I've noticed that I've got a lot of W's in my life recently.
Yup, my washing machine is on the fritz. I got home from work yesterday to have Justine greet me with the words "The washing machine won't start". Great... one more thing. And just when she is finally cleaning up her 'floor-drobe' to get ready to leave for college. V has done his research and managed to download the service manual. Hopefully it is something that he can fix. Sadly, it is probably a problem with the circuit board and we'll need to order a replacement part. Of course, if that's the case, we may just get a new washer. I can't see paying $250 to repair a 6 year old washer when I can get a new one for not too much more. That's the problem with these high-end, computerized things- you can't just replace one piece, you've got to replace the entire control console. When we got this machine, it had great reviews. It seems that a few years later, it has been dubbed "the worst machine ever produced by Whirlpool" because of technical problems. But I guess we've lasted longer than most. V has seen many stories of this machine lasting only three years so we've managed to double its general life expectancy. But that's really sad considering that the washer we had before this one was about 20 years old when V finally blew it up. (a long story for another time)
sigh... if it's not one thing, it's another.