Good morning everyone.
About a month ago, I went to warm up a cup of coffee in our new-ish (about 6 months old) microwave, and after pressing the “start” button, instead of the hum of RF radiation being emitted, there was a sudden loud buzzing sound, much like a stuck garbage disposal. After the unit did its countdown and shut off, my coffee was still cold. Drat the luck, now this microwave was broken.
As it was still under warranty, we called the manufacturer who shall remain unnamed (it was Samsung), and after much dicking around through various departments, we were able to get the number of our local repair service. Before this, I had offered to try my hand at solving what was most likely a simple repair, and started fumbling for my #2 phillips screwdriver, when suddenly everything went black. When I regained consciousness, I was on the couch with a roaring headache and She Who Must Be Obeyed was in mid-tirade, the subject of which was that I was never to approach any of her appliances with the intent of “fixing” it, lest I get smacked with a skillet again because she was tired of telling me.
Anyway, we called the repair service and the soonest they could come out was two weeks from Monday (this was Wednesday). Evidently we are the only owners of this unnamed brand of appliance (Samsung) that were having difficulties with them. So we started trying to go about our business without a microwave.
As far as I can tell, most normal households own a microwave oven and have for many years (no, I’m not talking about you, mdharrell). As a consequence of this, there are a lot of convenient foodstuffs at our markets that we buy and fill our freezers with (excepting Dr. Harrell). When you don’t have a working microwave, however, these convenient foods suddenly become very inconvenient, and meal preparations can become rather challenging to some. Like my youngest son who lives on Hot Pockets, frozen Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, instant noodles, and taquitos.
But we coped and waited. Finally the repairmen arrived, dismounted the microwave from above the stove, disassembled the unit and replaced what appeared to be the transformer and magnetron (or whatever they’re called in microwave ovens these days). Upon testing, the microwave made the same loud buzzing sound and still did not function. At this point they were out of options and skills, so they had to take the unit back to their shop for more tinkering. For at least a week, they said. Now, not only do we no longer have a working microwave, we also no longer have an exhaust fan for the stove. Just lovely.
At this point, She Who Must Be Obeyed had had enough, and directed me to located a countertop microwave for us to buy so that she could bloody well get on with things. So that’s what we did. Our supposedly repaired microwave is scheduled to be returned today (after 2 weeks in the shop), and it might even work again, but we’re ready if it doesn’t.
So, devoted reader(s), what appliance is the biggest pain in the ass for you to be without, and when was the last time it happened? Also too, how did you cope with the loss?
image stolen from rsvphomecare.com