The bottom oven hasn’t been working for an age and we have just been using the top oven to cook. The cost of repairing the oven has put us off getting it fixed but with Christmas just a few weeks away it has been on our minds that there is no way we can roast a bird and all the lovely trimmings in the small top oven. We are very excited to be hosting Christmas day this year and have my sister, brother-in-law and youngest nephew joining us, so something needed to be done.
I phoned a few local appliance engineers to get an idea of price and none of them could offer a set cost as we don’t know what the fault is. It definitely isn’t a common problem such as a burnt out element or thermostat. One engineer did say it would probably be the clock mechanism and after a quick look on the internet this part cost £150. Dave would be happy to fit it as he is confident with electrics but if the part didn’t solve the problem it could end up costing a lot of money.
The decision of whether to fix an existing asset over replacing it is a difficult. This is why the oven has remained like this for so long. The oven is an expensive make, so one train of thought is that it would be worth fixing.
Dave browsed eBay for a second hand double oven and we found an auction for an AEG oven which was in Sheffield; an hour away from home but near friends that we could tie a visit in with. We did a quick Google search to see if the make had good reviews and this particular model came up with good feedback.
After considering the risks and distance to collect the oven we placed a bid for £50 and managed to get it for £20! Yes, £20! We didn’t want to get too excited though in case it was a disappointment. Coincidentally Ian, my step dad went to the Peak District over the weekend so bypassed Sheffield to pick the oven up.
|New (second hand) oven|
The new oven looks almost identical to the old one and cleaned up brilliantly. Look at the photos to see how similar they are. Dave fitted it into the unit and we switched it on in excitement. Hurrah! It works! Sunday dinner was much more of a pleasure to prepare as a result. All the veg and the chicken pies fit in at the same time and cook evenly.
I’m really pleased with our decision to buy a second hand replacement because we’ve saved so much money. Many people wouldn’t consider second hand appliances but if the price is so low it’s really worth the risk in my opinion.
Bring on Christmas dinner!