Broken Dishwasher Disaster

If your here reading my blog, I take it your dishwasher broke?

I don’t have any advice for fixing your broken dishwasher. However I will be sharing our experience and what to expect.

Over 2 weeks ago, this is how the disaster hit our home. Half an hour before guests where about to arrive our dishwasher made an odd dinging sound. I was sitting in the living room and asked the kids in the kitchen where that sound came from. The said ‘the dishwasher’….

I jumped up fast as I knew that was a normal sound and sure enough when I came into the kitchen the water was pooling out from the machine onto our floor FAST. I ran and grabbed a beach towel to soak it up. My husband came into the kitchen and started pulling the cabinets apart to check the hoses. Our kitchen is OLD and the appliance is an after thought that someone added. I have hoses going through cabinets in a weird way.

No one needs an unexpected expense right now. At least this appliance is a convenience appliance and not a NEED.

Well after my handy hubby checked things over and diagnosed the problem. The dishwasher was officially out of commission. It didn’t even want to start anymore.

Turns out a part is plugged and in order to fix that we have to pull our kitchen apart. Well that sounds a bit extreme doesn’t it. Here’s why…

Kitchen BEFORE the new floor was installed

When we put our floor in, we learned our cabinets were installed wrong. My dad who is a cabinet maker said the builder cut corners and our counters are missing a piece so the height is lower then it should be.

So – Our flooring could not go UNDER the dishwasher as it should be.

The joys of owning a fixer upper home we now have a broken dishwasher disaster.

We are truthfully in a season of things breaking. I won’t get into all the things. Amongst the negative there is positive.

Life without a dishwasher means we live like it’s the early 1990’s and my parents didn’t get one until My oldest brothers moved out. Did you grow up with or without a dishwasher? My oldest brother brings up this fact that we had it ‘easy’ in the kitchen with the dishwasher when he had years of doing it by hand.

Apparently the dishwasher was invented in the 1880’s, crazy!

In all honesty it’s making us keep better attention to our kitchen. Teaching our kids how to do dishes, not just load, throw a tab in and hit a button. My dreams of a new kitchen may just be around the corner.

It is reminding me of the time our roof, hot water tank and the first dishwasher in the house died in the same week. Unfortunately the things breaking are probably MORE money we need to spend then that previous time. We got through this before and we will get through it again.

My hands are currently permanently chapped as I type this.

I’ve never done the cost savings of life with and without a dishwasher. I just know the last time this happened our water bill went down.

Life without a dishwasher isn’t terrible. People have done it for many many years prior to it being a modern day convenience. Although I think we have more kitchen items then ever before.

How about you? Do you have a dishwasher or not?

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Carrie Plantinga


Author: Notefull Living

Hi, My name is Carrie. I'm Canadian and live in the Fraser Valley outside of Vancouver BC. Notefull Living is my blog about our Home and Garden. I’m a Wife, Mother of 3, I'm passionate about my family and providing a good home and healthy lifestyle. I Hope you enjoy learning about my life with tips that are useful or noteworthy for your own home.

6 thoughts on “Broken Dishwasher Disaster”

  1. I don’t have a dishwasher in my current house, and the kitchen is small so I don’t know that I could fit one in without seriously impacting what limited counter or storage space I have. I live by my self though, so dishes for one in the sink are slightly more manageable than for a family

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    1. Hi Helen, we are a family of 5. I love to be as homemade and homegrown as possible. LOTS of dishes. I experience limited counter space in our trailer on holidays, so I get a glimpse of what you’re dealing with. Hopefully, one day, you will have a bigger kitchen and a dishwasher. It’s definitely a want, not really a need.

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  2. Our dishwasher broke on Thursday! Luckily we installed it in out kitchen so it wasn’t a problem removing it and sending it to get fixed. I’m hoping it will be reinstalled early next week! I don’t find it soothing to do the dishes!

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    1. Life happens, and things break right! I’m happy yours is how it’s supposed to happen. We didn’t know we had an issue until we did our floor years ago. We didn’t have the funds to deal with the counters then, so we just left it.


  3. We never used our dishwasher so I got my husband to take it out and turn it into a ball closet (yes, in the kitchen) for the boys. The house was taken over by all their sports balls at one stage and we always needed more places to store them.

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    1. That’s so funny. What a great way to use the space. Technically our kitchen has space but a poor use of it. I could easily use a craft cabinet or actually have a pantry. Design ideas in the works. Sports balls, that’s a new one for me to hear about. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.


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