LG, GE, Kenmore, Electrolux, Maytag..they're all the same.

I'm not too pleased with the washer and dryer I bought a few years ago. I know I did get style points because the appliances are deep red.  But red alone does not get the wash done. And red shows every scratch that the jugs of soap leave on the top of them.

After having the plumber unclog the washer drain line and after having the repair person pull a thin sock of mine out of the sump (the small door on the lower front where small items get stored for the repair person to find them), I thought I'm home free!

Yeah, um no.  This time the all clothes were stuck inside the washer drum...with the door locked and keeping them wet...for two days!  I called the repair person.  No answer.  I looked in the manual to find out what OE meant on the message board.  OE was there but there was no instruction that dealt with why it was there or how to make it disappear.

By trying the other solutions not meant for OE, I finally got the door open.  I had to wring the clothes out and stick them into plastic bags. And off I went to the laundromat.

I like the local laundromat.  While the one closest to home these days is not the first laundromat that Carl and I did our first loads of wash together for a number of years, there is a memory that comes back to me.

First, laundromats don't stink. The lighting is very good. The people are mostly friendly.  You cannot rush a machine.  You need to be there to watch your stuff.  It's a good place to read a book.  It seems somewhat comforting.

I got the wash done and hauled it back home in its wet form, to dry three loads in the dryer.

Aha!  The repair person was able to come that evening! He was very nice and after wrestling with the machine, he won the match.  The cause was a small bunch of string/fabric...stuck in that damn sump. Once that was removed water was sucked out properly.

Message to self...never buy a washer or dryer that is full of buttons and choices, and only buy white.  It takes me longer to make all the selections than to run a load through.  As I was at the laundromat, I looked around. Except for the machine sizes, they were all the same: had nothing to screw them up by the users, ran in a 30 minute cycle, hot or cold, fast or faster, on or off, and they were all stainless.  Why do I have a normal cycle that takes 1 hour and 9 minutes?  Yes, the fall back position is the speed cycle which takes only 30 minutes.  That's for me!

Now, if I can only get the new lint filter for my dryer that I ordered direct from the manufacturer and was supposed to be at the house a week ago.  That might make a slightly more perfect world.

Live richly.  marilyn


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