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 Posted: Mon May 8th, 2006 02:29 pm
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Rob Stercraw


Joined: Fri May 5th, 2006
Location: Bobo, Djibouti
Posts: 3
Greetings Iceman!

iceman wrote:
Hey everybody!

I notice that Sears is taking a lot of people's $65 just to tell them it would be cheaper for them to replace their Microwave.  Here are some handy tips:

1) Sears has a warranty return depot in every major city.  Unless your Sears purchase is bolted down, call them to see if the diagnostic is less expensive if you bring it to them. 
No could do.  I tried that as the diagnostic for carry-in is $39.  They told me they could not accept it there as microhoods were too large for the shipping containers they use to send them to the repair center.

2) Most appliances have a cheat-sheet hidden in some relatively easy to find location on the appliance itself.  If your appliance has error codes, this sheet will reveal how to get it to report them and how to interpret them.
I was not aware of this, but I saw the repairman found it.  My unit did not have any error codes, it was completely dead.

3) Some small appliances are just not worth repairing.  Say anything that costs under $150.  Microwaves are right on the borderline, because the repair cost is often in excess of $150.
This unit retailed at $599.  Now, I never would have bought a six hundred dollar microwave on my own - I bought it at their outlet store for $249.

4) A quality microwave oven need not be expensive.  Check out Consumer Reports magazine at your local library or get the ratings online, in exchange for money naturally.

5) Here is a FREE article on the subject:

6) Shop around.  A microwave manufactured offshore probably costs less than $55.00 to manufacture and land on US soil.  If you are paying more than $150 for a top of the line model, chances are you have not done enough legwork.  Also microwaves are now sold by consumer electronics stores which are fiercely competitive and harbor strong animosity towards each other.  Use this to your advantage.  Nothing motivates a Fry's manger better than "The guy at Best-Buy said you guys couldn’t touch this price, and dared me to leave his store"
Here I appear to be kind of stuck.  This microwave hood is a 36" model.  Very few are 36" wide, the overwhelming majority are 30".  Least expensive 36" unit is about $600.  Unless I want to run a 30" microwave and utilize a "filler kit" to take up the excess space.  If I do that, I'm still going to be spending about $300 by the time I get a unit and kit. Might be time to rethink this whole microhood situation.  I know that if I do decide to buy another inverter-equipped microhood so I can fit the space I DEFINITELY will spring for the $60 extended warranty.

Last edited on Wed May 24th, 2006 04:22 pm by Rob Stercraw