Repair or Replace – the Expensive Truth

The number of times I’ve find myself sitting on the couch debating the pros and cons between trying to repair something that’s broken or finding the investment to replace it is innumerate. The latest victim, or perhaps perpetrator, was my gas cooker … that thing you oddly thing will never go wrong as long as you keep getting it checked out and re-certified. Well it seems my one had decided to conk out in the middle of a job and left me not only with the cost of a takeaway (not that the kids seemed to mind the treat), but the quandary I sat with now.

So I did what I assume most would do and hit Google/Check A Trade and stumbled across a company who did both! I figured I’d give them a buzz about repairing my cooker and at the worst case, verify they could send someone who was a certified gas cooker installer as well (which kudos to them they eventually did!) So, fortunately for me, having rung them in the morning they offered to come round later that afternoon and take a look for me. Despite all their best efforts (and several kicks from me in frustration), it looked like mine had drawn its’ last breath and I my dilemma was expensively solved – organise a replacement. So off went the husband down to Curry’s and, with the engineer kindly offering to stay local for the next hour, he picked up a new one with their finance packages, and my old gas cooker was loaded into the back of the truck to be sent to wherever big dead appliances end up at.

A few hours later and my new gas cooker was certified, set up and primed for cooking dinner and saving the kids from the awful microwave meals I’d picked up from Tesco’s just in case. All in all an expensive day but secretly a good one as I landed myself a shiny new cooker and it cost less than I thought to install it and dispose of the old one. Job done!

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