It's one of those moments you dread, you load the washing machine, hear it fill with water, listen to the drum start turning and then nothing. Kaput! It happened to me last week. To be fair, my old washer hadn't done bad. Usually I'd get a repair man out to fix it but it was over ten years old and I'd noticed that the seal had recently started dripping water too so I doubt it would have been economical to mend.
I'd remembered a post which Jayne from The View From Bag End had written recently when her drier broke. She'd had really good service from an online company so I searched for the post and found it, Appliances Online 1, John Lewis 0. One of the engineers who Mick works with had recommended the same company and online reviews of Appliances Online were very good. It was good enough for me, especially as I found a washing machine I liked on their website and an extra 10% discount code. You can purchase from this company through Top Cashback too so that's an extra saving.
I ordered the washer after 9pm last Thursday evening and it was delivered on Saturday afternoon without any delivery charge or additional charge for a weekend delivery. I thought that was excellent. There was a text first thing on Saturday morning to give us a four hour time slot so that we didn't have to stay in all day, and then a telephone call nearer the time of the delivery to tell us they were on their way and that they'd be with us within the hour. The washer was carried in to the kitchen for us by the delivery men. Unfortunately, plumbing it in wasn't such an easy job for Mick. The design of the kitchen makes it hard to slot it in to place because of its depth but he got there in the end, however, we came across another snag when the cupboard door wasn't so easy to fit. It's an integrated appliance and you'd think that each appliance would have the same fittings, but they don't. The door needed the hinges to be put in a different position to that which they'd been in on the last washer so this is how the washing machine sat in my kitchen until Monday when Mick took the cupboard door to work and got one of the lads who used to be a shopfitter to sort it out.
This photo shows what I mean. You can see how the hinges have had to be moved in order to get the door to fit correctly. It's a good job it's on the inside of the door and can't be seen.
Anyway, it wasn't a big job and I've got a working washing machine again, so now I've got a question for you all. How often do you wash? When Daniel and Eleanor were at school I would wash every other day. They each wore a clean shirt each day and though Mick doesn't wear a shirt for work every day, if he'd had meetings that week I could have six shirts to wash every two days, along with everything else which had been worn. I hate washing or ironing to pile up so I like to keep on top of it. Now that Daniel's not at home I have less washing but I still wash nearly as frequently even though I have smaller loads. This can't be cost effective or environmentally friendly so I've decided that I'm going to cut this down and leave the washing until I have a full load. This doesn't include the towels which I've always washed when I've got a full load or the bedding which gets washed as it's taken off the beds. It will mean that I have more washing and ironing to do in one go, but it will cut down on how many times a week I'm doing it.
We'll see how I get on.