Our 15-year-old oven has been malfunctioning for quite a few months now. When you start it up, the element doesn't always switch on. For a while, we could get it to reset and work for a while. Eventually, though, it turned into a situation where you have to bake fast because it might not cycle on again to maintain temperature.
Well, during the height of summer, not having an oven wasn't so bad. It was too hot for hours-long oven usage.
I finally broke down and called a repairman.
After arriving two hours later than his promised time slot, he gave me the bad news: $440.00 plus tax. Ouch. It's going to take several days for the part to arrive. Yep, I said "part." ONE PART for $440.
The first thing I'm baking when it's up and running is a batch of chocolate chip cookies. That might take the sting away.