Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What about quality and long life?

I did say our washing machine is kaput.

I wanted to clear the laundry before we leave for our vacation thus I started washing early yesterday morning.

MC wanted to watch TV so I let here, that was around 11 am. After a few minutes, she started wailing, 'mama, there's only voices on the TV. The people are blurred.'

Thinking it was due to the rain, I told her to turn it off and wait a while.

Meantime, I decided to check the laundry and what did I discover? The basement is so dark, the light wont turn on and the machine isnt working at all. I called my husband, a bit panicky. I find it weird that only the basement was affected.

He told me that it might be the washing machine. He told me to look into the fuse box and check the switch for the basement. It was off. The washing machine, which was too hot, might have automatically caused the switch to turn off -- to prevent untoward accidents to happen! Thank God for such things, I didnt know about that!

That was also the reason why the TV is not functioning right, because the cable runs from the basement, too. Well, that was it -- the washing machine said goodbye. After only 6 years of service. And we bought that machine for more than 300 euro!

Actually, that machine gave-in after less than a year of service -- but since it was still under warranty, it is okay to call the repair service. And how about now? The repair would cost us around 200 euro, and that is almost the cost of a new machine!

My husband checked the internet and strolled around some shops yesterday -- he saw some good brands of washing machine selling for less than 300 euro -- most of them are on sale! Of course, we'd rather buy a new one than have it repaired.

As it is, we needed a new washing machine right now. We would be leaving in a few days and I dont want to have tons of laundry to wash after a supposed to be relaxing holiday. That would be unfair, right? Haze agreed as she just came from a vacation :D

So, we are buying a new washing machine this afternoon. And I hope the new one would last more than six years, after all, our home's very first washing machine lasted for 20 years! And let me tell you, our oven is already 25 years old -- I am crossing my fingers it would last longer.

How about that advertisement for quality and long life? It is sad to know they are not the reality now :(


Anonymous said...

Hi Raq,
It's really a good thing for fuses! Is the washer made in Germany? Usually things made there are good quality. 6 years is really a short life for a washer.

Heart of Rachel said...

That's quite an expensive washing machine and it's sad that it doesn't live up to its price. Hope you find a better replacement.

raqgold said...

KK - i think twas a bad decision to save a little with the washer; we chose an unknown brand from italy. but our new one is from germany and we didnt spare a dime this time

rach - that price was still one of the cheapest; as i've said, our new one costs more but i think and hope it would serve us longer

Vlado&Toni said...

I'm curious to know which brand your old washing machine has.. hmm getting scared i might have the same one and it would be broken after 6 years, so unfair oh and we bought that extends up to 5 years..

Vk-mahalkaayo said...

correct thats a good idea, better buy new ones as to repair it...

mas mahal pa ang repair kay sa bago, then wenn du hast gl├╝ck, kaputt naman........

mabuti ka pa, hindi natakot to touch about this, i mean yon fuse box....ako bahala ka madilim, ayaw ko talaga........hintay akong dumating si bernie or sascha or kim, pero ako, never............
kasi wla talaga akong alam dyan.

kahit na yon birnen....bahala talaga, hintay na lang ako.

sorry, nervousa talaga akong masayado, kahit anong kaputt dito, bahala ka......

totoo ito ha?

haze said...

Good luck Raquel I am sure the machine did serve you for a long time! Kaya pahinga na daw sya !

raqgold said...

toni - i dont really remember the brand e, pero it is from a not famous brand from italy atsaka it costed only less than 300 euro which isnt really much!

vk - nerbiyosa din ako but MC was making me more nervous coz she wanted to watch the tv and there's no pictures, hehe. that's why i had to call hubby to help me out.

haze - bad timing yung goodbye nya, hehe. if we'd have time, we could have it repaired pa, as it is, we needed it asap.