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RE: throw away society

Have you tried the Net?  Or, an old fashioned repair place that carries
parts?  My husband even found some working old tubes for an ancient radio
once by scouting one of those old places.

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 11/12/2003 12:26:28 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] throw away society
> This  situation I'm about to describe has much to do with some of the
other things we've been complaining about recently.
> I have mentioned that I'm getting my kitchen updated a bit. While I'm at
> it I thought I would replace the electronic touch-pad clock assembly on
> my gas stove. The down-arrow contacts are 'bad', so when I touch 'bake',
> the temp starts at 350 degrees and I can't decrease the temp. I've
> checked everywhere and no one will repair the unit, so I ordered a new
> clock assembly. Sears has discontinued it. What!!??! It's only 12 years
> old! "Well, ma'm, 10 yrs is the life expectancy of a stove." What!!??!
> This stove cost over $1000, and I fully expected to get a minimum of 20
> years, and more like 40 years out of it. And as I mentioned before, I
> don't cook much, so I should get more years out of a stove than a family
> might.
> So then I tried Repairclinic.com and they say "the mfg has changed the
> part # to...." I check sears.com and they indicate they have it but
> Sears by phone also said they had the original #, billed me for it, but
> couldn't send it because it was discontinued. From checking back and
> forth I now know that GE built this Kenmore range, and it's the GE #
> that is supposedly available at RepairClinic.com. So I tried GE directly
> with their part#. "Sorry ma'm, that part's been discontinued."
> Can anyone tell me why these places carry parts only during the warranty
> period, when, if the appliance is reasonably well-built, it will easily
> outlive that period? The time for things to go wrong is 10 yrs out.
> THAT's when you want repair parts! But they discontinue them in the
> expectation that you'll have to scrap it and by a new one.
> Well, nothin-doin! No more 200 degree cheesecake here. If it can't be
> made at 350+, I ain't cookin' it. And I'm not buying another new stove.
> Kitty
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