Bad things happen in threes. Do you believe that superstition? I grew up hearing and been around people who exactly believes in it.
If I may say so, the string of events that took place at home lately (in the past four weeks to be exact), seem to fit into that superstition. The only difference is that no living object is involved, thank God. But it’s still unnerving just the same especially for someone like me who tries so hard to resist change. But as we all know, the only constant in this life are death and change so who am I to keep resisting it.
Yeah, our almost 11 year old GE Profile Dishwasher started to malfunction.
It’s been nothing but good performance, not once have we had any service call (except for a voluntary recall repair done by GE), and the 5 year Extended Service Warranty that we paid for is no longer in effect. Hence, when I noticed the crazy beeping sound (as though someone is pressing the control pad), I knew I needed to call a service professional. With a diagnostic fee of $50 by a local repair company, it was confirmed that the control pad and the ‘brain’ (yes just like any computer) of the machine needs to be replaced to the tune of $580 including labor. For Pete’s sake, I can buy a brand new low end dishwasher for that price, right?
So with a heavy heart, my husband and I decided to let go of it. I initially toyed with the idea of having a new cabinet installed (for more storage) in the same spot and forgo a dishwasher. But not having a dishwasher for the past few weeks isn’t working good for me. Nasanay na ang muchacha (lol). We have been to two different appliance stores and had been there twice to the two stores stalking the dishwashers specifically, MIELE. I need to do more research and need to make an informed decision prior to purchase because Miele is a European brand and there are things that have to be strongly considered (hook up and detergent, etc). Upon learning that GE stopped manufacturing appliances since Frigidaire bought the brand, husband and I decided it’s time to ‘divorce’ GE hahaha. So yes, I’m still washing dishes manually… until everything is sorted out.
A week after the dishwasher decided to die, our Digital Water Ionizer also started to malfunction. We’ve owned this unit since December 2011 and never had any issues. This ionizer dispenses alkaline water in four different stages, purified water and acidic water in two stages (good for astringent, cleaning and sterilizing). We just replaced the filter last February and each filter normally last us 6 months depending on usage. All of a sudden the water inflow rate was diminished until it no longer dispensed water. We performed the recommended solution as indicated by the troubleshooting guide but nothing worked except the last recourse which was filter replacement.
Yes, the filter died, not the machine. Hurray! But that’s $199 down the drain. It’s good that we always have a spare filter at home. I’m happy that the issue was just the filter and not the machine. The manual indicates that the filter prematurely goes when there’s a big build up of particles from the water supply. Now, I’m a happy camper though I’m not that thrilled that I have to buy a new filter prematurely so I have a spare here at home.
But that’s not all. Last week, my Clarisonic Plus died. Yes, it just died abruptly. This is my second unit and I’ve had this since December 2013. The first unit I owned lasted for more than two years, so I had to buy a new unit after it perished. This current unit however is under warranty (two years) so all I needed to do was contact Clarisonic. They emailed me the return label and I sent the unit plus the charger to them. I was told that I’ll be getting the replacement in two weeks – all for free.
Now, do bad things really happen in threes?