Post last updated: March 4th, 2018

My dishwasher was having issues. It’s twelve. The internet, where I take all my problems except mental health, decided I needed a part.  Off I went to the appliance parts store. I walked in to see three women behind the counter, one of them with green hair. I knew immediately I had fallen off the crooked moon into the Twilight Zone. I couldn’t make a run for it, either, because Green Hair was looking at me expectantly.

The two younger women were talking among themselves leaving Green Hair as my only option despite her appearance sending my Uh-oh Meter into the Disaster Zone. She looked my age or older and I tried to convince myself that she might have a clue what she was doing. The green hair gave me doubts. What if that green dye had seeped into her brain and eaten away all the good parts?

I presented my Owner’s Manual and explained that I wanted a water valve. Green Hair wasn’t having it. Said my Owner’s Manual was useless to her. She wanted the Model Number off the inside door of the dishwasher. Who knew? How many times have I looked at that sticker and never paid any attention to it?

The water inlet valve was going to set me back $55. Not being a wealthy woman, I mentally eased away from the counter. What were the odds of the two teenagers or the green haired crone having any real knowledge about broken down dishwashers? Spending the $55 was not high on my list so I threw it out there. I told Green Hair that the bottom of the dishwasher had filled up with water only once and did not fill up again after draining it (Press the Cancel button. Mine is marked “Cancel drains automatically”).

Front panel of dishwasher
Not a sharp photo but you get the idea.

I also admitted that the dishwasher had begun to “smell.” Green Hair was clueless and whipped around to consult the teenagers.

Immediately, the arrow on my Uh-oh Meter beat frantically against the Disaster Zone as if it trying to say “No. No. No.”  Those kids couldn’t know anything! They hadn’t been on the planet long enough. I felt bad about myself, though, when The Kid started to talk like she knew what she was talking about. She was way ahead of me. In comparison, it’s a wonder I knew which button to push to make the dishwasher run.

According to The Kid, my water line was likely clogged up. She suggested I run the dishwasher with bleach in the little soap thingies and Green Hair declared, “Let’s hold off on ordering your part.”

I went home and ran the dishwasher with bleach. I kept an eye on it in case it started spewing water all over the kitchen. Ran like a charm, the smell went away and it did not fill up with water.

The next morning, it still had not filled up with water. I called to thank the Amazing All Woman Crew for their help.

The point of this missive is simple. If you go to the internet to solve your problem and your problem is not exactly like the one you find, then you need to keep looking or ask questions before you spend money on a solution that may not work for you. May your dishwasher serve you well.


14 thoughts on “IF IT AIN’T BROKE, DON’T FIX IT”

  1. Maybe we should do “Pink Hair”, Linda? Maybe that would help us “older ladies” figure out the world as it stands now.

    I, too, had a dishwasher problem last summer. I was so put out that my dishwasher didn’t last any longer than it did. Well, then I looked up the papers (my son says I have every piece of paper for my whole life, he’s right, I do!!) and was just amazed that I bought the dishwasher in 1994. Now, I think I really did get my money’s worth from that machine. However, buying a new one was an eye opener. The sales person told me right up front that I should not expect to get that many years out of the new one. Then he told me the price, and I was sure the world has just gone CRAZY!!!! Anyway so glad you didn’t have to get a new one. Start right now saving money. I’m already putting dollar bills in a jar for when my new one breaks since they told me up front that, “they don’t build like they use to” Well, nothing works like it use to. Have you noticed that????

    1. No, no, no, Betty. I am not wearing any funky colors in my hair. That is just too bizarre for me. When I see it on youngsters, I dismiss it as youthful folly but when I see it on women who are old enough to know better, my eyeballs pop. I’m glad you got an exceptional run on your dishwasher. At 12, mine ain’t doin’ so bad. Yes, I’ve noticed that nothing works like it used to. Including my various body parts. 🙂

  2. This post hits way too close to home. First, the green hair doesn’t scare me. Not one bit. Amuses me. I asked for years for my friend the hairdresser to give me purple hair. She refused. That’s another story. I confess I’ve been guilty many times and most likely will continue to look at “those kids” and assume they haven’t lived long enough to know. I’m glad your problem has been resolved without the $55.00 part. Now, can I rant about my dishwasher. Or rather lack of a dishwasher. We had been having problems with ours for months. We tried all kinds of tricks. It wouldn’t drain, or clean the dishes and the STENCH was horrific. MOLD growing everywhere. Lots of bleached was used. Finally, the dishwasher smell was permeating the entire downstairs of the house. The thing had to go. It was taken out and put in the construction dumpster where it continues to smell to this day. I have been without a dishwasher since last summer. It isn’t in the budget. I’m not happy. End of rant.

