Another Unexpected Expense

That Kenmore electric range, right there in the photo, that we bought new in 2017, just blew the mother board in the back. Just. Like. The. Last. One. I’m done with Kenmore. We were getting ready to heat up the chicken pot pies from CJ’s for our dinner last night, the oven was on preheat, we had driven out to the road to put out the trash and when we came back in the house every light that was on the control screen was lit up at once and there was smoke in the oven. Crap!

We couldn’t get it to turn off, just like with the last range when the right front burner wouldn’t turn off, so Brad threw the breaker to turn it off, waited a few minutes and turned it back on. I reset the clock and turned the oven back on and put the pies in. We had preheated the oven to 400° before Brad threw the breaker. When I turned it back on it was already set at 350° so I left it and put the pies in. Half an hour later they were barely warm inside. They should have been bubbling hot.

We turned off the range, threw the breaker again and finished heating the pies in the microwave. At first I was very put out about it. Haven’t had the thing five years yet! Then I thought, fine. I want a stainless, single oven, self-cleaning, convection, smooth top Whirlpool range. And I found one online at Home Depot. Of course, it isn’t in stock and there is no telling how long we will have to wait for one. If it’s going to be weeks or months then we’ll contact Sears and get them to come out and replace the part like the last time with the previous range. Last time it was a ‘known issue’ with the manufacturer so it didn’t cost us anything to have the part replaced.

Brad doesn’t mind spending the money and we can finally replace the last Kenmore appliance in the house. I loved my first Kenmore washer/dryer set that we bought in 1989 when this house was built. We had them for 20 years before the dryer began giving us problems, replaced the set with GE appliances and hated them. The washer kept going out. Three times. Same thing. Again, a ‘known issue’ that they just waited til something went wrong and would replace a part. I kept complaining, we bought them at Sears, and finally I got hold of someone who would listen and explained what was going on and he told me not to worry. He said to go to the local store and pick out ANY washer I wanted, make and model didn’t matter, and they’d make it right.

I decided to go with Maytag and I’m glad I did. It’s a great washer. Unfortunately, I’m still stuck with the blooming GE dryer. It works. But it makes weird noises and I hate the placement of the lint trap. And the timer isn’t reliable. We were planning on replacing the GE dryer with a Maytag to go with the washer and now we have to replace the blooming kitchen range! ARRGGHHH!

Oh, well. It’s nothing a thousand or so dollars won’t fix. Again. Actually, a Maytag dryer probably won’t be that expensive, but it seems like every appliance we’ve had to replace in the last year has cost us at least $1,200. Plus tax. But we have a Whirlpool fridge and dishwasher now. The dishwasher is running right now and it’s a muted, rhythmic sound that can put you to sleep in about ten minutes if you’re already tired! The fridge has the freezer on the bottom, which we love. It’s perfect for the two of us.

So, I’ll not be put out about it. I’ll think about getting rid of the big black kitchen range and replacing it with a stainless range. Which reminds me, we need a new vent a hood. We still have the original white one from when the house was built and we had a white Kenmore range. And I don’t want another vent a hood that only has a filter. I want one that is properly vented thru the roof. See? It’s nothing that money won’t fix. Again.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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