So, we got home from Florida yesterday around 10 pm. When we got there, Mike opened the garage door and got out. I was still in the car and we both started smelling this awful smell! It smelled like something had died outside. As we walked through the garage, it started smelling stronger, and as we entered the basement, it was even worse! We thought that something had surely died there and was possibly in the wall. We couldn't really tell where it was coming from, but the whole basement smelled terrible! It even started to smell on the main level.
Well, after a little investigating, Mike discovered that it was our freezer....our practically brand-new, just-OVER-a-year-old freezer. It had stopped working. It was running, just not cooling. We realized that we hadn't opened it in at least 2 weeks and had been smelling something for at least that long, but very faintly. (We thought it might be the kitty litter box, even though Mike cleaned it out several times.) So, Mike emptied the freezer and got it out of the house. By then, the smell had wafted throughout the entire house, and what's worse? We had a huge, I mean huge (like 25 lbs) bag of coffee beans in there. The coffee seems to be ok, but the smell throughout the house is like rotted coffee! So while we were at the grocery store today and passed by the coffee aisle, I thought I was going to be sick from the smell! And, you may notice in some of these pictures that our windows are open to air out the house even though it's 86* outside. That's actually pretty good because while we were in Florida it was 104* here!
So, what do you do with a freezer that's not working and is just out of the year warranty? Any suggestions? We haven't checked to see how much it will cost to get it fixed. Surely that will be cheaper than buying another one!
This is Mike trying to scare me into not taking his picture by telling me to look at the HUGE moth that is behind me. I didn't fall for it....
Here we have the basement door open with a fan blowing out trying to air it out.
We also lit candles all over to help cover up the smell.
Here is our bag of coffee when we got it just a month ago.