" around here means "maybe never". Right now as I write this, I am waiting on the refrigerator man. 

Oh my! Stop the presses! One of the aforementioned "refrigerator men" has actually arrived in the marina and actually set foot on our boat.  I had already decided that I was going to be very nice, because this guy had actually been sick instead of just jacking us around like the other guy. Emigdio has arrived!

Now, before we get started, just a quick diagram to illustrate what exactly is going on regarding boat refrigeration knowledge on our sailboat this afternoon:
However, this illustration does NOT in any way prevent me (of the "those who do not get it" category) from asking inane questions to those in the "those who get it" category.  Which mainly means Emigidio because, after 34 years of marriage, LA has become tired of inane questions and he is more than happy to turn the reins over to another man... even if it is only one hour.
All the fascinating dials and hoses that "inquiring minds" (me) want to know about....
 However, Emigdio, also being married for a long time (20 years), has also become tired of inane questions and he had no intention of "pinch hitting" for LA in this situation.  Of course, he was too much of gentleman to not answer my questions. He was very diplomatic, but this situation caused him to work like greased lightning.... Faster than he ever had before... Fortunately for Emigdio, he diagnosed the problem as a leak in the high pressure fitting, which he promptly fixed.  He added refrigerant to the system and solved our problem. (For now, anyway... if this doesn't work out you will be sure to hear about it on a future blog). 

Emigdio, plotting his escape

So, only one hour and only $95 later, we were presented our bill and Emigdio left our boat like a house on fire. 

Well, that's one way to get a repairman to "giddy up"! I'll have to remember this strategy for the future! Sure saves on repairmen who charge by the hour!


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wyattsailing said...

Thank you for your comment! One thing I have learned about cruising on a sailboat.... you gotta have a sense of humor! That's what they say about cruising... it's fixing your boat in exotic places!