Slow and Steady Wins the Race

24. May 2012 06:13

The gas range in my kitchen is 12 years old--younger than two of my kids.  Apparently, though, it's nearing the end of its useful life, which seems to be measured in dog years.

At least, that's how I'm comforting myself today after winding up $75 poorer from a wasted service call.

Two days ago, my stove just stopped working.  The oven would not turn on.  The burners would not turn on.  The light in the oven worked, as did the clock, but that was it.  Oven lights and clocks do not make dinner.  So I made an appointment with a repairman, who showed up right on time this morning, took the oven apart, and called out to where I was sitting in the other room:

"Uh, ma'am...your stove's possessed."

The oven was very cooperatively heating up, and the burners also lit with no trouble.  Naturally.  It's just like when you take your sick child to the pediatrician and mysteriously she no longer has a fever, or when your car stops making that funny noise as soon as you bring it to the mechanic.

The repairman explained that stoves don't last much more than 12 years, and that it wouldn't be worth it to invest in the parts necessary to make sure it would last another 12--for the money, I could have a whole new stove.  My best bet, he said, was to live with this one a while longer until it absolutely stopped working.

Meanwhile, I'm just going to start relying more and more on small appliances like my slow cooker.  BONUS:  they run on electricity, so if they break, I won't be in danger of blowing up the whole house.

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