Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Suicidal appliances

Our kitchen appliances are killing themselves. The dishwasher is demanding that we remove its hoses. Its systems are degrading. It fills up but doesn’t always remember to drain. The soap dispenser has lost its ability to spring open on demand. Instead it leaves gooey clumps of soap that ooze out of the dispenser cup. On Saturday, the microwave shorted itself out. I looked on line to research its problem: “When the microwave won't heat, and you hear a loud buzz, you usually have a defective power diode, high-voltage capacitor, or magnetron. We recommend that you consult with a qualified appliance repair technician for help in determining the problem and deciding what to do about it.” I already know what to do about it…buy a new one.

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