Saturday, September 1, 2007
The Last Dying Gasp of the Microwave
My appliances are conspiring against me. First it was the waffle maker, then blender, now the microwave. I was heating some food, I walked in to another room and I heard a loud ZZZZZTTTTT sound. I came back to the kitchen and the microwave was dark. I was hoping it just tripped a circuit but no, the circuits were fine.
It is an 8 year old microwave. I don't know how long microwaves live but I think 8 years is pretty good. It cost $100 so that's $12.50 a year. I have a built-in microwave in my RV and an old microwave that I bought from a friend. So I don't need a microwave personally but I can't rent out a furnished house without a microwave. How stone-age. Unfortunately, the old microwave isn't nice enough to go in my rental house. The display doesn't work so I have to guess how much time is left on its timer. I will have to buy a new one.
I have checked Sears, Walmart and Best Buy online. Best Buy had the best price. A one cubic foot model on sale for $65. The two other stores had .7 and .8 cuft models close to that price. I will check Big Lots before I go to Best Buy just in case they have one. I looked at Craig's List online and there were 4 for sale but 3 were above the stove models and one was really old.
I have decided that the blender and the waffle maker will not be replaced yet unless I find a great deal around $10. Hopefully my guests will not want waffles. I put some oil around the cracks of the spinning blender blades and it seems to be working better. I think the motor was having a hard time trying to spin the blades.
Hopefully I won't have any other unexpected appliance emergencies before my guest arrive.