Friday, April 21, 2017

Set in My Ways




We have been fortunate to not have to replace appliances in a very long time. With that being said, for the past year our dishwasher has leaked.  Not all the time, just when it felt like it!  The Maytag repair guy recommended a new gasket around the door.  When that was replaced it didn't leak for about a month.  Then it would leak occasionally!  Dealing with this has really been a pain.  I would place a little tray under the right leaky side and get a few drips every now and then.  Then a few weeks ago it began leaking a lot.  This was not okay as we have hardwood floors in our kitchen.  Knowing that the dishwasher was seventeen years old we decided to replace it.  Along with that we replaced the garbage disposal.  I love our new dishwasher and now no longer have to worry about water on the hardwood.




While the grands were visiting I needed to wash a load of laundry.  We noticed the washer took forever to fill.  After checking online, Grayden decided he could probably fix the problem.  After he pulled the washer out in the laundry room, there was a big puddle of grease and oil on the floor!  Well, I'm sure you guessed what we had to do.  Our washer was twenty-three years old, so we can't complain!  Having to replace three items in the same month is not great on the budget, but that's what we had to do.




Dishwashers and washing machines have really changed since we last bought one.  I'm not used to having a washing machine that takes an hour to run!  It does a great job, but really?  Also the dishwasher takes a while as well but it is so quiet!  

So, have you had to replace any of these appliances and found it to be challenging?  Maybe it's just me---Set in my ways! ♥












35 comments:

  1. Martha Ellen, your post really hit home for me, as I just had to get a new refrigerator, and the old one was only five years old! They do not make appliances to last long these days. It's so frustrating. And I also had to get a new washer. I can't tell you how much I could relate to this post, Martha Ellen. It's very hard on the budget, isn't it? Enjoy your new appliances, dear.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Oh Sheri, I feel your pain. That is what concerns me most, the fact that appliances don't last as long as they used to! Our refrigerator is old as well, but I'm afraid to even mention it at the moment. Have a happy weekend, my friend. ♥

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  2. It is always a hassle to replace things like that. The last item I had to replace was my fridge. My other one was older and apparently when I went to get something out of the freezer, it was full and something blocked the way of it shutting all the way. I lost all the items in the freezer and burned up the motor! Hoping to not have to do that again.

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    1. Pam, I'm so sorry to hear you lost a freezer full of items! We had a chest freezer years ago and had a similar thing happen. Hopefully the appliance gremlins will leave us all alone. ♥

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  3. I remember my new washing machine installed only to find that within the month the roof was leaking right above it! Yikes! Replacing is such a chore because for white goods they are needed quickly so there is little time to shop around.
    You would not like British washers because, although there is a quick 15 minute cycle the next shortest cycle is 50 minutes, and then cottons up to a massive 1 hour 45 minutes! Still, it is a low water machine, but then I'm not sure I'm happy with less water to wash clothes with!
    ~~~Deb xoxo

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    1. Deb, my new washer takes an hour to wash and uses less water as well. New High Efficient "HE" machines are all that are available! There are cycles that take quite a bit longer as well. So far even with less water used the clothes appear to be clean! I did as much research as quickly as I could, but I needed a washing machine.
      I can't imagine a new washer and a new roof at the same time--UGH. Have a nice weekend, my friend. xoxo ♥

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  4. Oh- the same thing here, Martha! This new washer takes FOREVER to run...it stops and thinks and then starts up again. Drives me bonkers. I loved my old Maytag but changed them out with someone that was selling their house and gave me the new set....kind of wish I had my old Maytag back...but it was 20+ years old and I know its days are numbered.
    Have a great weekend in your newly applianced home. xo Diana

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    1. Diana, this new washer does take forever! I guess we have to keep up with the times no matter what! The guys that installed it said they don't make them like they used to. That made us feel really good--Ha... Have a nice weekend. xo ♥

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  5. I understand completely. It's a big adjustment and probably the new appliances won't last as long as the old ones as everything is made so cheaply now. But enjoy your quiet DW! Ours is too and I love it--now if I could just figure out how to get rid of the annoying beep letting me know it is finished!

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    1. Dotsie, I'm looking into that beep as well. Our does it several times after it's finished. We wouldn't know it was on except for a light that shines on the floor. We love that. Have a great weekend. ♥

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  6. We are dealing with a water issue as well, though it's not from a leaking appliance. There is a crack in the foundation, and when it rains, our lower level floods. We have ripped up the carpet and are now putting down ceramic tile...and, of course, fixing the crack.

    Our washer, dryer, and frig are all 17 years old. They are running well, so I hope that continues to be the case.

    Is your new washing machine one of those new front-loading kinds? A friend of mine just got one, and she has determined that she can't stand it.

    I love the photo of the sheets on the line! Nothing like line-dried sheets, is there?

    Blessings,
    Patti

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    1. Oh Patti, I'm so sorry to hear about the problems in your home. It sounds like you all are having a time. I do hope your repairs are finished soon.
      I did not want a front loading machine, so we got a top loader. I also got a machine with an agitator. So far I am happy with it. I agree, there is nothing like getting into a bed with sheets that are line dried! Have a nice weekend,Patti. ♥

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  7. Oh my!
    Two major purchases!
    Looks lovely though.
    There's a plus!

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    1. Billie Jo, thank you. There is a bright side to every issue. Have a nice weekend. ♥

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  8. Buying new appliances is a lot.. I can understand, when we moved in our home, we had to washer , drier, refrigerator altogether..

