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In our home power problems are handled by my husband, an electrical engineer. He came over looking for a breaker switch (whatever that is). None. He checked the circuit breaker in the garage, nothing tripped. We stared at it a bit and decided we'd call the Home Warranty Company in the morning.
We bought our home in November 2010 and it came with a home warranty. We used it several times that first year: the garbage disposal broke as did the garage door opener. As we approached the one year mark we were given the option to extent it for one year, at a cost of $425. We'd have to pay a $85/event deductible. We took a gamble because our furnace has reached its life expectancy, and the air conditioner has exceeded its.
The gamble paid off. When the appliance technician came out for a look it was determined that the control panel and touch pad system, essentially the brain, were gone. Total repair bill would be $398 but for the insurance. We could either pay the $85 deductible and have it repaired or take a credit of just over $300 and get a new system. I told him we'd think about it and get back to him.
Initially I leaned towards a new dishwasher; if this had broke, what was next? But then I thought about tossing this otherwise very nice dishwasher in the dump. I also thought about our budget goal for this month. Did I want a couple hundred dollars to go out for a dishwasher or go towards our savings goal? Plus, even if it did break in the future it is possible to live a while without a dishwasher. Repair it was.
Currently we are waiting for the part to come in, it is on back order. I feel very happy with our decision. It seems like the modern approach would be to toss it, use the credit, and get a new machine. But that seems so wasteful. Time is short at our home, and do I really want to hire a sitter to go and look at appliances? No. I am happy we are salvaging this one, and wonder how many years we'll get out of it. I also wonder, will the furnace go this winter too? If so, what a gamble we took!