I have a Cannon cooker, similar to the one in the picture above. I have noticed for a while that the oven doesn't get as hot as it used to, and I put it down to the fact that the cooker is 12 years old. Anyway, yesterday the knob for the oven broke, so I couldn't use the oven at all. I had visions of trying to cook Christmas dinner in my combination microwave and two slow cookers. The thought of that didn't exactly thrill me!
So today I have bought a replacement knob in a specialist electrical store, and I bought a spare knob for the hob, just in case. These two tiny lumps of plastic cost me the princely sum of over £26! At least now my oven seems to be working absolutely fine, so the Christmas dinner has been saved.
Why do these things happen at Christmas? A couple of years ago, our dishwasher died just before Christmas, so we had to order a new one and get it installed quickly. There was also the year that we got up on the Saturday morning before Christmas and found that someone had removed the wheels from my husband's car. As if Christmas wasn't stressful enough!
So hopefully that's it now, no more annoying problems, at least until after Christmas!