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In which the dishwasher broke

OMG! I just realized that I totally forgot to tell you about my dishwasher saga.  I thought I had written it down but I guess I just wrote it in my head, which while still significant, doesn’t really count.

 

Okay, here’s what occurred.  First of all, before I begin the story let me tell you that we built our house ten years ago so apparently all my appliances are on their last legs.

  1. Built a house

  2. Bought a dishwasher

  3. It wasn’t an American dishwasher

  4. Rule number 1: never buy fancy appliances

  5. … because they cost an arm and a leg to fix

  6. … if you can even get them fixed

  7. So we had an Asko dishwasher

  8. Don’t ask

  9. Last week, Keely and I were in the living room when we smelled something

  10. “What’s that smell?” Keely asked

  11. “No idea” I replied

  12. Ran into kitchen (not Keely…she can’t run remember?)

  13. The kitchen stank like burned plastic

  14. Which reeks by the way

  15. Turned off the dishwasher, the only appliance running

  16. Well, except for the refrigerator which always runs

  17. (So far at least)

  18. Went to bed

  19. Got up the next day

  20. Went to workout

  21. Came home and checked out the dishwasher

  22. Turned on the power and smoke poured out

  23. Turned off the dishwasher

  24. Now the kitchen smelled even worse

  25. called Kevin to say “we need a new dishwasher”

  26. Met Kevin at Sears to buy a new dishwasher

  27. Picked out a KitchenAid dishwasher

  28. A panel ready dishwasher

  29. What is that?

  30. It can have a cabinet panel on it … to match your kitchen ya know?

  31. Rule Number 2: never put cabinet panels on appliances ever again

  32. Because then your options are limited

  33. Checked with the sales guy that the dimensions were correct

  34. Checked again

  35. Reaffirmed that dimensions were correct

  36. Went home and hand washed dishes

  37. For four days

  38. Saturday morning: new dishwasher here

  39. Guess what? Didn’t fit

  40. You heard me.   Did not fit!

  41. It was too deep

  42. And this was BEFORE the panel was put on

  43. WTF?

  44. Didn’t we check that?

  45. And double-check that?

  46. Also, they don’t put on the panels … the installer that is

  47. We would have to do that

  48. Even though we were assured they did

  49. But they didn’t

  50. But no matter

  51. Because the dishwasher was too deep anyways

  52. Went back to Sears

  53. Oh, isn’t your cabinet design standard?

  54. Yes it is

  55. Sears will exchange the dishwasher

  56. But the KitchenAid is too deep

  57. Which is weird because we have standard size cabinets

  58. So where are we?

  59. Without a dishwasher

  60. Without a clue

  61. Without a decision

  62. Rule number 3: never cook or use dishes so a dishwasher is irrelevant

So that’s me! How are you???

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10 Comments

  1. Barbara
    October 2, 2012

    Hey Lynne,

    I’ve been keeping up with you so I can keep Meghan informed about Keely… so glad she’s well.

    I feel your pain about the appliances. We just had to get a new clothes dryer 2 weeks ago. It just stopped working. The repair guy said it was something wrong with the electronics. There’s no way to test exactly what’s wrong with the electronics, so it’s a guessing game. The first fix (which would be a “let’s use a process of elimination game”) would cost us approx. $475. If that didn’t work, then the 2nd fix would be about $525 (of course they had to order the parts so this would mean me not having a dryer for weeks). A new dryer would be about $800. The dryer was 7 years old. The guy said that appliances are only made to last 5 to 10 years, so if we got 7 years out of the dryer with no problems, we were lucky. Needless to say, I have a brand new dryer. Oh, and get this: dryers don’t come with cords. You have to buy those separately!

    You should go to Fergusons to find your custom dishwasher. They have a lot of custom appliances there and they’re very helpful.

    When we moved into our house and had Sears deliver my new refrigerator they said they could only place it in the kitchen (in the middle of the room!). It seems that delivery did not include the unboxing and plugging it in. WHAT??? No wonder Sears is not doing well business-wise…

    Sorry this post is so long. We ought to get some of the swim moms/kids together sometime for a reunion. It would be fun to see how everyone is doing and “where” all ended up.

    • Lynn
      October 2, 2012

      well, the entire appliance thing is such a pain in the ass but i must say that Sears has been great thus far. (other than the initial guy).

      Hope Meghan is well…Keely is doing great now. Getting ready to go check out LA.

      It would be fun to catch up with everyone but i’m not really an organizer.

  2. Julie
    October 2, 2012

    I feel your pain. Our 10 year old Bosch dishwasher bit the dust months ago. Replacing it isn’t in the budget right now ~ or even a “service call” that is a $250 minimum charge. I am so sick of doing dished I could hurl (but that would just be another mess to clean up).

    • Lynn
      October 2, 2012

      That totally sucks…i’m sick of it after a week or two

  3. Mayor Gia
    October 2, 2012

    Well, now i’m exhausted from reading that. Whew.
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    • Lynn
      October 2, 2012

      hahaha…stay tuned for updates

  4. Ashley Pariseau
    October 2, 2012

    I like 62.

    • Lynn
      October 2, 2012

      me too!!!

  5. Jess
    October 2, 2012

    Paper plates and takeout? :)

    Having been a plumber in a past life, appliances are a pain but not terrible (if you get decent help the first time with sizing. How annoying!!).Replacing my fricken flooring now…that’s been a ridiculous extravaganza of irritation. Carpet + large fuzzball dogs = disaster. Sigh.

    • Lynn
      October 2, 2012

      large fuzzball dogs hahaha

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