Thursday, September 20, 2007

Oh, What a New Major Appliance Year. . .

Why is it that when one major appliance in the house fails, they all feel like they have to join the party? Is it something like a contagious disease? But is it so surprising when most of them in our house are in the 15-25 year old range?

It wasn't too surprising when the upright freezer out in the garage dies several months ago. It had been complaining for a long time and was easy enough to replace. Then, early this summer, the refrigerator decided to become incontinent. It never stopped working but we had to mop up water every couple of days that it was depositing on the kitchen floor. I did write about the adventures of getting the new refrigerator into the house here.

And then last Sunday, the clothes dryer refused to turn on. It just sat there making clicking (or was it clucking noises). Since the washing machine had been on its last legs for a couple of years, we decided to buy a matching pair.

Oh, they are truly beautiful. But since I had not shopped for major appliances in nearly 2 decades, the combined refrigerator, washer, dryer experiencing leaves me in an ongoing state of recovering from a major dose of sticker shock. After such a big new major appliance year, we may have to curtail a bit of spending elsewhere. But, on the positive side, they should be good for the next 20 years. Let's see, how old will The Ancient One be in 2027?


Eric Valentine said...

After the initial bite leon, the pain mellows. Take heart from the fact you will outlive the appliances and by then we will all be back to pegging laundry on the line! :)

Leon said...

Eric - thank you for your confidence in my longevity. I truly hope you are right and that I still have a relatively clear mind in 20 years as well as a healthy body. ;-D