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Baffling Electronica

It being suddenly cold and rainy here in the Windy City, I decided that afternoon tea would be a nice thing to have while I wait for my challah to rise. Unfortunately, the electric tea kettle has other ideas. Despite working perfectly well this morning, it is now refusing to boil water. The outlet itself is fine (I tested it with the toaster), so it must be a problem with the kettle itself. The plug and the cord seem fine, and nothing appears to have changed since this morning. Does anyone have any other ideas for things I could check?

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dot_o_choillmor
Aug. 29th, 2006 09:50 pm (UTC)
See the little button? You have to click that.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:26 am (UTC)
Been there, done that, got no response.
dawtheminstrel
Aug. 29th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
An electric kettle? Doesn't your stove work?
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
Oh, the stove works fine, and if the kettle isn't working tomorrow, then I can boil water in a pan for tea. The electric kettle comes from dorm days in college, and it's served quite well, up until today.
dot_o_choillmor
Aug. 30th, 2006 10:13 am (UTC)
I'd go with buying a new one. I didn't even know people still boiled water on the stove to make tea...
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:15 pm (UTC)
I have to admit. . . If I do need to get another kettle (and this is looking more and more likely), I'm kind of leaning towards a non-electric, just because those tend to last forever. On the other hand, I like electric kettles. I don't know. We'll see how much birthday money I end up with, and what I can find in the shops for how much.
fafojoy
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
Buy a tea kettle and put it on the stove and then have a RIP ceremony for the electric kettle?

Sorry.. that is the extent of my electrical knowledge. IF the outlet works and the kettle doesn't... then its dead.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 12:29 am (UTC)
Sigh. I figured that might be the problem. After all, the kettle is about ten years old. At least I'll have birthday money coming soon, so I could Do Something about the kettle situation.
karenator001
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:13 am (UTC)
At least I'll have birthday money coming soon, so I could Do Something about the kettle situation.

Poor grad student. Let us know what bank to send our donations to the "French Pony Teapot Fund". I'm laughing, but I really do sympathize. I recall when my old percolator from college died. That was only about four or five years ago. I used it to make mulled cider. Anyway, I had to ask for one for Christmas. I have a nice shiny one now. But I kind of miss the old Harvest Gold one. She was a loyal friend.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
I'm not completely giving up on the teakettle yet. I want to see if it'll shape up by tomorrow. But it doesn't look good. We'll see. There's a Sears on State Street where I could probably get something not-too-pricey.

Harvest Gold? That's a dated color, isn't it?
karenator001
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:37 am (UTC)
Harvest Gold? That's a dated color, isn't it?

LOL! Uh...yeah. Tells you when I knocking around academia. Most of that decade, in fact. But the Harvest Gold Girl was a trooper. She made it through college, single-life, marriage and two kids. They just don't make 'em like her anymore.

I'm not completely giving up on the teakettle yet. I want to see if it'll shape up by tomorrow.</i. I really had to laugh at that. I'd do the same thing. Too early to admit defeat. I'd give it a stern talking to and a good night's rest. Then give it ONE MORE CHANCE.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
Tells you when I knocking around academia.

Yes, yes it do. But you're right, appliances from back then are troopers. My former refrigerator was of that era, and as far as I know, it's still chugging along back in Grad School Town.
karenator001
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Lj didn't post the whole thing.

I'm not completely giving up on the teakettle yet. I want to see if it'll shape up by tomorrow.

I really had to laugh at that. I'd do the same thing. Too early to admit defeat. I'd give it a stern talking to and a good night's rest. Then give it ONE MORE CHANCE. Maybe more than one.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
Sometimes, problems do go away. It's weird, but it happens.
karenator001
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
One more appliance story
There's a Sears on State Street where I could probably get something not-too-pricey.

I hadn't been married long...still not in the senior citizen crowd...and I went to replace an appliance. Shoot, I can't even remember what it was. But as I talking to the sales lady, I remarked that the previous one I'd had was a good one. Maybe it was a drip coffee maker. Anyway, I told her I'd had the one no longer working since I was in college. She replied: "That was a long time ago." I was in my late twenties.

On the same day, I purchased something else in another department and when the 'girl' (and she was a girl) asked to see my driver's license, she looked at it, then at me and said: "So which is really your hair color?" Both of them, you snotty kid. It's the same.

I think that store went out of business.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
Re: One more appliance story
With service like that, I'm not surprised.
meckinock
Aug. 30th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
There's a Target at Clark and Roosevelt now.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
The Target website does have a good selection of kettles that hovers around twenty bucks. I'm giving the current kettle until tomorrow to get its act together, and then I may take action.

Are you back in town?
(Anonymous)
Aug. 30th, 2006 05:29 am (UTC)
Does anyone have any other ideas for things I could check?

The new kettle store?

Perhaps it just doesn't like working on Chicago electricity.
bodkin_ra
Aug. 30th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
C'etait moi. Mais j'ai oublie le sign-in.
frenchpony
Aug. 30th, 2006 01:17 pm (UTC)
The new kettle store does seem to be the consensus here. Le sigh.

The thing has worked fine on Chicago electricity for years on the North Side, and then another couple of weeks down in Hyde Park. I think its only complaint would be that it's aging rapidly.
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