I took the plunge on Monday.
I ordered a new washing machine.
The old one was showing its age and was only doing cold washes. I replaced the heating element but that had no effect, so it had to be something else which would be expensive to fix. I could ignore some of the machine’s foibles but this was the final straw. It was time to go.
I did a bit of research online, not being in a position to visit shops and examine machines. Anyway, when faced with a multitude of devices I just get confused and end up making a rash decision. So I decided to make my rash decision online instead. It’s easier on the nerves.
I picked a machine and phoned the shop to clarify a couple of points that weren’t mentioned on the web page. I got satisfactory answers and bought it there and then. He said it would be delivered on Thursday.
Thursday duly arrived as expected and so did the machine which was less expected. Encountering efficiency is a rare event in this country and cause for comment and celebration. Even better the two lads who arrived whisked away my old machine and then spent a tortuous half hour installing the new one. It was a massively tricky job as the waste pipe and the supply pipes are all but inaccessible. The one thing they couldn’t find was the power socket. That’s because it’s invisible, but I happen to know where it’s hidden and plugged the machine in by touch [not easy]. They finished somehow and the machine is now tucked away as if it was always there.
Now I have to learn how to work it.
It has a dial with fifteen options on it. Just to confuse things, each option usually comes up with a series of sub options where I can adjust temperature, or spin speed, how dry I want stuff and little finesses like what time I would like the machine to start. It was time to RTFM. However the manual is 44 pages most of which are taken up with warnings. It seems from the manual that there’s a lot of things I can do wrong, and very few instructions on how to work the fucking thing
One of the options is to control the machine from my phone. I downloaded the software and after about ten attempts got it to hook up to the washing machine. That’s all it does though – it just tells me the washing machine is there. But I know that as I’m looking at it. So much for the Smart Home.
I tried a sample wash. I’m not sure which programme I chose but the fucking thing ran for hours. It’s one redeeming feature is that it’s very quiet even when spinning at 1200 rpm. The old machine used to ring alarm bells in the Irish National Seismic Network I gave up in the end and reset it to just empty itself. It did without flooding the place, which is surely a win?
I’m trying to pluck up the nerve to put on a proper wash.
In the immortal words of Oates – I may be some time.