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I give up, I
tell you. I give up. I'm sure everyone has things that go wrong, but I
seem to attract problems like the living room sofa attracts cat hair.
When the kitchen range stops working, it is aggravating, especially
when said kitchen range is only three years old. Warranty? Ha, does
anything every stop working while it is under warranty? It's a long
story, but it is not as if I have anything else to do, like make
dinner or bake a cake.
You may recall that several years ago my old kitchen
range went off like the Fourth of July, throwing sparks across the
kitchen. It was time for a new stove. Appliances now have ceramic
cooktops, touch-pad buttons, and ovens that are self-cleaning.
"This might not be such a bad thing," I thought, as I looked
at a gleaming stainless-steel model. Soon one of the fancy
ranges was in my kitchen and I was a happy housewife… until a few
It was the large burner that I use the most that quit
working. Then the rest of them quit too. Apparently, they don't make
appliances like they used to, but at least there were no fireworks
this time. The repair guy came, and I coughed up the money for an
estimate. He told me it would be expensive to fix it and he was not
exaggerating, $525. He had to replace not only the burner, but the
control panel, whatever that is.
At that price, I might as well buy a new one. My
3-years-old stove had already gone out twice and chances were it would
do it again. "This is a bad brand," the repairman said;
"We have a lot of trouble with them. They don't make them like
they used to." (I knew it!)
Since I had to get a new stove, I thought I would
change to gas. I like cooking with gas and it doesn't seem nearly as
prone to breakdowns. I called the gas company to install a gas line
and was told they didn't do that; I needed to call a plumber. Of
course, why would I expect the GAS Company to install a GAS line?
The plumber put us on his calendar (Plumbers are very
busy.) and we continued to microwave, use a crock pot, and eat out.
Eating out was getting expensive. The plumber's estimate was free, but
the gas line would be almost a thousand dollars. "Gas is not
cheap," he said. On top of that, I needed an electric plug behind
the stove and, of course, a new range. I was looking down the throat
of two thousand dollars.
I decided to stick to an electric range whether I
liked it or not. But I would go to a different store and get a
different brand without the fancy electronics. Unfortunately, they all
have at least some electronic controls nowadays. I selected the most
unsophisticated one I could find.
The delivery service came to install it. "Mum,
something is wrong with your plug. It is not working right." That
figures. Did the range cause the plug to go bad, or did the plug cause
the range to go bad? Might as well ask which came first the chicken or
After three days of calling every electrician in the
phone book, (Electricians are very busy) I finally found one who
answered the phone. He came this morning. It was the breaker. I
had tried resetting it, but it seems there were two breakers instead
of one -- another service charge for nothing.
Now my crock pot has gone haywire too. What is it with
me and appliances? I give up, I tell you; I give up.