Money Roundup: Annoying Obsolescence Edition

by Michael on Sep 29, 2012 · 1 comment

Earlier this week the light kit on the ceiling fan in our kitchen went out. I flipped the lights on, heard a fizzle, and all four bulbs went out at once.

I checked the bulbs and they were okay, so clearly that wasn’t the problem. The fan still works fine, so I figured that I’d just head to the store and pick up a replacement fixture. But guess what? That’s not as easy as it sounds.

Apparently light kits are specific not only to certain brands, but also certain models. I checked multiple stores in town and even called Hunter. They all said the same thing. It’s out of production and I can’t get a replacement.

Even if I could get a universal light kit of some sort to do the job, I’m not sure I’d want one. We have two identical fans in plain sight of each other and we want them to match. Thus, any old light kit won’t work.

So… We’re now faced with a choice. I can either re-wire the light kit (possible, though I don’t really want to risk burning down our house due to my lack of electrical skillz) or we can replace the fan.

The good news is that we have another fan of this model in a different room, so I could move that to the kitchen and then put the new unit in the other room. At least that way the kitchen and dinette would still match.

It’s just frustrating that these things become obsolete so quickly. The fan is only a few years old. You’d think I’d be able to find replacement parts, but I haven’t had any luck so far. Oh well…

And now, here are some links that caught my eye this week:

Have a great weekend!


1 Michael October 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Lesson learned: Don’t give up when you hit an apparent wall. While waiting on hold with Hunter during my original call I fired off an e-mail to their service department about this problem. The phone rep told me the part was unavailable but I just got an e-mail back with a part #, price, and ordering instructions.

Just called back to place the order. Should be here soon… Persistence ftw!

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