Friday, May 13, 2011

Installation Number Two

It’s been eight days since I told you about the horrors of “The Installation” – and still no microwave!

I’ve been without one for almost three weeks and am very surprised how easy it’s been to adapt to not having one! At first, I thought, “Oh my gosh! I can’t do without a microwave! What will I do?” But, somehow, I’ve managed. And it hasn’t been too difficult. I suppose that just goes to show how spoiled we are. We could probably do without many of the things we take for granted. If we must.

The new one came in yesterday. My husband picked it up, brought it home, unpacked it and prepared to install it.

First thing he did was move the range out into the middle of the floor and was all set to remove the old microwave from its bracket. But first, we went over the new one with a fine-tooth comb to make sure there were no defects. After we agreed it was fine, he was ready to proceed, but I was skeptical. I said, “Wait. Before you remove the old one, let’s plug the new one in and try it out.” He laughed, giving the impression that he didn’t believe we could possibly get one that didn’t work. Twice. After all, what were the odds we’d get two bad ones within a week? But, he humored me and plugged the microwave in.

Are you ready for this? It started arcing and making loud noises just as the first one had done a week ago! The longer it ran, the more it arced. My husband refused to accept it. He said, “It’s not level,” and propped it up on the front to make it so. Didn’t make any difference. Then he said, “Must be something inside,” so we took the tape off the door, opened it and removed a piece of paper, turned it on and watched it arced again.

He still wasn’t ready to give up. He called the company that makes it and told them the whole story. All they could say was that sometimes they do that when they’re empty.

Hmmm.... I’ve had three microwaves before this one and none of them ever arced when they were empty - or otherwise. That was "it" for me! I said, “Take it back! No more of that brand. Never again!” So back in the box it went – and then back into the truck. He returned it today. We’ve been shopping online this evening. I think I’ve found one.

We’ll see.

Check in later for:  The Final Installation


Jen said...

That is hard to believe peg. but sometimes things happen like that, nothing goes right for a while. Maybe it'll be over soon. I hope so.your husband must be getting tired of boxing those things up and returning them every week. :)

sam said...

sorry peg. hang on. bad luck happens but it cant last forever. sam

Anonymous said...

I cna't believe the same thing happened twice.

Mindy said...

That's terrible peg. They say the third time's a charm, so the next one should work. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know the brand so I won't buy one.