Mechanic Fail or no I cannot fix teh washing machinze

I am not sure which # life lesson I am on today. I sort of like to advise anyone who reads SpouseBuzz, to become the anti-me.

Today was one of those days.

Actually this all started last night. I was up late doing laundry, when whammo, my wash machine went wonky. It would not complete a cycle. The darn thing kept cycling through over and over but would not spin out. I am unsure of how much water I wasted, but it seemed to be taking forever. And then, the famous beeping noise when it is wonky.

After looking at it for a while, I retired to bed, knowing 1am, was not an ideal time to fix a wash machine. Especially since I am not particularly skilled. So I went to bed, and did not sleep well, kept tossing and turning about the cost of repair, piles of laundry, and all of the beach towels and swimwear we go through in the summer.

(A side note here) When we moved into this home, the new house came with a perfectly new wash machine, which I gifted to my Father for all his help painting. I love my wash machine, and wanted to keep it. (Note to self, an extra wash machine is not a bad thing, especially when you live in a home in which laundry accumulates like rabbits.)

I woke this morning, drove my children to VBS, and came home, threw a ballcap on, and started researching online, reading the service manual, after I was unable to locate the big manual (I am pretty sure a repairman snagged it, but again I digress. )

After researching this particular model, I decide to run a diagnostic on it, the problem the diagnosis comes out in binary, uh yeah it made my head spin. So after reading others complaints that were similar I decided to dive in, all of my milspouse friends do it. However, with this particular brand, the parts are hard to come by. No one in Nebraska is familiar with the machines (another mistake I think… buying an imported machine). I came to the conclusion that it could at least try it. I made about 5 phone calls, and was laughed out of town when asking if the parts I needed were stocked. This made my feathers fluffy. I finally located the part I needed, and drove across town to pick it up, a steal at $32.50. I came home, and started disassembling my machine. I had to refer to the internet often, but I managed it. I also must tell you I was gaining confidence in my abilities. After removing the old diverter valve I found nothing wrong with it, so I decided to keep it just in case. I installed the new valve. I managed to plug everything in, hook up hoses, turn on the water, and what do you know, the power button came on! Victory. I was so proud of myself, my poor friends had to deal with Facebook postings that chimed of my success. (I counted my chickens before they were hatched. another mistake, see a pattern?)

My success was short lived, as the machine started doing the same thing. Ughhhh…so I unhooked it yet again, and checked the valve, and decided I could have transposed 2 wires, so I changed them again. I hook up the machine yet again, and BOOM It appears to be working. Victory! It even made it through a wash cycle! I rule, I am queen of the laundry room.

I then decide to take the kids to the grocery store, as we have no milk, cereal, bread or eggs. We will die if i don't maintain a food supply. I certainly need to maintain some level of civility in this home. I do not need people running naked, and starving. We return from the store to hear beeping, and see water standing in the tub of the machine. I failed….

"Really? Seriously? After all I have done for you wash machine? This is how you are going to repay me? You are going to stand and beep in your binary code and mock me? "

I will not lie, I am PMS'ing, and I wasn't sure if I should cry or shoot the darn thing. (another lesson do not fix things, when you are PMS'ing, it is torture, for EVERYONE around you)

Tonight, I am trying it yet again, I just completed one load a small one, as I did not want soaking clothes strewn about. It worked. I am not as excited or thrilled as I was. Humility or something I suppose.

I am soggy, I feel like I have been in a public pool changing room all day. Between the wet clothes, wet floor, wet seat from sitting on a damp surface…I am done, I just want to be dry at this point.

It was an adventurous day for me, like I said, I normally do not tackle projects like this, but have been inspired by a lot of you. The biggest thing I have repaired is toilet flappers. That I can do like a champ! But a wash machine, that is all computerized, yeah I will let you know how it come out. It is running, no beeping….YET.

I would suggest buying the most standard wash machine you can find, as an exotic wash machine is something you can live without.

My Husband said this "the only thing worse than doing laundry, is to be unable to do it"….I think he may be right.

*Update: This is the site I used when repairing the machine, they nailed the diagnosis, the Parts number, and pretty much walked me through the entire process. Cost. $0! I love the internets! My machine washed 5 loads today, no problems.

About the Author


Rachelle began her Military Spouse career when her future husband proposed to her in a letter during Desert Shield. Mail took over a month to arrive back then, and they only had three phone calls with each other in the ten months they were separated. They were married at a small ceremony a week after he returned home. Rachelle's husband moved her to Ft. Bragg, NC, all of their combined possessions filling her small, two-door car. In 1992, they left active duty and moved back to their home state where she went to nursing school and he joined the Army National Guard as a traditional Soldier as he went to school. In 1999, Rachelle's husband was offered a full-time National Guard position in Arkansas, where they lived for eight years.

In 2002, their son was born (MFO Deployment) and in 2003, their daughter was born (OIF2). In 2008, they moved back to their home state to live close to family. Rachelle has been an active contributor with SpouseBUZZ since 2005. She currently works full-time at a physician’s office, and is active with her church and school's PTO. Her son has recently been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a subject that she is exhaustingly studying and learning to work with day-by-day. In 2010, Rachelle's mother-in-law moved in with the family, and they added a German shorthaired pointer named "Poncho" to the tribe as well. Rachelle enjoys spending as much "down time" with her family as possible - usually something outdoors or movie nights. Her favorite foods are sushi, steak, chocolate, and coffee. Her special skills include being an awesome cook, identifying odd accents by state or country, having an incredible sense of smell (almost bloodhound-like), and watching people at airports during long, unexpected layovers.

  • DL Sly

    Good on you!! Many times with repairs like this, the hardest part is taking that first step and diving in.

  • airforcewife

    My attempt number three at the washing machine fix is this morning. *fingers crossed*

  • Sarah

    I love your husband’s quote.

  • HomefrontSix

    Ours went belly up during the last deployment. My friend was kind enough to come over and help me swap out motors. Amazingly MacGyver had a spare motor in the garage (anyone who knows him will not find this unusual). We got it back up and running and about the time I was straining to pat myself (and my friend!) on the back, the transmission went out.
    Who knew that an old washing machine was built like my CAR! At that point, I threw in the towel (pun intended) and bought a new washing machine – a real basic model.
    So far, so good.

  • Penny

    I am definitely in awe right now, especially with everything you went through. I would’ve taken all of our clothes, gone to the laundromat & called the repair person. Had I mentioned this to my mother though, she would’ve jokingly said to go old school and wash everything by hand. hehe :p
    On a side note, the only thing I know how to fix around the house is one of my work machines. Except this week it was driving me nutty since it was doing everything completely wrong. Believe it or not I actually said something along the lines of,
    “Really? Seriously? After all I have done for you..? This is how you are going to repay me? You are going to stand and beep in your binary code and mock me? ”
    Lol.. I was so frustrated & IM’ing Dh at the time, I mentioned debating going Office Space on it. He just calmly told me that was probably not a good idea. It was fun to picture it though ^_~..

  • AWTM

    Money is a good motivator. A $325 est cost of repairs, versus, me trying it for 32.50 wins..Also every repair place in town told me they would have to order the parts from Ca, and it might take a week….A week in a house with 4 people producing dirty laundry every thanks..

  • Robert

    HAHAHAHA!!! I have soooo been here. I’ve also had my go around with the dryer on a couple of occasions. I do, however, drae the line at the refrigerator. There’s no way I’m even going to ATTEMPT to fix that.

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