New dishwasher

Last week our dishwasher’s display froze. Instead of showing “2h” or “15” (minutes), it stuck showing a zero then something that looked like a backwards 6. The next time I power cycled it, the display stopped working entirely. The unit still seemed to wash dishes, though.

I’d performed repairs once before, when the door latch broke. I had ordered the replacement part from some guy on eBay and done the replacement myself. This time, I hesitated. Big 7-segment LED displays are not the kinds of things that fail — or at least, not both of them at the same time. I suspected the real problem was something else, so there was a good chance other things would be failing soon — and whatever had failed was embedded deep inside the door. I checked online, and 8-10 years was said to be a good lifespan for a dishwasher. This one was 11 and hadn’t been our choice to start with — it had come with the house — and a new machine would probably be far more energy and water efficient. I decided it was time for a replacement.

Doing without a dishwasher… well, that didn’t really bear thinking about. As my family know, I have some issues around doing the dishes. Happily, a dishwasher is one of those win-win scenarios where doing the lazy thing is also doing the right thing — you get stuff cleaner, use a lot less water, and use less energy.

So, new dishwasher!

The Sears guy just fitted the new unit. I’d had visions of the old one being removed to reveal a nest of cockroaches, though logic dictated that if there were that many roaches we’d be seeing them regularly. In the event there was just one sluggish roach who emerged blinking into the sunlight and took the Dyson travel tube to his final resting place.

We went with Bosch. Consumer Reports rates them at the top for reliability, they’re the quietest on the market, among the most efficient on the market for water and electricity use, and even Made In USA.