I don’t know who was more excited the kids or me. Here are my first impressions and some suggestions for the people at Frigidaire.
The installation by a local company was a snap. The gentleman installing it arrived on time and didn’t need turn-by-turn directions and me standing in the street waving to get here. (It’s amazing how many people have a tough time getting here even though they have GPS units in their delivery or work vans.)
He took a look at my old unit and range hood, and asked me to remove the spices from the cabinet above the stove, since he needed access to install the microwave. After he removed the old unit, he gave me a few minutes to clean the floor, wall and cabinet sides – it’s amazing how much yucky crud had accumulated even behind the old stove in the last nine years. Thank goodness I was on the phone with GeekMommy or I would have hurled.
My installer also repositioned the electric plug since like the rest of this house, things were done a bit strangely by the builders. Even so, the install took less than an hour and was done with a minimum of fuss, inconvenience or noise.
Recommendation: I’ll touch on this later, but these new appliances are a bit intimidating with all their buttons and setting. A few basic instructions from the installer on how to use the stove top, microwave and stove would have been a classy touch. I’ve had home theater and satellite TV installers do that. Instead, the only tip from my installer was to clean the range with the special stove top polish (a small bottle came with the appliances) before using it to cook.
I know that may be impossible to train installers on every single product they handle, so another option would be a new owner’s DVD that would cover use and care. Also, coupons for stove and microwave safe cleaning products along with instruction booklets and warranty info would have been cool, too.