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 Posted: Wed Feb 8th, 2006 03:27 pm
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Ahso, I too have just experienced the enlightenment that the inverter board brings. My Kenmore Elite microwave oven brought me to this state after less than 2.5 years of ownership. It welcomed me into a new level of consciousness with the message "F-9."

Unfortunately, the Sears repairman was not familiar with this message, but ah, I had discovered it on a little piece of paper hidden inside the control panel. The fact that he could not interpret "F-9" caused me some concern. But lo, he could call a technical help desk that only Sears Samurais may call and they explained to him the meaning of this message.

My worst fears were realized when he said to me what the little piece of paper had already told me... replace the inverter board. Total cost of the experience, he said, would be $290, which, I believe is more than half the price of my 2-year-old microwave.

I was dismayed, to say the least. This was just yesterday, and I am still adjusting to the out-of-body experience that followed. What must one do?

The Sears Samurai left with $65 and I have 30 days to decide whether I want to contribute $225 more to complete my journey.

The phrase "built-in obsolescence" keeps coming to my consciousness, as does the phrase "rip-off." But I may take another path. With a brother and sister-in-law in the appliance business, I may make a pilgrimage to their doorstep.

The Humble Hootmahn