Friday, March 19, 2010

What is making all that noise?

On Monday while the dishwasher was running, the kids I couldn't help but be stopped in our tracks. All of a sudden the dishwasher started making a horrible sound. After several attempts of opening the door and trying to figure out where it was coming from, I had to allow the cycle to finish and go on with the day. When Mike got home I mentioned it to him, but there wasn't too much he could do about it until he heard it for himself.

Now the appliances in our kitchen are only about 2 years old, so it would really burn my butt if we would have to sink any money into a new dishwasher!! Of course the warranty is only good for the first year. Thoughts ran through my head that night of how I could manage washing dishes by hand for a while, just hated the thought of spending any money on a dishwasher!!

On Tuesday I started the dishwasher, having forgotten about the "sound", as soon as it started again I called Mike in from working in the yard so he could hear it for himself. Being a machine mechanic, who fixes these kinds of problems for a living, he went right to work. But, he decided he really couldn't fix it then he would probably have to pull the unit out. He would deal with it when it was empty. Empty? In our house? Doubtful! He went back to work outside.

Then Wednesday when I started the dishwasher, the "sound" was still there. Mike happened to be inside and realized there was no way to put this problem off any longer. He was going to have to pull the dishwasher out! This normally wouldn't be a big deal, but he had realized the day before when the contractor put the floor in for our kitchen he did so after the dishwasher was in place. Making it lower than the flooring!! Not an easy slide it in and out.

Having been married to my wonderful husband for nearly 23 years, I've learned LONG ago to leave him alone when he is trying to solve such an issue. Being left alone to peruse the manual, and think things through, he decided to attack the issue from the inside first. Here he is working on the washer.
And this is what he found trapped in the oscillator. There was no way this was going to be shredded any time soon. Good thing he found it! No idea how it got in there!! Especially since we haven't bought store bought bread in several weeks.

Now we are up and running again! No need for hand washing dishes! My life is back on easy street!!


  1. I had to laugh when I read this. You see, in my house, I have a strict rule that we DON'T wash dishes in the dishwasher. I read something about how unhealthy it is for chronically ill people to eat off of dishes washed in the dishwasher, so I've stuck to it.

    My kids loathe the times it's their turn to "wash." Drying and putting away is much easier!

  2. Hi!
    Although this doesn't apply to your post per se, I just wanted to invite you to "Kids say the darndest things Friday" blog hop at:
    We’d love to have you join the fun and share your stories. I’m sure that you have some real gems!
    In Christ,