Do I really want another dishwasher? I don’t know. We have had some miserable luck with our last three dishwashers, with each one being a “more trouble than it’s worth” situation. With the first of these three we were part of a recall but unfortunately a defective motor had caused other expensive problems that the recall would not cover. Our next dishwasher was another beautiful top of the line model. It had all the bells and whistles… and apparently also a lot of defective electrical components. One week past the one year warranty, this dishwasher just stopped working. Again this was an acknowledged defect. And again the defective parts had caused other expensive damage that the recall would not cover.
I don’t remember dishwashers before these three being such a continual problem. Did I really just put the dishes in, turn the dishwasher on and not too much later take the dishes out? I also remember sparkling clean dishes… is it just me, or are these energy efficient multi-cycle dishwashers somewhat less efficient and reliable than dishwashers used to be?
We’ve had our current dishwasher slightly over two years. It has an unfortunate tendency to just shut itself off in the middle of a cycle for no apparent reason. It started doing this almost immediately after it was installed but the manufacturer insisted that it was nothing to worry about.. that the computer senses when the water temperature isn’t hot enough and shuts everything off as a protective measure. We were told to flip the switch at the circuit breaker when this happens and reset the controls. This does get the dishwasher going (even though the water temperature has not changed)… until the next time the dishwasher shuts itself off again. This shutting off happens several times a week. More recently the dishwasher has started to leak. Not a lot of water, but still enough to make a mess and eventually damage the floor. We had the door gasket replaced and that was supposed to stop the leaking. It didn’t. Then we had the wiper gasket replaced. That was supposed to stop the leaking. It didn’t. It might make more sense if the dishwasher leaked every time it was in use, or if the leak happened at the same point during a specific cycle. It doesn’t. Sometimes a cycle will go all the way through with no leaking at all… sometimes there will be just a few drops of water and sometimes the water gushes forth like it’s coming from a faucet. There are no bad valves, hoses with holes or any other obvious reasons for the leaking and we’re reluctant to sink more money into repairs for a machine that has always had electronic problems.
So we have yet another dishwasher that we can’t depend on. When I first realized that the leak probably wasn’t going to be fixed, I was automatically thinking about buying another dishwasher and not liking the idea very much. More recently, I have been wondering if I even want another dishwasher. About the only reason I can think of for wanting one is so it would be available for when I can’t physically stand at the sink long enough to wash dishes by hand. Realistically speaking those times happen more often than I like to admit, and I have had this back injury for enough years to know that these periodic setbacks are part of my life now. Having a dishwasher for those times would help a lot.
I actually don’t mind doing dishes and recently I haven’t been using the dishwasher at all. I wash dishes three times a day, using very hot soapy water in one sink and very hot water to rinse in the other. I know all the comparisons insist that dishwashers use less water than washing dishes by hand, but I am positive that my two sink method doesn’t use as much water as the dishwasher does. I’m also much faster!
:o) All of our recent dishwashers have had super energy efficient features and the washing process took a really long time… our current dishwasher takes two and a half hours on the pots and pans cycle.
I still haven’t decided if I want to try another dishwasher… or not… but a couple of nights ago, I happened to hear the last part of an advertisement for a certain dishwasher model. This dishwasher, the man said, wouldn’t walk your dog or answer your email, but it would get your dishes clean in a reasonable amount of time.
I think I might like that.