Sunday, July 16, 2006

Lady Jan's Problems--Things are Blowing-up!

My daughter was going to vacuum her room today, and when she turned on the vacuum cleaner, I noticed two things; the vacuum sounded odd--like something was jammed in the hose, and the second was that it had a musty, mildew-ie smell to it.

I stopped my daughter and told her to "take out the old bag, and replace it with a new one." When she opened the vacuum she brought it to me to see that the bag was blown-up, and glass and water were all inside the vacuum cleaner--that explained the mildew-ie smell.

A week ago or so--my daughter was helping in the kitchen, and she was cleaning the door to my little old second hand convection oven, and she must have applied the right kind of pressure to the wrong spot--BAM!

I heard a sound like a riffle going off!

The door broke in millions of tiny pieces! And they had flew all over the kitchen! Luckily my daughter only had a couple of small cuts on her, and she is okay.

After I laid down a thick towel on the glass covered floor, so my bare foot daughter to walk out of the kitchen with out getting her feet cut, then we both took turns vacuuming up the glass with the before mentioned vacuum cleaner.

That's were the glass came from, but I'm at a loss as to where the water came from?

So today, (deep sigh) we both spent the better part of an hour cleaning out the insides of the vacuum cleaner, and trying to pick out the glass from all the nook and small crannies of the vacuum bag housing. We had to finally resort to hosing out the insides with the sink hose(that my husband thoughtfully installed for me), and we were real careful not to get any water inside the motor.

If that doesn't do it and the vacuum is still acting up tomorrow, then I'm going to have to take it into the repair shop at Sears.

At least I still have the extended warranty on it.


madcapmum said...

Eesh, good luck. I have an appliance that needs repair now, too, and I"m hoping it doesn't lead me down one of those paths where suddenly it seems that everything needs to be fixed!

ipodmomma said...

wow, that could have been a close one! hope it is okay without the need of Sears...

Janice said...

Hi Madcap,

Yes, I need to take the vaccum in I think, and I need a new convection oven. And my old one was 25 years old and they don't make the door that was broke anymore.

Hi Ipodmomma,

Yeah, it was very close! And I forgot to mention that my daughter had glass all over her, and I had her take a shower to get the glass out of her hair too.

Lady Jan~

Granny said...

My microwave door is acting up a little. We have to be careful how we close it.

Always something, isn't it.

Janice said...

Hi Ann,

Oh, you got to be careful with microwaves, if there is a problem with your door you probably need to have it checked to see if it is leaking when it's on.

I looked this up for you:

You can take the oven in to a service center and they will check it for leaks but determine if there's a service charge before you do it. Another way to detect leaks is to run a a small florescent bulb around the perimeter of the space where the door meets the oven frame. Microwave energy from a microwave oven is so weak there's little chance of it harming you and if the oven were leaking you could feel it if you placed your hand around the door seal. You may feel some hot air but don't confuse it with microwave energy. If you use your hand, check the oven when it's cold. And remember that microwave energy is non-ionizing so it only produces heat in matter and does not contaminate it. Microwave cooking has been use for over 50 years and there's never been any reported harm from the ovens.

I hope that helps.

Lady Jan~

megz_mum said...

Picking out pieces of glass sounds like a horrible job. I hope you fixed it after all your efforts!

Janice said...

Hi Megz_mum,

It was, and we used twissers too. The vaccum is making an odd noise still, so either I need to check the hose for a wad of something or other, or I need to just take the thing in.

Lady Jan~

Lisa Griffin said...

Janice, I had to replace my vacuum cleaner, just last week. Not because of anything like what happened to you. It was just old and worn out. lol.

Janice said...

Hi Lisa,

I didn't have to replace it, but I did have to take it in. They changed a couple of things, and told us it was fine just "Dirty." Like I didn't know that!

I hope you got a good vacuum cleaner at a good price.