What do you do when your oven repairs are too expensive?

by Jennifer

Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven

Hamilton Beach Toaster Oven
Turkey Roaster

This last week we had a big wind storm, and the electricity went out. That happens often enough, but when the power came back on, the electronics in our stove were not working. We had the repair man come and check out the stove. It was going to be $450 parts plus labor.


We decided not to have the oven fixed, but we still need an oven. It's time to get creative. The range still works just fine, the computer just won't turn on the oven part.

Here's what we came up with . . . We can use the Hamilton Beach 31197 Countertop Oven with Convection and Rotisserie for baking. It only costs $79. An added plus is that it doesn't have any of those temperamental electronic components.

The only thing that is too big for the toaster oven is the Thanksgiving turkey. Here's how we're handling that . . . We're going to use the Rival RO180 18-Quart Roaster Oven.

That's a $122 solution to a $700-$800 problem.

This will also help us in an emergency situation. The counter top oven could plugged into a generator or solar panels if we didn't have electricity.

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Oven Repairs
by: Anonymous

I actually have had that happen, on Thanksgiving morning, for most of the morning. My solution was to fire up the old wood cook stove. I kept the stove in the sun room, which we loved to eat breakfast in,and used periodically.With twenty two people coming for dinner, it was a life saver. Since then we have moved twice, I still have my beautiful old cook, plus I have inherited another one.
But, you really should talk to your power company, power surges will burn up your electronics. We had a wire break going into the house, which sent 220 volts thru all our electronics. Everything electronic burnt up, or started smoking, plus caught wiring on fire in the basement up cement wall. But the power company had to replace everything and pay for the electrician for repairs.But they will only give you replacement value. So older appliances you don't get much. Use surge protectors too...

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Do it yourself - get brave enough to ask how.
by: Single Mom

My Washer wasn't working right. I went into my favorite repair shop and described the symptoms.

When I asked how much it would cost to have them drive all the way to my house to repair it, (I don't mean to be a cheep scape but I really didn't have the money). I asked If it was something I could do... They asked "Do you have tools?" I said yep and they took me to the back and showed me how to replace the clutch on a washer. I came home with the parts and had my 18 year old follow my instructions. Wa- la-- I saved them having to drive 40 miles to do something I can do myself. Single Mom.

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Oven not working?
by: Anonymous

I would look for a used one on Craigslist. When we remodeled a few years ago I sold my old refrigerator for a fraction of what I paid for it. It still worked great.

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Need a 2nd oven.
by: Jennifer

The oven is working great. We bought a second oven so that we can bake more things at the same time.

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