Rant: Dishwashers Suck

Rant: Dishwashers Suck

Date
March 9, 2021

I love not having to do dishes. But, when the bliss of tossing all the dirty dishes in a magical machine at the end of the night suddenly vanishes, tempers flare. I'm not saying my world comes crashing down, but when just about any modern convenience is taken, it throws a wrench into things. So, I also hate my dishwasher. Will it be tomorrow morning when I wake up to still dirty dishes, or worse, a huge puddle of water on the kitchen floor? Both happened and ruined mornings for everyone.

However, this is a story of triumph, so stay tuned!

Last weekend, I was confronted by a dishwasher situation that was inflicted on me before. The wound was still fresh.

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A complete cycle ran in the wee hours of the morning, but the final drain didn't complete. Shit! I hadn't cleaned out the filter in the bottom of the dishwasher tub recently. Oh, but I had the solution! Last time this happened, a few months ago, I eventually found the solution so I knew exactly what to do. I was so smug that I waited to fix it until I set it to run overnight.

But, it didn't work.

"I won't let it win" I thought. The only reasonable way to find out the problem was to pull the dishwasher out. It was a last resort because to do so I'd have to turn off the power, unplug the drain hose (and find somewhere to put all the water), turn off the water, disconnect the power (it wasn't just plugged in), and empty all the dirty dishes. None of these are things I want to be doing on a Sunday night. But, I pressed on.

Long story short, the drain hose was pinned behind when the dishwasher was pushed in and it had developed a crack. That created all sorts of problems including a water leak. After everything was cleaned up and the hose shortened to remove the crack, I finally got everything put together and working a couple hours later!

Now there is peace and life in the Fate kitchen is back to normal.

(Don't call me to fix your dishwasher - I'll probably be paying someone else to fix mine next time)

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