We have a really nice, good decorator that we've used for years.. He's a local man and does painting for many of our neighbours and friends. He's painted our utility room today, which involved moving our fridge freezer out of an alcove & back in again.
This evening there is a slow leak at the bottom of the f/f
The wood floor will be covered up with tiles in a few weeks, so I've just put some absorbent cloths down to try & minimise any damage to the floor.
The f/f's a large Bosch frost free one, about 10+ years old, but is in really good condition, doesn't ice up etc, and I thought it would still have loads of life left in it.
How would you approach this with him? Or would you just not say anything and wait/hope he will notice and mention it himself? He's coming back tomorrow to complete the painting. I won't be here when he arrives as I'll be at work, but DH will be here. I am a total chicken and hate confrontations of any sort, they make me feel sick
My dh (who is a decorater) has liability insurance to cover things like this. I'm sure he should too. I'd be looking to see if there is someone who can fix fridges it could just be some things been disconnected?
Can you find out discreetly whether he has insurance? If he's just a local 'handy man with van' type he may not have.
To be honest, if you like him and he's good value for money, I'd consider sucking it up and claiming on your contents insurance. If the fridge freezer is over 10 years old, it may have been waiting for an opportunity to pack up. (But find out if he has insurance first!)
Looking back I agree with the point about moving it ourselves, that would have been the best idea. Clarence I think you are probably closest to my instinctive reaction on this - suck it up and consider replacing anyway. We have an small excess on our accidental damage cover, but my main concern is that our premium might rise in June when we renew, because of the claim.
I mentioned it to him in a text ('a mysterious leak has appeared') and I asked him to get DH to help move it yesterday, but then the leak mysteriously dried up so who knows what happened. We're getting the flooring company to move 5 appliances for us when they come in a few weeks, so I'm going to check with them about insurance etc.