My new washing machine arrived today. I was ready and armed with two baskets of dirty laundry when it arrived. That's what happens when your old washer decides to give up the ghost on "Laundry Day". Fortunately, in my case it stopped in the middle of the final spin cycle so it only meant my clothes were a bit wetter than usual. Okay, a lot wetter than usual but not so dripping wet that the dryer was not able to adequately handle it. I was glad it was just a small (and light) load of my husband's dress shirts and a couple of my blouses. If it would have been a load of oversized bath towels, well... I don't even want to think about it!
I acquired my old washer when we purchased our house nearly 11 years ago. The washer was the one installed when the house was built in 1990 so it has been in service for 27 years. It had been a good washer, until it indicated last week that something was amiss by flooding my utility room. The repairman thought he had found the problem but on Monday he discovered the true problem. The transmission was going out among other things. This meant that some of the time my washer was working properly but sometimes it was not. He could fix it temporarily but it was only a matter of time before the end would come. I was very glad that the repair plan I have through my natural gas company not only covers repairs and parts 100%, it also provides for a reimbursment of up to $500.00 for a new washer should your existing one be "condemned. The technician duly stamped my my washer "condemned" and I went shopping for a replacement.
A couple of days ago I found a new washer I liked on sale for $466.00. Okay, there was still a price I had to pay in the form of new hoses, sales tax and the fee 0f $14.95 to carry it off and recycle it but I could handle that.
You know, I could have hung onto my old machine, refusing to exchange it for a new one. It was familiar. It had worked for me in the past and perhaps this was merely a "bump" in the road. Why, I could always mop up the water should the level get to high due to not draining properly. I could wring out the clothing if it was too wet. I could call the repair man and hope he could make temporary repairs yet again. I could "manage maybe or... I could take advantage of the offer extended to me and replace the old with the new. The offer was there but it was up to me to accept it.
I accepted it. I went out and purchased a new machine. I made arrangements to have it delivered, installed and the old one removed. I don't care where the old one was taken or what is going to be done with it. I am not going lie awake at night, longing for it to be returned. It is junk and I am glad to be rid of it.
In it's place is a brand-new, shining HE washer. It operates differently than my old machine so before purchasing it, I read all the complaints I could find about HE washers. There are a lot of them but they had some common themes. Clothes don't get wet, they don't get clean, they smell over time and the machines are noisy. With that in mind, I did a little research on what might be causing these problems and then armed with that information, I fired questions at someone who not only sells them, he uses one.
Do you know what? Based on my research and other questions, I discovered exactly why some people had these problems. They weren't following the instructions. Instead they tried to do the same old thing the same old way and it doesn't work. You have to load the machine differently for a couple of reasons. You do not use as much water and the tub moves differently. It does make noises that are different than what you might be used to but they really are not louder, at least mine isn't. They are just different. Your clothing is not going to be as wet because it goes through more spin cycles and if you do not put the detergent in the bottom of the tub or you add too much (you need less) or you do not use the right type, you are going to have problems. The instructions also say to leave the lid open when it is not in use so that it can air out properly and run the clean cycle after every 30 washes or so which for me works out to about every two months as we are only a household of two nowadays.
I carefully followed the directions. I used the detergent, booster and softener formulated specifically for an HE machine in the proper quantity and order as directed. I then added my clothes arranging them according to the directions and making sure I did not overload the machine. I double-checked my settings, pushed the button and let the machine do it's job.
I've done three loads of laundry today and everything seems to be working perfectly. The noise didn't seem any louder than my old machine. My clothes were less wet than normal but they were damp enough for me to know they had indeed been washed and needed to go into the dryer. When they came out of the dryer, they weren't wrinkled, dirty or smelly. They were clean and fresh and in fact, my husband's shirts came out so well, I don't need to run an iron over them this week. HOORAY!
The whole point of this long story is this:
Every single one of us came into this world "bent" by sin and we do not function properly. Rather than merely fix that which is defective, God wants to give us a new heart and a new mind. We don't have to "pay" for it because it is covered however, there are some things we do need to do. We need to go claim it.
Please tell me that you did what the rest of us do and sit in awe as you watched your first "wash".