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    1. Those appliances are expensive, Krishna. I guess that's why we should always be prepared for unexpected expenses. Have a nice weekend. ♥

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  9. I haven't replaced an appliance for a few years now...both the washer and dryer at that time. And if I replace the dishwasher, I'll be replacing myself. I would have liked a dishwasher on Easter Sunday, but usually it's no big deal with only I in the house. I did hear from the appliance guy that things have changed and not for the better and he told me that my Maytag meant nothing as a status symbol because the quality of that company is no longer revered. I believe foreign factories were mentioned. Perhaps when more appliances are made at home, the quality will return. Who knows?

    Glad that you have those new appliances. Nothing is worse than limping along with one that isn't working quite right.

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    1. Vee, everyone says the same thing about these new appliances. They just don't last like they used to! My new Maytag washing machine does say it's made in America. The new dishwasher is a Bosch and even though it's a German company most of them are made in North Carolina. Now many of the parts are probably made "somewhere else. " ♥

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  10. Definitely challenging, Martha Ellen! I bought all new appliances when I bought my home thirty years ago. About five years ago, we began replacing them. Although the old washer and dryer still worked after 28 years, the washer began making a loud sound and two friends had recently had bad dryer fires. So, as a precaution, we replaced both. Our original fridge still worked, but the just freezer couldn't keep things cold during our frequent power outages (large, old trees + overhead power wires = lengthy power outages after storms). We had to replace the contents all too frequently. So, a new fridge solved that problem. Appliance shopping is much trickier now, isn't it? Fingers crossed that it will be a while until we all need to go appliance shopping again! Love seeing your sheets on the clothesline, Martha Ellen! Wishing you and Grayden a lovely Spring weekend! ♡

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    1. Dawn, appliance shopping is quite different these days. We knew we were going to need a new dishwasher so we did our research on the one we thought best. We were caught a little by surprise about the washing machine. Our dryer is about five years old so hopefully that will last a little longer. Our refrigerator is 20 years old so I imagine we should be researching its replacement. I hope you and John are enjoying a nice weekend, my friend. ♥

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  11. We went through this too. We replaced the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher at the same time. We got 10 years out of the dishwasher and had to replace it. It's an expensive venture! They told us 8 to 10 years was par for dishwashers so we were right on schedule. I can't be sure on the age of our washer and dryer but I do love the front load feature.

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    1. Liz, considering the expense of these major appliances, I'm not too thrilled to learn they don't last but 10 years. They sure don't make them like they used to! ♥

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  12. A couple years ago my washer seemed to be on its last leg so I went shopping. I did not like the new ones at all! So Ken got the manual for ours and fixed it himself. So far so good. As for refrigerators....I do not recommend GE! We kept our old one for the basement and it is in better shape than the "new" 10-year-old GE is now.

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    1. Cathy, replacing the washer has given me the most angst. I chose a top loading washer with an agitator. So far it appears to be working well. With the longer cycle and the larger tub I can wash more clothes in one load. I wish Grayden could have fixed ours, but the motor was shot. We have a 20 year old GE Profile side by side refrigerator that has worked very well for us. Last year we did have to have the fan motor replaced. Knock on wood for a few more years! ♥

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  13. We have purchased way too many appliances in the past couple of years, purchasing several new ones in our move. This week, our a/c unit gave up the ghost. Ugh. We'll be having a new one installed in a couple of weeks . . . not an expense we wanted to have, but it will be an investment in my sanity!

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    1. Oh no, Cheryl, I'm so sorry about the ac---I sure hope that gets installed before the really hot and humid days come. I hate to say out loud how old our heating and air plant is! ♥

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  14. Your appliances have lasted a good while but when they go at once it gets expensive. It's a mess when your washer decides to go on the blink while you are filling with a load of clothes.

    We replaced our dishwasher again after about 4 years with the kitchenaid. The one we got this time we hired our local plumber to put it in and he found that the installers did not hook the old one up right it was not attached correctly, etc. I feel now that we have to have an installer we can trust to do the job right in order for the appliance to work correctly. This one runs quiet and washes better, but I still don't get why it has to take so long.
    Will soon need a new oven, not sure what to get to replace this one. I have wood floors in the kitchen also and now with canned food hitting it when I drop one or water hits it, it's a worry.
    betsy

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    1. Betsy, I sure hope our new Bosch dishwasher lasts longer than four years! That's terrible--We had professional plumbers install our machine and we were pleased with their work. I really do love our hardwood floors even in the kitchen. They are so easy to keep clean. A friend told me once that when we get a dent scratch it gives them character! I tend to agree. ♥

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  15. When we moved to this house in Colorado we had to get a new washer and dryer so we bought the recommended "water saving" type. It did take time to get used to it, Martha Ellen, as you said it takes over and hour to do a load of wash! The other appliances are fairly new so I hope to get a decade out of them at the very least. Things are certainly not made the way they used to be!

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    1. Pat, the new technology seems to stump me from time to time. But the new appliances are working quite nicely, though. Have a nice week. ♥

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  16. I wish I had a clothes line again; our community doesn't allow them! I remember hanging out clothes with both my mother and grandmother and it was a wonderful time chatting while we worked!

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    1. Susan, I love hanging my sheets on the line. It's really too bad the HOA's of some communities have banned clotheslines. It's very therapeutic and energy efficient. Have a nice week. ♥

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  17. Oh my! I hadn't thought about it being because we are set in our ways. I just hate the trouble of having things installed, etc. We have something wrong with a 'few' of our appliances right now but we are sticking with them until they get worse! lol Why does it seen to all happen at once? Enjoy your week sweet lady. Hugs, Diane

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    1. Diane, I don't like changes very much! The new technology on the new appliances is nice, but the negative me sees something else that would break in the future. I do hope your appliances hang on a little longer. If you haven't bought appliances lately they are quite different. Have a good day. ♥

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  18. I don't much like new appliances either and find that the simpler they are - the longer they last.
    Amalia
    xo

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