Thursday, August 06, 2009

Things We Take for Granted - Dishwashers Included

[CUE UP Joni Mitchell song] "Don't it always seem to go, that you don't know what you got 'til it's gone."

And that goes for kitchen appliances too. Seems the dishwasher is trying to nickel and dime us to death. Well...we ain't gonna put up with that. No sir. It ain't gonna happen. It's a Frigidaire brand (it came with the house when we moved in about seven years ago.) It's not antique or anything, but .... the darned thing is working against us.

First, the springs in the door decided to go. Called the local repair guy and they fixed it. To a tune over $100.00. Then...just last week, the door handle decided to stick: Can't open it; can't close it. Not good.

Rather than continue to pour money into this monster, the wife and I decided it was time to invest in a new one. So we made a trip to Sears last Sunday and bought a new one. It's scheduled for delivery/installation today. (Keeping my fingers crossed that the guy shows up on time and that the process is a smooth one.)

I read some real horror stories on some new dishwashers as I was researching online. Comments like: "leaked all over the floor first time we used it", "it's not getting the dishes clean", "the soap compartment door won't open", "it takes over 2 hours for a wash cycle to complete", "I can get more dishes in my OLD machine". Geesh! We don't need any of that.

Here's the scoop on the new dishwasher. It will match the stove, microwave and refrigerator. Yee haa! OH...and it was on sale, and we are getting a rebate on the delivery and installation fee. And.....they are taking the old dishwasher with them. How cool is that?

Have a great weekend, bloggers!

P.S. The dishwasher guy is installing the new machine as I type this. He told my wife that you should not put any money into a dishwasher that's over five years old. And...he says that Frigidaire, Maytag and GE are the worst machines you can get. They are not the high-quality machines of older days. He also told us we were smart to buy the extended maintenance agreement -- if the control panel goes bad it would be $350 plus labor. Ouch!


Twice Remembered said...

Congrats on the new dishwasher! Being without one for any length of time is such a pain. I hope your new ones is trouble free for years to come!

We have a GE - I'm not impressed. I think we got it a couple of years ago {that whole dishwasher buying saga was awful - I think it took a month to get everything right with the installation - and they damaged our cabinetry in the process, ugh!}

Anyway, enjoy your new appliance!

Anonymous said...

Received my package yesterday. Used the shower gel last night. Great. Thanks again. I hope this didn't make you first giveaway such a nightmare that you don't want to do another.


Michael said...

@Lisa - Glad you got your package. Heck no...I'm doing another giveaway this month. And I promised myself that I'd have it shipped off within 48 hours of drawing the winner's name out of the hat.

--Crafty Dad

Need to Sew said...

Congrats on the dishwasher. I desperately want a new one but ours just won't die!