Timing is everything. Take the previous owners of our house, for instance. They split (and left town) shortly before just about everything in this house self-destructed. Here’s the range that came with the house:
We’ve been having intermittent problems with this range since we moved in three years ago, but with the cost involved we’ve been putting it off. Recently it we’ve had to re-categorize our oven from “temperamental” to “broken” since it will preheat then shut off.
Now I’m not sure when this range was built, but the manual was printed in 1991. It started giving us problems in 2004. That’s thirteen years, folks. We’ve had ranges in our first two apartments that were older than me and they still worked fine. I’m not sure what you’re paying for when you buy Jenn-Air, but it’s certainly not durability.
Pop quiz: Given the picture above, which of these two replacements would you purchase?
Me too. Guess what. I was wrong. What I ordered was a drop-in range that is apparently built into the cabinets, and you have to build a box to put it on. What I needed was a slide-in range that stands up on its own. That’s pretty evident from the pictures, right? Yeah well Jenn-Air has to go make things difficult for me. Apparently I had a slide-in range with no drawer because of the downdraft fan. So after 3 weeks of backorder the delivery guys rip open the box and I say “That doesn’t have legs.” Oops. Here’s my new range:
Oh yeah, and apparently my kitchen floor is not level. It was very interesting to level my oven on that floor.