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October 03, 2005

Diagnosis: Dumb

I should just give up and name this The Appliance Chronicles.

The Saga of the Dishwasher is hopefully over, for real this time.

We called an appliance repair service out on Saturday to see what the problem was. The repair guy looked over all of our connections and hoses and found absolutely NOTHING WRONG.

He ran an intake cycle--nothing.

He ran an outtake cycle--nothing.

No leaks. Not a drop of water.

He finally said, "I think I know what's wrong."

Frinklin and I stared at him with hollow eyes.

"How much soap are you using?" he asked.

"A full cup, per the directions," I answered.

"You have a Frigidaire. They are temperamental and use very little water; they’re one of the most efficient machines you can buy. Have you ever used a Frigidaire before?"

"No. I've apparently only used water guzzlers previously." It was beginning to dawn on me what he was going to say.

"Well, I would advise you to use no more than 1/2 cup of soap when doing a load of dishes. Anything else will cause it to continue to overflow."

Then he was out the door with my $50 and we supposedly have a working dishwasher again. We have yet to run a full cycle, but we've left the bottom panel off until we confirm that the next several runs keep all the water on the inside of the machine.

In other appliance news, our furnace is on its maiden run as I type. Warm air does appear to be issuing forth from various floor vents, so all appears in order. I distinctly remember the home inspector telling us that the furnace is relatively new, so nothing better go wrong with that sucker.

Posted by Ensie at October 3, 2005 07:37 PM

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In retrospect, someday, you'll find that pretty funny ;)

Posted by: eden at October 4, 2005 10:52 AM

After I first moved in, the brand spanking new dishwasher didn't work. The water flowed but it didn't splash and it didn't get the dishes wet. No good. I tried again and again. The little cup of soap would open and dry soap would drizzle down the door. On my next try, I'd fill the soap cup again and it would drizzle on down. Over and over. So when Mr. Maytag came out (after enough hassle that I felt it was only right I should gouge out at least one of his eyes), he had the nerve to lecture me about using too much soap. So after he unkinked the hose and fixed the dishwasher, I collected both his eyes with my little melon baller. And then I ran it through the dishwasher so I can use it for parties. Good for you for showing more restraint than me!

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