Help, my microwave blew up and...

@mommyboo (13198)
United States
January 1, 2010 1:32pm CST
...ok, mine didn't really blow up. BUT! Say your microwave blew or went out, either way now it's inoperable. How long would you wait before replacing it? If it wasn't fixable, I'd be out at the local Target IMMEDIATELY! I cannot live without a micro. I use mine to reheat stuff all the time, to make hot water for hot chocolate or to heat soup, to make popcorn, steam veggies, etc. You can find a cheap decent microwave for $25. I'm hoping I don't find anybody who would be quite willing to live without it, I am testing a theory. If you WOULD just live without it, do you regularly inconvenience yourself in other ways too? If your washer broke down would you just... LIVE WITH IT? What about your coffemaker? Your hard drive? Your tv remote?
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@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
1 Jan 10
My coffepot was replaced within hours..My dryer the same day. My microwave broke before christmas and I still have not replaced it. I don't use mine that much, for popcorn and microsteam vegies. I really haven't missed it a whole lot, but the kids are starting to complain. chips and cheese and hot pockets are much faster in the microwave than the old fashion oven. I think I will torture them for another week or so, maybe I can drag them over to my side and live without it. In the more likely chance that doesn't happen then before the month is through I will be replacing the microwave.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Jan 10
I would either have something fixed or replaced the same day too. I really can't figure out why people inconvenience themselves when there's no reason. I guess if you don't use it regularly, then it doesn't matter. For instance I didn't replace the blender but we don't use it every day. If we used it every day, it would probably have been replaced same day. I think with kids it's important to have time-saver things in your home, including a microwave lol. Little kids have NO patience, and it seems to diminish the more kids you have, and the closer in age they are. Either way, mommy can only do one thing at a time so somebody is always going to have to wait, but the shorter they have to wait, the better for all our sanity!
@jewels49 (1783)
• United States
11 Jan 10
amen!!!
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
1 Jan 10
My microwave has been out of commission for several months now. I really don't miss it all that much. I use the stove for most of the things I used to use the microwave for. I'm just not that impatient these days. If it was the coffee pot I would switch to instant as I don't drink that much coffee. As for the washer or dryer that would be fixed as soon as possible because I don't do handwashing very well and the laundrymats dryers are too hot and too far away. Computer would wait until I had extra money, but I really would miss it.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Wow.... see, when I do stuff on the stove or oven it takes twice or sometimes three times as long as it would in the micro, plus it's messier. I don't like mess lol. We drink a whole pot of coffee every morning so the coffeepot would be a must-have. Plus if the coffee is cold, then we use the microwave to heat it up....
@TLChimes (4842)
• United States
1 Jan 10
The laptop would be replaced as soon as the money could be gotten. I'm not addicted but well... you know... I could stop, but I just don't wanna.... really....
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
11 Jan 10
Any time we have had computer issues, my husband has gone online and ordered whatever busted and then gone to pick it up. I guess we are lucky to always have a little extra around so that can be done.... now if the laptop went, I'm not so sure we could just buy another one, but mostly it has just been hard drives or fans or keyboards or mice, things that aren't as expensive as a laptop thank God!
• United States
1 Jan 10
i would check the fuse first. a lot of people don't know they have one,and it's way cheaper than replacing it. my washer i'd HAVE to do something immedietely.that would back up so fast it's not funny.usually,it's the dryer that breaks first though. always the heating coil too...and sunday..
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@May2k8 (6690)
• Indonesia
1 Jan 10
oh, I just have desktop computer, if I cannot fixed I'll wait to buy a new one. I cannot live without my desktop, that's my important things. I have the old and the dust has covered it. I don't think I can get the new.
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@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
4 Jan 10
Our microwave did go out during Thanksgiving week. As soon as it went out I started looking for the cheapest replacement that I could find. I didn't want to get a nice microwave because we are getting ready to remodel our kitchen and we already had a new microhood in the office that we weren't using yet. Well, as soon as my husband got home from work that day, he and his friend worked in the kitchen to arrange a place in there that we would be able to use the microhood as a regular microwave for the time being. So, no, I definitely cannot live without my microwave.
@dawnald (84146)
• Shingle Springs, California
4 Jan 10
I could go a few days without a microwave. A washer? No way. A dryer, maybe, if it weren't winter. I can make coffee without a coffeemaker, I don't drink it that often anyway. Hard drive? Nopers, I'm down at Best Buy already. TV remote? I'd call DirecTV and deal with it until a replacement came.
