A few weeks ago we left on a Friday morning to go to San Mateo, to babysit the tiny grandchildren. The microwave oven, seen here, was working just fine. Terry heated his coffee, added it to his travel mug, and we were on our way.
Came home late Saturday. Turned on the microwave to heat some soup after our three hour drive, and got a buzzing sound. For anything we tried on the oven, we got a buzzing sound–light, fan, cooking unit. We would be gone the following week so decided to call a repairman after we returned, hoping that maybe the oven would magically fix itself.
Not only had the oven not fixed itself by the time the repairman came, he could not fix it either. The main circuit board had died, after only 10 years. He doubted the availability of such a replacement, and if he could order one, it would take a month to get. Also, it would cost around $400 for all repairs. The microwave only cost around $700 when new.
So, Terry started researching. That was disappointing. They don’t make this particular oven any more. They are also not as powerful. 1000 watts is about the strongest one can find. What happened to 1100 watts? Even the sales lady at Clovis Appliance couldn’t tell him. Finally, yesterday, he ordered the replacement. It’s similar, but not exact. It is a whole lot cheaper. Only around $350. How is that possible? Oh, I guess it’s all made in another country now. GE has abandoned America?
I’ll update you in a week or so when the new one is in place. Until then, I am using my cooktop and oven a lot more. Or just not making certain things, like coconut cream pie. Was all ready to make one yesterday when I realized I needed the microwave to cook the filling. I’ve not done it on the stove in so long, I wouldn’t know how.