When Good Appliances Go Bad

imageWhen the answer to “What can I help you with?” is “Yeah, my microwave is possessed. I need to exchange it”, you know it’s going to be an interesting day.

Let me back up a little bit. Last night, I came in from Gabe’s scout meeting to hear the news that our brand new microwave (thank you tax return) isn’t working. Of course, I want to know what the hell has happened. Marty said that he tried to heat something up. He opened the microwave and put his food in. When he closed the door, the turntable started turning and the light went on before he even touched a button. I figured there might be a simple solution. Since it’s a modern appliance with a computer onboard, I figured that maybe it needed to be rebooted. So, I unplugged the microwave and left it disconnected for  a few minutes. When I plugged it in again, I briefly, oh so briefly, thought we had success. Then, the light came on and the turntable started turning. It was confirmed…

Our microwave was possessed…and, the exorcism had failed.

Since exorcism failed, the microwave was unplugged and schedduled for deportation back to Target the next morning.

The aftermath of the microwave possession was quite amusing. One child was distressed beecause “How can I heat up my burrito?” Another moment had a child asking “But how can I heat the water for my Ramen Noodles?” Duh…ever heard of a pot on a stove top? The children were convinced we had re-entered the dark ages and weren’t sure they could survivve even 12 hours without a microwave.

Luckily, the microwave deportation and exchange went off without a hitch this morning. The customer service rep at Tar-jay was vastly amused by my story of the microwave posseession and I was able to bring a new one home to live in my kitchen. So far, this microwave is behaving beautifully. I hope it stays that way.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve had happen with any of your home appliances or  electronics?

6 Responses to When Good Appliances Go Bad
  1. Another Dreamer
    March 13, 2013 | 10:53 pm

    That is so strange! Glad they exchanged it without fuss though. Whew.

    Strangest thing… once we had an automatic airfreshner go on the fritz. It sprayed non-stop all night apparently, and our living room reeked of Vanilla and there was a puddle of scented foam on the floor from the device. Yuck. I’m just glad that cats had enough sense to stay away from it (they thought it was possessed and hissing at them) otherwise I might have had some poisoned cats.

    Needless to say, I didn’t own another one of those for a lllooonnngg time! Bought a new one this year, and no
    issues so far (*knock on wood*)
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  2. Lori Lavender Luz
    March 14, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    So weird!

    I don’t have any good story to tell, but I’m glad you are all back in the burrito-heating business.
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  3. Kathy
    March 17, 2013 | 7:26 pm

    That is bizarre and I am glad that the exchange went well. Interesting that your sons got a taste of life before the age of microwaves…

    We had a recent issue with our microwave where I thought I was setting the timer on it for 18 minutes or so, when I actually had turned it on, on high with nothing in it! Opps!

    It ended up shorting out and I thought I had overheated it/broken it for good. I Googled the problem and learned that our make and model might come back to life after 45 – 60 minutes of cooling off and sure enough it did! I (hopefully) won’t make that mistake again! 🙂
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  4. loribeth
    March 18, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    My dishwasher conked out after we’d been living in our house for about 9 years. (It came with the house when we bought it and was likely 7-8 years old already — so it had had a good run.) The one I bought to replace it conked out after I’d barely had it three years. The repairman I called in to look at it said it was the motherboard & it would cost almost as much to replace it as it would be to buy another dishwasher. We bought another dishwasher. So far, so good, knock wood!! When the guy came to install it (and take out the new one), he took one look and said, “Well, that sure didn’t last long, did it?” :p
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  5. Triplezmom
    March 25, 2013 | 12:38 pm

    That is weird. I haven’t had a possessed appliance, but I think my husband and I have bad appliance karma. When one of our appliances dies, they all seem to die. And if we attempt to fix the problem, things just get worse.
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  6. DISDadsPodcast
    March 27, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    We currently have a possessed disposer in the kitchen sink. It’s been possessed for about two years now, and has resisted all exorcism. We’ve actually changed out the disposer, and the haunting continued. We’ve had electricians out twice. Both tested and determined that the outlet that the disposer is supposed to plug in under the sink works properly. And both tested and determined that the switch on the wall next to the sink works properly. But the switch won’t turn the disposer on. To use it, we connect a heavy-duty extension cord to the disposer cord, and plug it in directly to another outlet. The disposer kicks on when we plug it in, and goes off when we unplug it.

    Eventually, we’ll probably give up and just have both the outlet and the switch rewired, even though they test as working. But for now, we’ll just let the poltergeist in the disposer run things.
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