@laglen (19782)
• United States
3 Jan 10
My microwave went out about six years ago. I replaced it about 6 months ago. It really wasn't difficult living with out it. I got a teapot for heating water for drinks - which is better for you. We reheated on the stove. When my washer went, I hand washed clothes for a couple of weeks. Dryer went, I survived a couple weeks, it would have been better if I could have hung a clothes line :). tv remote, I dont watch tv so that wouldnt bother me. Coffee maker, I have a camp percolator and have used it. my hard drive, my brother is a computer guy so I never have to go more than a day or two, it costs me an apple pie for repairs. Sorry to destroy your theory, I prefer to not depend so heavily on modern conveniences but I know I am the exception to the rule. I would say most people are like you.
@artistry (4154)
• United States
2 Jan 10
...Hi there mommyboo, Happy 2010. Welcome to my house. Some weeks ago, I went into the kitchen, popped my meal into my microwave, came back, opened the door and it was the same as when I put it in. Upset I was, I do basically everything in my microwave, it is that vital to me. I shop through the internet, so I quickly found an attractive micowave, black and maroon, quite colorful, placed my order and waited. It was here in about seven days, which was not bad, it works well and hopefully it will last a long time. Where can you find a microwave for $25? What cave an I living in? TIE (take it easy)
@derek_a (10902)
2 Jan 10
Well, ours quit on us a couple years ago during lunchtime. I went out and within 2 hours, I had a new one replacing it. We have never used it very much for actual cooking, it is more for keeping things warm and heating up ready cooked stuff we add to the meals. - Derek
• Indonesia
2 Jan 10
i not agree
@gemini_rose (16194)
2 Jan 10
Yeah I would have to say that if my microwave blew I would have to get another! I also use it for quite a lot of things so it would be pretty hard to be without it. If my washing machine went it would have to be replaced with having 6 of us in the house, I don't think handwashing would be an option, especially not with my kids underpants haha! It would be a bit costly though to have to replace it so I am hoping it does not go just yet! I think most things you have listed here I could not do without and would find the money to replace them, apart from the coffee maker as I do not have one!
@punjab911 (241)
• Canada
2 Jan 10
Hey mommyboo, nice question. If my microwave broke (or even if anything else broke like my computer, television, oven and toaster) then I would just wait for a while until I am free and able to go to the store. My things usually don't blow up or even brake at that matter. I have never really broke any of my things. I did, however, gotten a virus in my computer. Luckily, there weren't any important files on the computer! Hope this answers your question! Have a great day and have loads of fun mylotting! Punjab911
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
2 Jan 10
I wouldn't waite to long to get another microwave because I use mine a lot and it would be really inconvenient to have to cook everything by hand or from scratch, so I would definitely go get another one right away because they sure do make cooking easy for those of us who dont like to cook a lot.
@madteaparty (2761)
• Japan
2 Jan 10
Well, I can survive without my tv remote, but the microwave... it's pretty useful for me when I need to eat quickly because of not having enough time for lunch. Also for heating water for breakfast, so I think I wouldn't be able to live without one longer. If I can find a microwave for 25$ I'd sure buy it.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
2 Jan 10
Hi mommyboo, if the washing machine blew up I would replace it the same day. Most other things would stay broken in anticipation of needing the money to replace the washing machine. I don't have a microwave and no need for one, fresh popcorn takes less than a minute to pop in a pan and tastes better than microwaved stuff. The only thing I miss a microwave for is baked potatoes. I live with a broken cd player in the car though I miss it so much, the house cd broke beyond repair, the dvd has had it, but I can live without those things. But no I couldn't live without a washing machine, a fridge, a freezer or a fan.
@34momma (13895)
• United States
1 Jan 10
oh my goodness, I would have to get a new one right away. i can't live without my microwave. i use mine for everything. i would wait like 5 minutes before i got on the bus to kmart to get a new one!!
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
1 Jan 10
The microwave might have to wait until the first of the month before getting replaced. The coffeemaker would be replaced within hours
@Hatley (164486)
• Garden Grove, California
1 Jan 10
hi mommyboo when I still had an apartment to live in I used my microwave all the time to steam veggies and heat frozen meals, and all sorts of other things. still have my like new microwave oven but its now in storage until my son gets a job so we can again have a home in an apartment.Also I would go crazy if anything happen to computer or monitor. these are musts to'keep me sane here at this Gold crest place. ugh.