22 November 2011

RIP Dishwasher

At rate we are spending money in the JellyBelly household, I will never own my own K.elly bag.

I guess it's bound to happen. Our house is fourteen years old and with the exception of the refrigerator, so are the appliances. We tried to run the dishwasher Friday night and realized Saturday morning that nothing happened. We asked my dad, who can fix just about anything, and he had no insight (my parents have never owned a dishwasher and this is the first home I have lived in with one in it!).

So we called the very nice local repair guy. We had our dishwasher fixed a few years ago and were able to buy some time -- there was something wrong with the door and I MacGyvered a system with a kitchen chair and a book (I pride myself on being handy as well). The repair guy was here less than five minutes and he was able to give the diagnosis:

The motor is siezed. A replacement motor would cost $199 and the work would be $300.

My next questions was: "Do you have a dishwasher that you would recommend?"

So friends, recommendations anyone? We don't want to spend more than $500 and we're going with white (our real estate agent said that as long as everything matches, we don't need to go stainless. Praise Jesus, I didn't want to have to replace ALL my kitchen appliances!).

p.s. I missed my call from the nurses at PPVI yesterday and I was sitting beside the phone ALL DAY. She must've called when I picked up to see if my phone was working. Apparently our Lord is trying to teach me a little more patience....


  1. Have you thought about shopping online for gently used appliances? Many newspapers have their for sale ads on line now.

    Do they have freecycle.org in your area? Sometimes you can get a decent appliance that way too.

  2. According to the con.sum.er re.por.ts buying guide for 2012, the whirlpool gold is a best buy and is $500 and the whirlpool du1055xtv[q] is a best buy and is $380. Hope this helps!

  3. I agree with {the other} Rebecca - check out gently used appliances - huge money can be saved there!

  4. I have no recommendations, but am curious about others'. We'll need to replace ours at the new house sooner than later.

  5. We have a Whirlpool Quiet Partner II and have been very happy with it. My standards are a bit low since I was doing dishes by hand for 15 years ;) We've had it for 2 1/2 years, it's quiet and it cleans well. It has lots of options for washes and it has a delay so we can run it while we aren't home. I like that option. Good luck shopping!

  6. You give me hope - that looks like our dishwasher and, well, I'd like it to RIP. :) I second the consumer reports recommendation. You may also find something at black friday. Good luck!

  7. I have a Whirlpool Gold appliance. It has worked really nice for me the last 5 years.
    I've SO been there waiting for a call from PPVI ... and the minute you're unprepared ... they call ... and you play phone tag the rest of the day! AHHH!!!

  8. We bought a Bosch last year and it has it's good points and bad points. It's extremely quiet (which was our #1 citeria) and cleans well, but dowesn't fit as much as my Maytag, which was so loud we had to leave the room to talk.