Saturday Feb 24, 2007

Repair-o-rama

My laptop hasn't been the only failure that's been testing my nerves lately.  Over the course of the last 11 months the following things have gone wrong around the house:

Clothes dryer fails last spring.  Have since replaced with new clothes dryer.  Awaiting service this morning from repair man since the new one just failed last night.  Update:  $172.  Of course, parts have to be ordered.

Brand new (and very expensive) refrigerator stops working after two weeks.  Thankfully it failed within the retailers 30 day money back replacement period or we would have had to wait 3 weeks for the part.  Retailer delivered a new unit in less than a week.  Thankfully I moved the old one out to the garage instead giving it away.

Ice machine in old refrigerator burns itself up as owner (me) didn't hook up a water supply when rushing to transer food from new but broken refrigerator.  Not replaced, but freezer compartment still smells like burnt plastic.

Less than year old dishwasher needed new pump.  About 3 weeks without a dishwasher while awaiting new pump.  Covered under warranty.

Less than year old gas cooktop has internal electrical fire and requires new wiring and igniters for all the burners.  About 1.5 months where we had to light the cooktop manually.  Covered under warranty.

Pool pump cracks a leak in the housing, requires replacement.  $800 parts and labor.

Downstairs AC Unit fails (in the middle of Summer).  Requires replacement.  $1500.  Should be noted that several same day/emergency AC places quoted me upwards of $4000.  Next day service guy (who is now "our HVAC guy") about fell over when he saw what they wanted to charge.  Moral of the story, it pays to shop and compare.

Garage door tortion spring snaps.  $400 parts and labor.

New pool pump pressure takes toll on older pipes and blows off PVC and couplers from heater.  Couplers alone $170.  Total repair cost $320.

Pool pipe from main drain is broken somewhere under the deck.  Cost unknown, just can't use the main drain, only the skimmer.

Misc failures:  Garbage disposal, Nintendo GameCube, Toshiba DVD player.  All cost more to have fixed than to be replaced.

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My name is Craig Bender aka ThinGuy. I'm a Principal Software Developer for Oracle's Virtual Desktop Engineering group.

I architect and evangelize the use of Oracle's Desktop technology including Sun Ray, Secure Global Desktop, and Oracle VDI.

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