This morning I slept in till almost 9:30 only because Yuma woke me up at 5:30 to go outside. 😕 Another nice day coming up with only a breeze today and not the strong winds of the last couple days.
Had my two cups of coffee and 12 crackers but skipped the cereal and went straight to my half grapefruit and mandarin. I'm anxious to see how my fridge is going to do today. I left it off for 24 hours at 11:30 this morning hoping it would be defrosted.
A number of you wondered why a frost free refrigerator would need to be defrosted. Here's the story I found when I googled "fans stopping on newer Samsung refrigerator".
The heating element in the newer Samsung double door fridges was made too small to prevent the cooling coils from freezing. There is a part on Amazon with a replacement part that is much larger that will permanently fix the problem. When the ice collects enough, the cooling fan right in front of the coils starts hitting the ice and at first makes noise then stops altogether.
I cleaned out the fridge and turned it on at 11:30 and waited, hoping it would not make noise and get up to the set temperature. Sure enough the fridge works perfectly. In fact, later in the day I noticed the fridge was running much less to keep temperature and that saves on battery power.
As for the batteries, with the solar panels charging them I was getting 13.6 or higher voltage. With my older batteries I rarely was able to get 12.8 when charging. Glad I replaced the batteries. See how they do tonight.
Nick, Yuma and I stuck around today to clean up all the tools and get the bays in order. It feels so good to done with the latest significant emergencies - inverter and fridge. Without them we would be in a world of hurt. Now I can return to the little things that need fixing around here.
As the sun set we grilled hotdogs and are enjoying three hours of Chicago Med, Fire and PD. This will certainly test my battery power tonight.
During my spare time today I was deciding when to leave for Quartzsite. As you know, the play-offs are this weekend and most of the games are on local channels. Currently that is Yuma. I'm afraid if I move to Quartzsite before the weekend I won't be able to pick up any local channels on my antenna. With that fear, I decided not to leave until Monday or Tuesday of next week.
Let you know tomorrow how the batteries held up. Thanks for stopping by.