How long can you do without a washing machine?
Something happened just before Christmas that made me realised how much I rely on having a washing machine. I put a load of clothes in the machine, switched it on, and tripped a fuse. After a few more attempts, the only conclusion we could come to was that something had gone wrong with the washing machine.
I started to feel slightly panicky. Would I have to spend the next two days stuck in the launderette in order to ensure we had enough clean clothes to see us through two visits to relatives? Or would I have to get the rubber gloves out and wash everything in the bath?
I breathed deeply to calm myself down. There were two options to consider:
- repair the washing machine
- buy a new washing machine
In the end, we went for option 1. We got the faulty heating element replaced. It was certainly a lot cheaper than buying a whole new washing machine. It was also quicker than buying a new one and having it delivered, especially just before Christmas.
Plus it seemed less wasteful than throwing our old machine away. I think people throw too many things away these days, without checking whether there is still productive life left in them.
Fortunately, I followed the advice my dad gave me years ago, to buy a good quality but straightforward washing machine without fancy electronics. That way, when a mechanical part goes wrong, it can be fixed or replaced relatively cheaply and easily.
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‘Washing Machine’ photo by That HP Chap