I had so much to get through today, starting with me finishing off some fence painting this morning before moving on to some freelance work this afternoon.What instead happened was that the washing machine gave up and I spent all morning sorting it out, finally giving up and ordering a new one.
Almost this time last year Martin and I fixed this machine's electrical panel, which had been constructed of flimsy plastic and had cracked itself loose around its fixings. We managed to effect a temporary repair and from that day on I resigned myself to only spinning at 1000rpm instead of 1600rpm to reduce the vibration.
Well, finally it has shaken itself loose again and this time the electrics have been damaged. I only realised when I walked past the machine to go outside and thought "There's no digital display and it's been filling for a long time". When I looked, the water was three quarters up the inside of the glass, indicating that the fill time-out wasn't working, so I hurriedly stopped it. We took a look inside to see if the electrics were playing up again and sure enough, the electrical panel was hanging off the side of the machine. We went round the whole machine, unplugging and reconnecting all of the electrical plus just in case one had worked loose, but no matter what we did we could not get the lights to flicker.
I managed to draw a good five full buckets of water off the machine, got the clothes out, rinsed and wrung them out in the bath, and then sorted out going across to my mother-in-laws tomorrow evening to cook a roast dinner and use her machine to wash the rest of the week's clothes.
I guess it hung on as long as it could. It cost us £150 originally, having been lightly used at a 'test centre' five times before we bagged it for a discount of £350 and used it for five years. The fact it kept going for 3-5 washes a week for another 12 months I am incredibly grateful for. I worked out over the six years it has done over 1000 washes at around 1.5p a wash.
Anyway, I have the money to pay for a new one. I was about to buy a tumble dryer this weekend, having had enough of damp washing in the doorways and on radiators every winter and worked out it would add around £30 a year to my electric bill, which I was willing to stomach. Instead I have bought the washing machine and it will be delivered Monday. I'm now on the lookout for a freestanding clothes rail to hang up wet items to dry on hangers, instead of them lurking in doorways off the doorframe.
I spent a good 90 minutes comparing the machines that ticked all the boxes:
- Large capacity machine for washing duvets and bedspreads, 8kg upwards
- Quick wash facility
- Efficient water and detergent usage
- A+++ rating
- Low/cold wash facility
- Longest possible guarantee
After searching around I one that I wanted and was recommended by Which? magazine, the Samsung Ecobubble, which generates bubbles with the detergent to clean better at really low temperatures. However, no matter what I did I couldn't get delivery when I needed it from John Lewis. Express Delivery was going to cost £20 but I couldn't get a delivery for Monday 5th, only Tuesday 6th, and I'm in an office working Tuesday to Thursday. There were no time slots for any other time this week, and the standard delivery/specific time slots started more than a week away on Tuesday 13th, again when I was at work. The earliest I could get when I would be here and didn't have to take time off was Friday 17th October.
In comparison, I went to AO.com, immediately got a booking for Monday for £4.99 and £20 off my first order. Everything else was the same. Martin is taking the old one to the tip and I'll connect the new one.
I'm a bit disappointed, because really I use John Lewis because of their reputation for problem resolution and I don't know how good AO.com will be if I have a problem, but we shall have to see.