This week I am in major appliance hell.
The dryer thing wasn't enough. (And, in retrospect I've realized that my troubleshooting process eliminated an important step that may very well have revealed a functional dryer after all. But ah, it was an old junker and was sure to have caused problems eventually, right? Right?)
Two days later, my sister has come all the way from Texas to visit, and we're having a lovely time and are about to set out for a nice nature walk with all the kids. I pop over to the laundry room to advance the sheets and towels one more step in their neverending laundering process. But what's this? Steaming hot water pouring out the laundry room door? How curious!
Opening the washer top reveals that the tub is overflowing. Turning it off or unplugging it doesn't stop the flow. Tossing boxes and bins and garbage around doesn't reveal any shutoff valves. I remember the Cap'n telling me they're in one of the motel rooms. I don't have keys on me. Run with soppy feet to get keys and shut off water. Advance washer to spin cycle and get it to drain the water. Squeegy most of the water out the laundry room door. Look online and diagnose a mechanical failure of the fill valve. Call good old Bill, who, despite falling out of a tree the day before, is willing to come over and charge me $120 to replace it.
And I have a functional laundry room again, and an incredibly clean laundry room floor.
An interesting aspect of riding all these minor catastrophies out is that I "know" this place the better for it. I've seen the innards of it. Cursed at it and learned how to fix it. This is an old place filled with old equipment and I suspect there will lots of such episodes.
I will say that I love my new dryer. It has this very smart feature that senses the humidity in the drum. So, you just turn it on and it won't stop until everything's dry! What a concept! I like an appliance with a healthy work ethic.