About a year ago, I saw a Woot deal for a package of six Water Froggies. Essentially, they are little water sensors that look like…you guessed it…froggies.
I put them in a few spots around the house where I thought leaks could occur that I wouldn’t want to go undetected for too long. I put two by the hot water tank in the basement, one under the washing machine, one under the dishwasher (both of these required me to unscrew the bottom panel of each appliance), one under the kitchen sink, and one under the laundry room sink.
Last week, my wife came home to the sound of beeping. She called me and after I told her what it probably was, she tracked it down to the kitchen and under the dishwasher, where she had started a load of dishes before leaving to run some errands.
When I got home later, I took a look and sure enough there was a wet spot on the plywood under the dishwasher. Thankfully the leak wasn’t catastrophic.
And, thankfully the leak was detected by the water sensor. Without it, the subfloor could have been ruined, and we might not have known about the leak until it got really bad at which point it probably would have caused damage to the finished area of the basement that is under the kitchen, not to mention that it could have ruined the subfloor and linoleum.
I put an upside down lid to a plastic storage bin under all the areas where water would be, and ran a load. Sure enough there’s a small leak. Right now, it’s just a small drip that is easily caught with my rigged ‘drip pan’ but it’s likely going to get worse.
The dishwasher is original to the house, so it’s just around 13 years old. It was likely a basic dishwasher in it’s time. It’s white and while it was probably all white at one time, the area around the control panel is slightly different plastic which has severely yellowed over time. The dishwasher itself is extremely loud. Now that I’ve got the panel off, I can hear that the motor itself doesn’t sound in that great of shape.
All in all, I think this dishwasher has outlived it’s useful life and it’s time for a new one.
All of the appliances in our kitchen are white, with the exception of the stove/oven which is white with a black door. We have debated getting a stainless steel dishwasher with the idea being that we’d slowly replace the appliances over time to match or we would do the rest as part of a one-day-in-the-future kitchen overhaul.
I think we have decided to go with another white one. Why?
- We’re hoping the rest of the appliances last a long time. The fridge is eight years old, the microwave is four years old (we put that in), and I’m assuming the oven/stove is…well I’m not really sure, but I’m guessing it was original. Still, those usually last the longest.
- We’d like to overhaul the kitchen a bit, but being budget concious, we realize that’s probably five years or more away.
- Going from two different colors to three (including the black on the stove) is taking a step backwards.
- The white ones are a bit cheaper.
We’re going to shop around and use Consumers Reports and other ratings as a basis to get a replacement unit. Some of the top-of-the-line models are $1,500 – $2,000 which blows my mind. The basic ones I’ve seen can be had for $300. I’m thinking ours will likely be in the $500-700 range, hopefully not too much above that with taxes, delivery, and installation. Though, we’ll see.
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