I’ve had my share of appliance woes as of late. It all started with my dryer. It would turn and run but it wouldn’t heat. UGH. I absolutely hate paying for repairmen to come. When Kramer was living, he took care of these things for me all the time, and rarely, if ever, did we hire repairmen.
Well, I was bound and determined I was going to give it a try. So…I tried. I watched Youtube repair videos.
I bought a replacement part off of Amazon for $8.
I tried to replace it only to discover that I had the wrong part. I returned it and got the right part. I replaced it. No luck. AHH. I was so frustrated.
I asked Craig about it and he said he didn’t know much about dryers. I watched Youtube after Youtube video and tried for 3 weeks but, I couldn’t figure it out.
The dryer ran…it didn’t heat. One video I watched showed taking out the drum. That’s where I drew the line.
So I started the debate…Do I just buy a new one? This dryer was in the house when we bought it. The dryer is old. UGH.
Well then if I bought a dryer do I want a matching washer. Yes, I want a matching washer but can I afford a matching washer. UGH.
So, what is a girl do? …I broke down and called the repairman to come.
The repairman came. He looked the whole thing over and like me, he was stumped.
Then he looked at the setting buttons… It looked like this.
The darn thing had been bumped when I put stuff on top of the dryer. It was on the delicate/air fluff setting. Oh, my word. I was so frustrated. I paid $75 for a repair visit only to find my dryer was on the wrong setting.
I’m so glad I didn’t buy a new one!! Now it’s on regular and if it starts to not heat, you can bet the first place I will check will be the temperature setting.
How embarrassing…and why didn’t a single Youtube video that watched say, “check the temperature setting FIRST”… Oh my, I might have to start doing my own Youtube dryer repair videos.
The dryer wasn’t my only appliance to act up. My dishwasher did too! My dishwasher is almost a year old and I’ve had so much frustration with it. You can read about my previous dishwasher saga HERE.
This time water wasn’t leaking. This time, the dishes weren’t getting cleaned. Of course, it happened over Thanksgiving when there were extra dishes. I chalked it up to someone else loading the dishwasher and overloading it or putting something in the way so the nozzles wouldn’t spin.
The next day, I tried loading it…still the dishes weren’t as clean as they should be. AH!! I was not in the mood for more appliance repair.
I ended up on the phone. My dishwasher is still under warranty for a couple more weeks. It was time to call the company and get someone out to look at it. I had such a terrible experience with that last time. I hoped this time would be better.
I sat on the phone for 45 minutes on hold. It still cracks me up that the first song that the company’s phone hold plays is “Don’t you Forget About Me.”
I definitely felt forgotten about.
The gal finally came on the line and set up someone to come. That part of the call took about 5 minutes. So 50 minutes later I had someone coming.
Well, that night Kelli was here for supper. I decided I would try the dishwasher one more time. As I was loading the dishwasher, something caught my eye…this…
The nozzles were plugged! WHAT? No wonder the dishwasher wasn’t working.
That explained why I had a dirty pyrex measuring cut in one spot of the dishwasher and it didn’t get clean so I moved it, ran the wash again, and then it did get clean. The nozzle was clogged which should have reached the position of the cup-but-when I moved the cup and ran it through the wash again it got clean.
So…I took a tweezer and a pin and cleaned out the nozzles. The dishwasher totally works now. Oh, my word.
So the next day I talked to the repairman that was supposed to come and look at my dishwasher and told them to cancel the appointment.
So, here are some tips from “Handygirl Jo”…
1-check the heat settings on your dryer before you call the repairman
2-check the nozzles in your dishwasher before you call the repairman
Simple “fixes” most anyone could do. AHHH!!
Like the title of this post says…appliance woes.