The “joys” of home ownership, kitchen edition

There are also the ongoing issues, such as the oven that you have to set higher than you want.

For all the advantages of home ownership, it does have its downside. In December 2017, for instance, we paid our property tax a month early in anticipation of the new US tax bill, which make itemizing our taxes less advantageous in subsequent years. Or so I understand, because of these things, MEGO (my eyes glaze over).

Our hot water boiler died in December. It actually lasted over 14 years, which, I gather, is a good long time, a decade being the usual functionality, or so I’m told. And the furnace ($4000) was also replaced in 2017.

The pipes to our kitchen sink are near an exterior wall of the house. When it gets really cold, as it did for several days in the past month or so. Our contractor discovered: 1) there’s a small hole under the sink that goes directly OUTSIDE, and 2) there is a heating coil on the piping that burned out. And that was a good thing, apparently, because, it could have shorted and BURNED DOWN THE WHOLE HOUSE. Yikes – not MEGO.

The dishwater has ceased to work. Oh, it still turns on and off. But the dishes don’t get clean because the water doesn’t drain properly. Or really, at all. I used a ShopVac to suck out the excess water a couple times, hoping that it would solve the problem; it did not.

Fortunately, my primary job as a child was Washing the Dishes, by hand of course. I didn’t really mind either because we used to get graded at school on “health” or some such. The space under my fingernails was always dirty UNLESS I had recently washed the dishes. Ah, soapy water.

So those are the immediate problems. There are also the ongoing issues, such as the oven that you have to set higher than you want, 350 if you want 325, 450 if you want 400, but if you set it TOO high, it doesn’t make it above 300.

Or our freezer door that hasn’t closed properly since 2007, when one of my relatives (not my wife or daughter), while I was putting away something in the lower refrigerator section, decided to get something in the upper freezer section AT THE SAME TIME. I didn’t notice, so I stood up and my head and shoulders rammed into the freezer door, making the seal less precise.

When we first moved into the house in 2000, redoing the kitchen, especially the ugly and dysfunctional cabinets, was a goal. We got a new floor, and the aforementioned stove, dishwasher, and refrigerator have all been purchased since 2002.

There’s no money to buy them ALL again, let alone the redo because we didn’t win the lottery. (Oh, yeah, we didn’t PLAY the lottery.) The dishwasher will probably be replaced first since it’s most chronic.

So, to you new homeowners – you know who you are – THESE are the joys of being the landed gentry.

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

4 thoughts on “The “joys” of home ownership, kitchen edition”

  1. The Pipes in our Bathroom Freeze in Extremely cold weather, (like this year.) So we have to leave the water to drip all night. The same bathroom’s sink drips so we brush and shave in the kitchen. In the seventeen years I have lived here, we have replaced the water heater twice. We have replaced the roof, and we had to have a number of windows after Superstorm Sandy. Our dyer died so we hang clothes on an improvised line, we replaced the washing machine 4 years ago/ Let’s not get started over snow shoveling, and no local parking. Ah, the joys of owning a home!

  2. Wow, you sure have had your share of appliance woes! We’ve been pretty lucky with our kitchen appliances not having any issues but our HE washing machine is starting to get louder and louder so we plan on replacing it and they dryer soon (have to have a matching set of course). Also, I have a side by side fridge/freezer and I don’t like it at all. I want to replace it with a new one with the freezer on the bottom.

  3. I bought this house in 2003, at which time the water heater was 16 years old. It lasted another six before disintegrating from the bottom up. A year-old Kenmore oven was left behind; I went to Sears and bought the fridge and washer-dryer to match. Only current issues: icemaker is wonky, dryer door switch is dead.

    The big money pit is the air conditioning. The existing unit continues to run, but about every five years or so it demands attention, and replacements for the condenser fan are now believed to be extinct.

  4. Just before Christmas, I heard that I was to get a tax rebate. Great I thought, we can use it to pay for a winter holiday somewhere warm. Then one of our radiators stopped working and need the thermostat valve replacing. Plus our boiler and gas fires need servicing, so I’m waiting in for the plumber to arrive and bang goes my tax rebate and any thought of a holiday!

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