I should have seen it coming when the oven element caught fire.
After searching online for a replacement, I called GE direct. (at least I thought I called GE!) The lovely lady who I spoke to (in a short while and not the hour they gave me for waiting), was incredibly helpful. She told me exactly what I would need, the cost, and that it was ‘an easy fix.’ So, I ordered it. (Of course, she was sitting in a chair somewhere on a phone line, but I’m sure her script did say it would be simple.)
The box finally arrived by FedEx. Mum kept saying she didn’t know the UPS driver, it wasn’t her favorite buddy. (I just let her talk.) A friend had offered to help, but she was unavailable and I wasn’t feeling confident enough to try anything at the time. (I’m very cautious around electricity, high places, and most gatherings of adult peoples.) Eventually, I girded up my lonely loins and decided to tackle the project tonight.
The box was addressed to Chris, the city was not spelled correctly, and the part inside looked exactly like one I saw in many places for much less than what I paid. But, when doing research, found it might not fit. I also discovered the place of origin was ‘Haier Appliance Parts’ in Walnut, CA. (It was a huge company online….) I was already dubious and now I was more so.
Dad used to restore juke boxes, so there are many kinds of devices used for removing all kinds of screws around the house. Thankfully, The Smart Cookie, showed me what I needed to use and I had a pretty good idea of what to look for. Once I got the screw driver (It really is odd calling it that, the end part is screw driver like, but the top of it is all odd…), I decided to empty the oven of the racks (had to carry them downstairs. Mum has stuff everywhere in the upstairs part.), and see if I could unplug the oven. Nope! (The second photo is on the range itself.)
I texted a couple of people, including The Smart Cookie, and he was the only one who responded. AFTER I used the odd tool on the ‘hex heads’. (I am not sure I used it correctly, but I managed to get the screw things out. One did stick a bit.) The next photos I sent showed the best bet might be to get further assistance. (the third photo has where I pulled it from where it was attached…it has fuzzy stuff on it. The Smart Cookie thought it might be insulation and that this seemed to be an unusual wiring set up.)
Nothing in mum’s world is easy. Maybe the person I can find will also help me with the washer. Did I tell you about that? It is running cold water constantly and the fix? Well, for this particular appliance it is pretty quick. You pick it up a bit, perch it on a sideways piece of 2×4, unscrew the trap in the bottom, empty it, put it all back together again, and set it back on the floor. Except, for one itty bitty thing. Mum’s washer is part of a stacked duo. (Somewhat like ‘Threes Company’, except not as enjoyable and with more Jack.) Meanwhile, I just turn off the cold water during the last spin. So far, it has worked.
And I just remembered, I forgot to finish mum’s laundry.