In the past month:
Our brave little toaster that could (purchased probably for $10 fifteen or more years ago) no longer reliably keeps the lever down. Sometimes it does if you hold it down long enough, but sometimes I just cannot get it to engage. So we went on wirecutter and ordered their best rated toaster from Target ($30).
Our refrigerator fan started making chunking sounds again, which usually means it is going to need to be replaced soon. I swore the last time this happened we would replace it and then *buy a new refrigerator*. But it’s stopped chunking so we didn’t replace the fan. But who knows how long that’s going to last. (Estimated cost: Who knows! But probably closer to $2000… which is crazy since our first refrigerator was the cheapest full-size refrigerator at either Lowes or Home Depot almost *20* years ago… currently that’s still under $500.)
Our dishwasher has a new and different problem. It’s definitely hitting the “planned obsolescence” stage. This time there’s some kind of spring on the door that has failed and the door can either be all the way open or all the way shut and doesn’t gracefully move between the two states or have the ability to stay slightly open like it used to. We have no idea how to fix this and even looking into it was pretty gross because the area where the door hinges is corroded and just plain icky. DH is making noises like it might be time to get a Bosch, though we are definitely willing to wait until they are easily available and we don’t have to worry about people in our house. It’s on the horizon. (DH is also willing to put up with this for two years and just sell the house without a dishwasher.) Somehow it is easier to replace an engine than it is a spring. (Estimated cost for a new dishwasher ~$1000.) Update: After some research, it wasn’t the spring, it was the thing the spring attaches to. Cost to replace: $40.
Our microwave has started shutting itself off for safety reasons if we microwave too many things in a row.
It’s hard to know what annoyances we should put up with and what we should just spend the money to replace. Replacing things also often comes with its own frustrations and annoyances since new things don’t always work and lemons are a pain in the rear to deal with.
Not an appliance: Our fences are falling apart and last year the HOA made it clear that they’re in charge of the stone (which isn’t falling apart) and we’re in charge of the wood. DH called 4 places and nobody returned his calls. Then we got an email from the HOA (to everyone, not just us) saying that fence repairs needed to be made so DH was like, Help we need a fence repair place, do you have any suggestions. So he got 3 suggestions and called the first two and they came out right away to look at the fence. And… then they disappeared and we never got estimates. So now we’re not sure what to do. I mean, call that third company, but after that. DH has already walked all over the neighborhood and gotten the names and numbers off actual fences. He thinks they’re just busy what with Weather and almost our entire HOA fencing needing to be replaced and so on.