    1. Kimmie – You can rant here anytime you want but God Bless America, purple hair? Thank heavens for a hairdresser with some sense. Can I mention that you look FANTASTIC as a blonde? Sounds like your dishwasher needed the $55 part or maybe a pump. Seems like my plumbing expert, Mr. Beekeeper, mentioned a pump. After the dishwasher was fixed by me, I continued to have a leak under the sink that has water damaged my entire cabinet on that side of the kitchen. Initially, I thought the dishwasher was causing ALL the problems but Bubba found the leak. I called on Mr. Beekeeper, who no longer has his plumbing business, to fix the leak. He wouldn’t give me a price so I paid him what I could afford (about half his rate when he was in business). It has not been a particularly swell month. You know the things that come in threes? They ganged up on me and came twice! May your flower business prosper and award you a new dishwasher.

  3. Sometimes I wish we were back camping out under trees. You would have got damp at times, and there would have been a critter risk, but at least we wouldn’t have had to worry about these infuriating maintenance issues. And yes – not only are things built not to last these days, but it’s hard to get people to fix things, they just want to replace them with more stuff.

    1. Catmint — Infuriating is a good word to describe how hard it is to get something fixed. The people who put themselves out there as capable of solving our maintenance issues are not always as qualified as they would have us believe. And the manufacture of appliances that will intentionally self-destruct in a short number of years is just wrong. It’s no wonder landfills are overflowing.

      1. I just ordered 2 parts for my fridge which is going on 20 years old. Funny, both parts broke in the same week.
        Cost me almost a $100 but I figured that’s cheaper than a new fridge. Of course, when the shelf from the door broke, I have to consider the cost of a bottle of Hot Sauce that broke. Then the hour I spent cleaning the hot sauce from my white tile floor and grout. Then the time it took me to clean the throw rug by the kitchen door that got hot sauce all over it. Never stops!!!

        I just bought a new fancy pressure cooker and am about to use it this afternoon to make green beans and potatoes. Let’s hope my great buy from QVC goes well and I don’t blow up the kitchen.

        I’m very thankful to have a nice home and everything paid for but the upkeep is killing me. The main problem for me is “I just don’t want to do it anymore!!”

        1. I forgot to talk about body parts. Some of mine don’t work right any longer and they cause pain. You know about the knees. Well, I have two shoulders that need replacing as well as the knees. I’m putting off surgery as long as I can. I had a real eye opener this year when Well Fargo changed my insurance without giving me any options. It’s March and I still haven’t figured it all out. I would rather pay more per month and have my old insurance back than what I have now. Anyway, I guess I need to think of body parts as needing upkeep just like my house. And I need to realize Carl and I worked all those years to save money for the upkeep on my body. I was planning on fun but I’m not sure that is going to happen. I sure wish I owned a drug company!!

          1. Betty – The way the politicians are monkeying with our insurance, it would be smart to go ahead and get some of those surgeries done before you get cut off or your Medicare reduced. Start with the most painful body parts. I’m glad I had my knee replaced. I’m in a lot less pain and by the end of the first year, I should be in even better shape.

        2. Betty – Are you still with us or did you blow up the kitchen? I’m with you on all the stuff that breaks down. My wifi on my modem broke. AT&T sent me a new one but they also advised that I now have to RENT the modem for $7/month and there’s no way out of it. I can’t buy my own modem, blah blah blah. I get tired of corporate america always hassling us for money but they sure don’t want to PAY Americans to do the job. Most months, my phone bill is higher than my electric bill and I don’t even have cable tv!

  4. AT&T is taking advantage of you. I bought my own modem. Of course, I have Comcast. I use AT&T for my cell phone but Comcast for everything else.

    I didn’t blow the kitchen up!!!! The beans were great.

    Well, tomorrow I get to go back to the club and their maintenance problems for a fifty year old building. Thank goodness we’ve hired a company to handle maintenance.

    Well enough complaining for one day.

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