I got a call this morning from the repairman at the local family-owned appliance dealer's.
It'll cost me almost $200 to replace the wonky thermostat in my oven. Maybe more.
That is, if anyone can sell them a thermostat for a going-on-eleven-year-old stove.
If they can't get the part, I get to buy a new stove.
Sorry, I mean, I'll have to buy a new stove.
I admit it: I'd really like the excuse to buy this Frigidaire. You know, the one with the cool (or should I say, hot) convection oven converter feature and the regular, medium, and high-powered burners, the big honking oven window, and all the other bells and whistles.
I've been on-line researching prices on the models I saw there, as well as dropping round in person to my local Lowe's, Sear's, and Home Depot. And the price at the family-owned shop is the best going, especially factoring in free delivery, set-up, and haul-away.
But I have no business buying a new stove. I'm still not working full time and my income is drastically limited. Even paying to get the one I have fixed ain't exactly in the budget.
If it's a junker, I really ought to be sensible and get an ultra-cheap pedestrian model with manual oven cleaning and knobs that turn things on and off and that's it.
That's what I ought to do.
But I don't wanna. If I do that, I'll be in conscience stuck with the thing for the next ten years. Or until I sell the house, whichever comes first.
And how is anyone going to be thrilled with my kitchen if it's got only a boring basic range?
So that would justify my buying the model I want, right?
Well, I guess I'll see if the part is available for the eld beast. And make a common-sense decision from that.