Update 10: Appliance Fail

This summer has been the summer of appliance failure.  First, our water heater died.  And unfortunately, we didn’t tell the plumber to get one that will get us the tax breaks and the rebate from the utility company, but it works really well.  Then, over the weekend, I was supposed to make something for a party.  It was supposed to bake for 30-40 minutes at 350.  When I opened the oven at 30 minutes, it wasn’t done, so I left it in for another 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes, I opened the oven and it felt practically cold, even though I’d cranked it up to 400 (to speed things up).  We probably could have replaced a part and been fine, but we have the world’s cheapest oven.  I looked it up: new it’s the cheapest one Sears sells.  The contractor who remodeled the house put in really cheap materials.  We replaced the dishwasher almost immediately because we couldn’t watch tv and run the dishwasher at the same time, or have a conversation, or do anything where you needed to be able to hear.  So yesterday, we trucked over to Sears after consulting Consumer Reports (who don’t really like any of the gas stoves anyone makes) and bought a new oven.  We got a mid-priced one that has a couple more features than the one we have–a warming drawer and convection, yay!

But damn, appliances are supposed to last 20 years, yes?  We’ve replaced two in less than 7 (and they were new 7 years ago).  One of these days, I want a dream kitchen with professional appliances, but until then, I don’t want to have to replace them.  And please don’t let the refrigerator fail; we like it.

4 Replies to “Update 10: Appliance Fail”

  1. I was appalled when we had to replace our washer two years ago and the service man (from Sears too) told me that they used to make washing machines that lasted 15,20 years, but that now they are DESIGNED to last 7 or 8 years and that we should be glad that ours had lasted 8 years. (in Brazil my mom has had the same washer, with various repairs, obviously, for 35 years and it still works just fine).

    Manufacturers make that ON PURPOSE these days. And furthermore replacing the parts costs the same as getting a new one. Isn’t that outrageous? And the guy TOLD me that as matter-of-factly as anything else he was saying. So depressing. I wish we rebel or do something about, but I guess this is just how capitalism works. And all that shiny still new metal, only 8 years old, has to be scrapped. Just that some rich folks may make even more money when we buy yet another machine. Hopeless and helpless, that’s how I feel.

    I haven’t had a refrigerator break on us yet, maybe those are made to last a little longer. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you guys, but maybe you should be on the lookout ;-).

  2. Wow, that is insane to have to replace your stove so quickly! I’m glad you found a decent upgrade and I hope it lasts a lot longer.

  3. P.S. I came back to say I really like the new looks of your blog. I’m very much into colorful polka dots right now ;-).

  4. Our fridge is making me very nervous these days– weird grumbly noises from time to time and a sporadically suspicious drop in inner temperature….

    and I’m with Lilian–love the new look!

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