Washing Machine Saga (UPDATED 2017)

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Washing Machine Saga (UPDATED 2017)

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And now for another installment of my personal blog.  This time around I will talk about a recent saga I had with a broken washing machine.  It was one filled with frustration, flooding, fury and a f*ck ton of money (sorry for the language).  My hope is that someone might learn a bit from my experience and not have to go through what I went through…

How Did It All Start?

It all started on an innocuous saturday night while I was sitting at home in my boxers (sorry for the graphic description).  I had just thrown a load of laundry in my wonderful (as I thought at the time) stacked washer dryer unit.  I had just purchased this thing about a year ago, it cost me a pretty penny, and up until this time it had worked wondered.  Had all types of cycles and settings, handled big loads and small loads and add this dispenser thingy for fabric softener, it was brilliant.  Then something happened.

Flooded Washing Machine

While I don’t know exactly how to describe it, let’s say it went something like this… Watching the end of the USC vs. Utah game I hear a suspicious clunking sound.  Thought that might be odd but it certainly wasn’t anything that my brilliant washer/dryer would be suspicious for… So I kept watching the game, it was a pretty interesting one too… Utah was threatening to tie, but USC (I think it was USC) was putting pressure on the offensive line… Anyway, I digress, back to the horror show…

So I hear that clunking and don’t think anything of it at first, then I heard a swishing noise… What the hell is that?  I don’t know, so I go check it out and lo and behold what do I find?  Soaping water leaking all over the floor of the laundry room… It was threatening to pour down the stairs like a waterfall.   In a bit of a panic I go to turn the washing machine off, which I do, but it seems the damage is done and there is a broken pipe or something because the water just kept coming.

Now I’m in a real panic and I wonder how the hell I’m going to stop this water… Shutoff valve!  I think it myself, there’s got to be a shutoff valve somewhere… So I tread into the soapy water, now about an inch thick, going to the back of the washing machine to where the water hookup is, looking for a valve.  I find none, but what else do I see?

Electrical Socket + Water Floods = Don’t Mix

Yeah, you read that right, the water was rising up to an electrical socket.  Well oil beef hooked (read that fast, and you get the idea).  Alright, now I’m freaking out… What the hell do I do.  I decide then to get the hell out of there, not wanting to electrocute myself…

(Spoiler, I don’t think I was in real danger, there is a surge protector setting on the outlet that would have tripped a circuit breaker).

I knew there was a master valve in the basement that would shut off water, so I ran quick to the basement and turned it (hoping I was turning it in the right direction).  And crisis was averted, for now…

WTF Happened?

I still don’t really know.  After the drama subsided I called a plumber and was told that it was the washing machine itself that was broken.  So I called a repair man, who was very nice, and was told he would come in and take a look.  He told me the something something was broken but he couldn’t fix it that day, it would take at least 3 days because he needed to order parts.

I had ordered my stacked washer/dryers not 1 year before.. So what happened?  My only guess is that I overloaded the machine.  So take this, if anything, as the moral of the story:

Don’t Overload the Washing Machine

Know where the water shutoff valve is

Don’t be an idiot.