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.