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      Wednesday, December 28, 2005

01:11 PM - 12/28/2005

The topic: I called Sears this morning


Again about the washer.  See, I never did change detergent, I just lessened the amount I was using and quit using the liquid color safe bleach.

And last night, the SOB gave me the SUD message. And it would stop the cycle, set a while, then start it back up.  It would have done this for hours and hours, probably all night long, if I hadn’t ended up unplugging the POS (which is what I was calling it last night).  The first time I called, I was told to let it set.  Well, I let it set all damned night and the expletive thing did the same thing this morning when I started it back up.

So, I call Sears.  I told the guy who answered the phone that my washing machine wasn’t working and I was just about ready to go get a big hammer and make sure it had a real reason not to work.  *lol*  He quickly transferred me to a service tech and he walked me through the process of getting it working again.  I was told that using regular detergent was not a good thing and that this would start happening more and more.  Even using less than usual, wasn’t good enough.  He said if I must use it on a rare occasion, to only use a sixth of what is called for.  He said that I had been misinformed when we purchased the machine.  Grrrr…......

First thing was to get the soaking wet towels out of it.  I couldn’t do that because the POS, SOB, frikking door was locked to keep little kids from climbing in during the spin cycle.

Unplug it for two minutes.  Plug it back in.  If the “screen” isn’t blank, press “end cycle”.

Take soaking wet laundry and put it somewhere outside of the washer drum. (I put it in the dryer, great place, for it, huh?)

Put a gallon of cold, clean water into the washer drum.  Shut the door.  Unplug the machine (not necessary, but I did it anyway).

Let it set for at least an hour for the cold water to get down into the pump and dilute the suds.

Plug it back in, turn it on.  Select the spin/drain cycle.

And voila, it should work.

And it does.  Later today, I will be heading off to the grocery store to buy some HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent.  And just save the old stuff for emergencies.

This is very interesting to me.  When I bought my front loading washer, they told me to use half of what I would normally use.  It is seven years old, so perhaps the new ones are a lot more finicky?  Seems odd, my machine has never given me any problems.  I hope the new detergent helps.

Posted by May Ellen @ Wednesday, December 28, 2005 - 1:51:07 PM

OMG, I’m laughing my head off here.  I hate doing laundry.

Posted by Lisa @ Sunday, January 01, 2006 - 7:36:07 PM

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