Sunday, August 21, 2011
My Shitty Washing Machine
When I was 25, and in a new city, my flatmate moved in and forgot to bring the drainage pipe with her. It was 3 weeks of looking at a perfectly good, shitty washing machine. Shitty, of course, because I had to stare at it while I hand-washed my undies in the laundry sink.
A year or two later I found myself in a new flat, with a new washing machine, and a whole new set of problems. This washing machine could drain, and wash, and do everything else fine, but it couldn't fill itself. Cue many nights (and a few flooded bathrooms) with the hose manually running straight into the machine during the wash and rinse cycles. This time it liked to flood under the wall and into my room.
Now, I find myself with the king of shitty washing machines.
Firstly, it's small - it literally fits 3 towels, but it uses a lot of power and a lot of water. And it eats bras for breakfast, there is no such thing as gentle with this bad boy.
A few months after we bought it, it sprung a leak from the hot water tap. That was super-awesome for our power bill.
Lately, it's started making a noise in the spin cycle. It's not a nice noise, no, it's more like an 'I'm going to eat your babies' noise... that half the neighbourhood can hear. It sounded a lot like the one in the video below. If I had to listen to it too often I think I'd go mad.
Then today we discovered the poor bastard's lost the will to live. It doesn't mind filling, and washing, but it will not for the life of it drain or spin.
So I have just hand-rinsed and wrung out all my undies, and half my work clothes. It kinda sucked, and I'm going to an auction tomorrow to replace the sucker. There's a nice Fisher and Paykel 7.5kg Eco washing machine I've got my eye on. For once, just once, I'd like a washing machine that isn't completely shit.