Goodbye Appliances

Even our appliances tapped out of 2020

We’ve de-cluttered our home (multiple times), abandoned old beliefs and attachments to identity, lost our beloved fur babies (who we will never forget). The last thing I expected was for our most used/valued appliances to tap out of 2020.

Does the drama of my machines warrant a blog post? Under normal circumstances, absolutely not. But these are COVID times.

The Washing Machine

December 2019, I was planning to visit my mother in Nevada when my good (but old) washing machine stopped performing the rinse/spin cycle. She was slowly giving up the mechanical ghost. There was no time to research/purchase and schedule delivery for a replacement before leaving on our trip. Packing included running back and forth to the laundromat. It wasn’t all bad, listening to audiobooks while getting six loads done in under 2 hours.

I conducted my research/purchase in Nevada, and in January 2020, a week after we returned home, Costco delivered our new washer.

The Dryer

Six months later, late-June, our dryer started crying out in mechanical pain. Turns out, some plastic pieces had worn away. The ear-raping sound of metal on metal assaulted us from all over the house, a noise worse than the boom of illegal fireworks.

Since it still heated, I opted to have the plastic parts replaced ($400).  When the repairman showed up, he kept going on about looks and how I should just buy a new one ($700+, but I’m about function, not esthetics).

For me, peace of mind is everything; this is especially true in these COVID times. Torn, I eventually sent the young repairman away, choosing to buy a new machine. But I couldn’t stomach spending that much to replace a dryer that still worked. So I scheduled another repair appointment.

The next tech refused to perform any repairs on my dryer and gave me a list of where to find an off-brand/Whirlpool (aka Roper/Amana) for much a little more than the cost to repair.

Which I did, so it all worked out.

Oh, 2020.