Six years ago we were forced to renovate our kitchen in the middle of the winter after water flowed in from the roof as a result of tremendous ice build-up that February. We used the opportunity to purchase a new stove and we decided to spend more than was necessary to get a higher-end convection oven in a model from KitchenAid:
We bought this stove from Sears in the spring of 2001, and we’ve always been very happy with it. Until last month, when it slowly stopped working. The stove-top elements have no problems. But the digital clock stopped displaying the time, and refused to allow itself to be set. Then the electronic touch controls that are used to drive the oven stopped working. First it was just some of the time, now it’s almost all the time.
Catherine had our excellent appliance man in to take a look, and his diagnosis was a problem with the wiring for the controls. It wasn’t something he could repair, either: we needed a whole new set of electronics. And the cost? $465.
With installation, that’s as much as it would cost, almost, to replace the stove entirely. And we could certainly get a slightly more modest stove and have money left over.
So now we’re faced with a decision: do we fork out the $600 and repair this stove, which will prevent the stove from ending up in the landfill and is the “green” thing to do. But in another 6 years might require we fork out the same amount again when the next set of controls fry. Or do we buy a whole new stove — probably not from KitchenAid! — and junk the old one — perhaps the more “sensible” thing to do.