Wednesday, August 09, 2006

The saga of the broken clothes dryer

We had the laundry assembly line working full tilt on Saturday...until the clothes dryer refused to dry. In fact, it refused to turn at all. We knew it was getting electricity because the light still lit up so we guessed it was some sort of overheating (given the 90 degree weather we were having, the extra work from a week's worth of dirty laundry being run through, and the dog and cat hair of five years building up in the machine *blush*). We were right. Turns out the heating fuse blew because of all the lint and hair in that thing.

The repair man came out last night and I could have kissed him when he proclaimed that it was FIXED. I even tipped him $10 on a $95 bill that included labor already. I was so happy!

And then my happiness turned to despair. About an hour after the repair guy left, my husband came out of the kitchen (yes, our washer and dryer are in our kitchen...old farmhouse...you make do...a fact that will be corrected in our renovation project when we install a laundry room upstairs) and proclaimed, "It's not working."

I wanted to strangle him. What do you mean it's not working? The GUY said it was working! What did you DO to it? Oh, ok...I know it's not YOUR fault. But you'd better call HIM and get his ass back here to fix it! He SAID it was FIXED!

I'm afraid I became slightly hysterical. In my defense, my hysteria is somewhat justified in the clothes I currently have air drying on the backs of chairs throughout the house and the fact that I'm currently spending my nights wrapped under a Thomas the Tank Engine Comforter that is designed for a twin bed (ours is a king). Thank heavens we had decided to wash and dry a load of underwear early on Saturday...before the breakdown...so we're not running around commando. But still...

The lady at the repair shop said someone will come by tonight. She said it most likely just slipped the belt (since you can now hear the motor running, but the tub doesn't spin). But I'm not convinced I should let the guy get away until I at least get a dry load out of the thing.

Now I understand how people hatch those crazy plans to shackle someone in their basement.

4 comments:

One Mother's Journey said...

Yes, thank god your all not commando. Phew!

I know exactly what you mean. Your washer and dryer never break when your caught up with the laundry*. Thank goodness you can get someone out there that soon. I've waited several days. Several frantic days.

Good luck.

*Assuming you are ever "caught up" with laundry....

Julie said...

Ack. I remember having to haul a carload of wet clothes to the laundrymat. Not fun, especially in the hot, hot, summer.
Hope it gets fixed right this time!

Penultimatina said...

Kate, if it's on but not tumbling, likely it's just a belt, but what a PITA! We went through the same thing a few weeks ago.

Catherine said...

It was a spring! But it works now...cue the chorus of hallelujahs!