A somewhat comedic but expensive lesson in progressive failure happened on Friday (though was not really noticed until Saturday). We were all together watching movies for a number of hours and when I went to do "lights out" after sending the kids to bed I discovered the fridge wide-open. My middle child apparently went in it for something and didn't close it I closed it and thought nothing further until I heard my wife talking about something being bad in the fridge Saturday morning. I came downstairs and sure enough the fridge was pretty bloody warm and the freezer was, while cold, above freezing. Great. The compressor was running constantly and so I fired up the old deep freeze that came with the house that we never bothered to get rid of and transplanted everything from the fridge into my beer fridge. So the next step was of course fridge shopping. My wife loves KitchenAid for whatever reason, so despite the Maytag twin being $100 less, we ended up with a stainless KitchenAid with the bottom roll-out freezer. They delivered it, took the old one away, we waited about an hour until it was sufficiently cool and then transplanted everything back. Later that evening when I did my rounds I came into the kitchen and it was eerily quiet. The fridge wasn't running. Interesting. Woke up this AM, went into the kitchen, same thing, the fridge was not running. It was at that point I realized how far gone the old girl had really been. The compressor on it was running far more often than it wasn't. Near the end it was probably running close to 24/7. My son's absent mindedness really just chimed the final death knell for it, but it was already on the porch, just hadn't taken the time to walk through the door. It had gotten to that point so slowly that I hadn't noticed. I'm expecting this is going to have a pretty noticeable effect on my hydro bill as well, as I'm sure there's been a not-so-insignificant cost associated with that old girl running full-bore almost all of the time.