Sunday, January 16, 2011
Water on the Floor! What If?
I was not a happy SeaSpray when I walked out to the laundry area after waking up this morning and saw a note over the washer that said, "Washing machine leaks!" I looked down and saw that Mr SeaSpray had placed some towels on the floor that were now soaked.
A new washing machine simply is not doable ..no room in the budget at this time.
I love this washing machine. I am grateful for this machine.
It has been an AWESOME washing machine.
We purchased it back in 1991, which means it is 20 years old. That in itself is near miraculous.
Kudos to Sears! Does anything last 20 years anymore? Actually, 19 years?
It did break when it was a year old. It needed a new motor. Fortunately, it was still under the manufacturer's warranty and so the repair and new motor didn't cost us anything. That was the last time it was serviced.
Not only has it washed our clothes all this time ...but also helped other people out over the years when their machines broke. I'm always washing something. And I've been known to overload it sometimes.
So, this amazing Sears brand washing machine has gone above and beyond the call of duty. But I am hoping we can just get a little more time with it.
Does anyone have any idea why a washing machine would leak? And how to fix it?
It is nestled in a small area next to the dryer and when the guys can (later), they will pull the dryer out so we can get a better look. The SeaSpray men have visions of football playoffs before them and the cable would have to go out to get their attention. Heh ...THAT gives me an i-d-e-a... back later.
Okay ...I'm back!
There is still water in the machine ..that I had filled on medium - half way last night.
My first thought is that if it were the tub leaking ..all of that water would be out by now... although I do see that it is down a bit.
BUT ...that could also be because it is ready for spin cycle.
Through process of elimination ...I've determined it is not the hose or the tub.
It is coming from underneath. A lot of water leaked out and soaked the towels I also put down.
But ..Ive since pulled it out and let it run through it's cycle and water is not coming out in massive amounts (thankfully), and minimally as running through agitate and spin. It would seem more water came out over time when soaking over night, then when not using it today.
I really hope I don't have to set aside Tuesdays for all day wash day ...using a metal scrub board and hand wringer. And the brook is really too cold to be washing the clothes in while pounding them with rocks. Besides ...I am just not in the mood to be rock pounding, metal washboard scrubbing, hand wringing clothes.
Boy ...we really have it a lot easier today then the women that had to do all that back in the day.
Just the thought of not having a washing machine causes me to feel like I am missing a physical part of me. Creature of habit that I am and because old habits die hard ...I can just imagine me going out to the laundry area ...dropping the clothes in the washer ...um ...I mean on the floor where the washer once was, then pouring the detergent over the clothes on the floor where the washer once was ...then walking away until the wash is done.
Well ...they say that when something is wrong ..that if you act as if ..that sometimes things will change for the better. If your spouse isn't treating you right ...act as if they are and you'll begin to feel it and they will pick up on it and it can help change things for the better. It could apply to other situations too. I realize that acting as if there is really a washing machine is a stretch ...but what if? What if my positive ..believing attitude causes a new machine to appear? What if?
Hey ..desperate times call for desperate measures and a girl can dream.
I'm just saying. ;)
Oh and since I believe that good can come out of bad ...if I become proficient at this rock pounding, metal washboard scrubbing, hand wringing clothes chore ...it will lead to my joining a washboard band! ;)