So then…I kick the dishwasher. And the dishwasher is singularly unimpressed.
So I hop online and send an email to some of my friends in the neighborhood:
Did this happen to any of you? When the power went out the other day, my dishwasher made a very odd persistent ringing noise once the power came back on. Tried unplugging it, but still happens when I plug it in again. The “on” and “reset” buttons don’t work. If you have any advice — or the name of a dishwasher repair guy, please let me know! Otherwise we’ll have to wash dishes by hand! Gasp! Thanks, Darcy
A few people send me the names of repairmen; then I receive this email from my neighbor Ben:
My dishwasher makes an extremely annoying and persistent noise every time she washes the dishes…it started well before the power went out the other day, but certainly got worse during those hours…
Whereas yours makes an “odd persistent ringing noise,” mine makes more of an “incessant whining and bitching noise” that sounds more like: “Why do you always have to use so many dishes??…..Why can’t you bring your dishes to the sink??…..Why can’t you ever wash the dishes as well as I do??…..”
She was working fine when I first got her, but sometime right after I got married, the noise began…unfortunately there’s no way to unplug mine either…
Sorry I can’t help on yours, but any advice on dealing with mine would be greatly appreciated!!
I crack up because I know Ben and his wife Tina — and they’re both very funny.
I write back:
Omigosh, Ben, I literally laughed out loud when I read your email! And yes, I do have advice on how to deal with the “incessant whining and bitching noise” emanating from your dishwasher. Buy your dishwasher a dozen roses and a gourmet meal at a restaurant so there are no dishes she has to wash — then watch the kids for a whole day so your dishwasher can lunch with pals, see a chick flick, have a massage, then enjoy a manicure for those poor wrinkled dishwasher hands of hers! – Darcy
Darcy, I tried that already…it worked REALLY well that night, but was back to the same malfunction the next day…
You slay me!! If you want to keep your dishwasher running smoothly, insert 2 cups of frozen margaritas daily!
(When I share these emails with a friend, she says: “First of all, tell him the thing to insert isn’t a margarita!”)
– Darcy Perdu
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