"Sod's law" says that if a domestic appliance is going to fail, it'll do it the most inconvenient time.
"And thus it came to pass" that our oven packed in at 7.00pm last night. It wouldn't heat up, so I guess the element had failed.
Now it wasn't the end of the world as we've a microwave.
The oven is a built-in Baumatic.
It's getting on a bit now. It went wrong about five years ago and it took nearly two weeks for the repair people to get the part. So to tide us over, I bought a Cook's Essentials air fryer, (well my wife ordered it on her favourite shopping channel and I paid for it). We've not used it since the oven was repaired.
I suggested we might as well have a new oven rather than have it repaired again.
These days, you have to look on line as few appliance stores have many built-in ovens on show.
I always find searching on-line a pain, as most sites are more interested in getting you to agree to accept their cookies than take you to what you want to look at. I always have to delete a boat load of them every time I close down my laptop.
You have to be careful when ordering a new oven, as not all single ovens now will fit in the standard aparture which is 56.5cms wide by 58.5cms high.
Anyway, we settled on a Bosch. Searching around I found it 10% cheaper at Curry's than at John Lewis. ("Never knowingly undersold" they announced recently, no longer applies)
It's coming on Thursday.
I turned down Curry' offer to "install it" for £90. It's just three wires for heaven's sake.
I also turned down their offer to take the old one away for twenty quid.
and "an arm and a leg" to extend the two year guarantee.
I took the old one out this morning.
Just a question of turning off the kitchen ring main and disconnecting the cable from the cooker box in the back of the cupboard above it, (remembering to turn the ring main back on!)
Getting an oven out on your own can be tricky, you don't want to damage the housing unit.
When we bought the Baumatic which replaced a Smeg my wife chose, then hated after a couple of years, I made this wooden stand on castors. Used once, it's been doing service in the garage as additional storage for over ten years now.
I made it out of scrap wood, it's exactly the same height as the shelf on which the oven sits. So just a question of standing it up against the unit, sliding the oven out of the housing on to it, then turning it round and taking it out through the kitchen door. Then down to the tip with it, which took all of twenty minutes.
Before I went I examined the controls which showed that they had been considerably affected by the heat over the years so I don't think it would have been worthwhile repairing.
The problem with built in ovens is that you need to get rid of the heat as not all of it comes out of the front vents. It's made more of a problem by people like me who like to box in the tops of their kitchen units. So it's as well to fit a vent like this for the heat to get out that come off the back of the oven. There's an extractor fan in the window three feet away.
Installing the new one when it arrives, should take all of twenty minutes.