Our Oven has Gone POOF
I noticed that the oven took longer to heat up than usual (by about 20 minutes) over the past week. Then the banana breads I mentioned on Facebook took almost three hours to bake -- yet one was still mushy and the other the bottom didn't bake. A tested the oven and noticed the element wasn't getting red, yet did later when I tried. The next day I tried to preheat the oven, only for it never to get past warm even after an hour. Shutting it off led it to heat to 395. I knew it was gone at that point.
|It was nice knowing ya, range!|
And it Took the Stove Along
But we still have a stove, right? Wrong. M2 asked for pancakes for breakfast. I put the griddle on to heat up. When I came back, the heat radiated as far as four feet away. The burner was so hot I could barely manage to get the now-discolored griddle off. Standing two feet away it felt like I was in front of a wide-open oven set to 500. The burner wasn't even on high! And the smell, oh, the smell. The horrible this-is-way-too-hot-OMG smell of ick. The top was changing to a lovely rainbow pattern from the heat to boot (we have glass). There's no way I'm even attempting to use the stove after that! Though, it would make a fun game of "Will it not heat up? Not turn on? Or get so hot the devil would sweat?" Place your bets, folks! Gather 'round and maybe you'll see it explode!
I spent the day quickly researching ranges. Looking at the websites I thought there is an error. The same range seems to appear over and over and over. Yet, the prices and model numbers are different. Nope, not the same. Just confusingly look the same so I can't keep track of which I look at, compare, don't like, etc. Did you know there are now double oven ranges? And that convection is pretty much standard? At least I know I want a smooth top with buttons on the back. Eventually, with keeping a few browser windows open, I figured it out. The choices are narrowed down and I think I found a good deal.
Please Come Quickly, New Range
Tomorrow is going to be spent at the store being sure I like the one I think I will like, trying to get the store who delivers faster to price match, checking the dent-and-scatch pile for a good deal, and arranging for a new range to be delivered. Hopefully this week, as Mama needs to cook! Tonight was pizza. I cheated. Sadly, that trick only works once so I'll need to come up with something I can make in the microwave and on a griddler tomorrow.
You can pretty much count on seeing a review for our new range soon!