Saturday, August 1, 2009

Detour on a Saturday morning

Buying a new dishwasher was not exactly what I had planned to do this morning. A day or two ago, I noticed my dishes weren't clean and the soap capsule in the dishwasher wasn't fully dissolved. That should have been a red flag. This morning I tried again. Nothing. Since the dishwasher is 12+ years old and the life expectancy of a dishwasher is 8 to 12 years, I opted to buy a new one rather than call a repairman in to tell me I needed a new dishwasher! I went to Charlotte Appliance, a family owned company that has been around for generations in Rochester. Over the 35 years that I have lived in Rochester, every major appliance I have owned has come from there. The chain stores come and go but Charlotte lasts. Their prices are always competitive with the chains.

I got another Maytag. I learned that Whirlpool bought out Maytag. However, the Maytag dishwashers are still built the same way they were when Maytag owned the company. All other Maytag appliances are now built by Whirlpool.

In thinking back, I think I paid about the same for this new one as I paid for the Maytag I bought over 12 years ago.

Okay, now I'm off to catch up for lost time this morning!

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