My kingdom for a sturdy dishwasher
December 7, 2005 11:54 AM Subscribe
My husband is ready to pitch our two month old Whirlpool Gold 3200 dishwasher. We need advice on what to expect from a replacement.
posted by maudlin to home & garden (12 answers total)
It's highly energy efficient, cleans beautifully, and is very quiet. But we have had the same electronic part (a timer that is inside the console at the top of the door) replaced twice in 5 weeks, with several days of downtime between failure and repair.
The repair guy said today that we should avoid slamming the door shut (that is, pushing the door from a distance of more than an inch with enough force to close and latch in one step). He recommends bringing the door to a closed but unlatched position, then pressing it until we feel/hear it latch.
I've been closing the door that way all along, but my engineer husband finds it ridiculous that an apparently delicate electronic component is so loosely screwed in, or unpadded, that it can't take a reasonable bit of angular motion. He cites the industrial Hobart dishwasher he used in our university housing coop as a sample of sturdy, sensible design.
Our experience doesn't fit Whirlpool's reputation for low rates of repair. What models or brands would you recommend that have their delicate bits inside the main cabinet and/or which use a different latching mechanism?