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New tricks are needed

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By Harold Morgon

Our new dishwasher says, right there in the operator’s manual, to push the start button twice to wash the dishes using the settings from the previous cycle. Push the button once and tiny lights identify the earlier settings. Once understood, this is very nice, even for those of us without previous experience in twice-pushing dishwasher start buttons.
New appliances come with other surprises that, when the human habit factor is added, may mean those vaunted energy savings are less than the government assures.
We got the new dishwasher, to start, because we had the money. Then I saw an ad about a Sears Memorial Day weekend sale.
Our washer had been making extra noise and cleaning less well. Crud stayed on the silverware. Consumer Reports put one Sears model toward the top of their rankings.
Finally, there was the life of the appliance. While writing a real estate-related newsletter a few years ago, I learned that appliance operating life is less than I remembered as a kid in the ‘60s. The 20-year operating life stuff is long gone. Today, the longest life I found claimed for a dishwasher is 13 years. That comes from Houselogic.com, the National Association of Realtors.


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