March 4, 2015

A Range of Surprises

I had a toddler craft post planned for today but it isn't going to happen. The truth is, things have been crazy around here this week so I am behind.

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!

Now What
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!

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19 comments:

  1. Oh my lands I am so sorry range went out on you! I hope that you like the one and that the store will price match for you!

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  2. I used Consumer Reports and just bought the Samsung oven they reviewed that had absolutely NO down side at all. No negatives. Unheard of.

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  3. What a headache! We've been battling with our washing machine. One day it works and the next it gives us an error. I am so not ready to buy another! Good luck on your purchase.

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  4. That really stinks! We use our oven so much, I would be lost without it.

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  5. Ugh hate when that happens! At least you can enjoy a new range and back to normal cook times!

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  6. How awful!! I can't even imagine! I hope you find the perfect new one!

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  7. That is not an easy appliance to go without for long. I hope you find the perfect replacement!

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  8. Ours died last year and there's only one way we ever find out, turn it on and it doesn't work. While we waited for our I made grilled on the griddle, four corn dogs at a time in our little toaster oven, huge salads with cold meats and cheese :)

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  9. That would be a horrible thing...I'm so sorry your oven went out! Here's to a new, better one!

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  10. we were in the same situation few months back... over a week with no cooker... local take-outs made a small fortune on us ;-)

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  11. That's the worst! I hope your new one comes soon!

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  12. Man, I'm having appliance problems too. It's never at a good time.

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  13. That must have been scary indeed. I would have thought it would explode actually. Time for a new one indeed. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. When our house was built I went with builder grade, including the stove. I so wish I could have bought the one that has the smooth top. Regretting it!

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  15. having a much-needed appliance go bad is such an inconvenience. here is to a new range in the near future.

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  16. Seeing this with the positive eye you will be having a new range so congratulations!

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  17. Our oven went out. Really it still worked but the digital board fried, Took a weekbut I have a new one.

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  18. I hate it when our appliances go out and we have to find new ones. There is so much involved to get a new one. Congrats on the new pick :)

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  19. Ughhh sucks that happened!!! I would go nuts waiting for a new one since cooking is like my therapy and I do it 24/7!!!!

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