I never liked the microwave, anyway…

This is our microwave.

devil spawn

I have never been able to work it properly.  It burns microwave popcorn, has setting that even with the aid of a manual I’ve never quite been able to figure out, and in my opinion is a waste of otherwise valuable cabinet space.  Or maybe it’s always just been broken.

I’m skilled in the kitchen, but the only thing I could manage was under/overcooked with these controls.

About a month ago, however, when Ravi was rewarming some food (don’t ask me how he does it…I think he’s just less sensitive to whether food is cooked properly or not–this is the man who purposefully burned his pasta skillet dishes, claiming they tasted better that way, after all) it shot sparks.

We unplugged it and began communicating with our land lord about either fixing it or replacing it.  This began a long back and forth where we were asked for dimensions, and then tried to communicate that the manual did not have them (which is especially fun, as all communications go via us to our realtor, to the landlord’s agent, and then to her…and then back again, like a demented game of “telephone”).  The issue at hand is that our microwave is built in and no one knows the dimensions of the space…important info when buying the new microwave.

The whole process strikes me as just plain inefficient.

In the US, in our last 3 condos when something broke in our apartment, the building management (either the owners of the property, or acting as their agent) would just come in and fix or replace the broken item.  No muss, no fuss.  It was always a bit murkier when renting from an individual, but things were dealt with by them.

The issue in Singapore, or at least, as we’ve experienced it in this apartment is that the Landlord will tell us to fix/replace it and send the bill or just take the charge out of our rent if she gives us a budget.  We are then expected to deal with it on our own. When it’s something minor, this is just a matter of calling a handy man.  This is a fairly major replacement, as it will require getting someone to remove the old microwave and dispose of it (I don’t even know the rules about that sort of thing here–how do you dispose of old electric appliances?), measuring the cabinet, finding people who sell built in units (as we do NOT have the counter space to get anything but a replacement for the built-in), getting one the right size within the budget, and arranging for it to be installed.

Honestly, I just feel overwhelmed by the whole thing.  Part of me just wants to tell her–screw it, fix it yourself in 6 months when we move.  As it is not my house, nor do we necessarily plan to be here after our lease is up in May, I kind of resent having to do all the leg work, especially with two young children (one under a month old).  In the meantime I’ve sent my agent a list of detailed questions about the process, so that I can understand how easy or complex this may be (maybe stores remove your old unit and dispose of it when they install the new?  or there’s an easily contacted service that does this sort of thing).

But seriously, this is a lot of leg work for an appliance that declared war on me the first time I asked it to pop some popcorn.

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2 Responses to I never liked the microwave, anyway…

  1. Dawn says:

    Maybe this is a stupid question, but why not remove the microwave and measure the space yourself? When our built-in microwave was first installed, there was some problem with the vent and my husband just took it out and tried to fix it himself – it didn’t look like a big deal. Since yours is broken, there’s no harm in removing it from the space since whether it gets fixed or replaced, it needs to get removed anyway, and even if you damaged it in the process, and you end up repairing rather than replacing, it still has to go through a repairman who can repair the damage you did in addition to whatever needed to get done anyway.

    That being said, are you sure it’s broken? Were the sparks shooting from the outside? Because if they were inside, most likely explanation is that whatever Ravi was warming contained small bits of metal, and as long as it was removed from the microwave completely, the microwave should still work. Of course, using this as an excuse to replace a microwave you never liked anyway makes sense.

    Here, I believe electric appliances are thrown away with regular trash, with the exception of computer and TV monitors, which contain some sort of toxic chemical or something and need to be taken to a toxic waste dump. Most of the time, though, even broken appliances left out on trash day disappear long before the garbage truck gets there.

    • Crystal says:

      Absolutely broken. Ravi and I are many things, but skilled enough to remove an appliance from it’s built in box is not one of the things we are. We can barely hang a picture without assistance, sadly.

      We’ve found out that (a) there’s a standard size for these things (relief!) and (b) that they’ll deliver/remove all in one for us.

      Ravi’s been doing the research since I’m pretty ambivalent.

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