Thursday, June 27, 2013

Silence

Since starting our blog, we have treated our readers to several posts about our washing machine, including two over the past week.  Here is one more, third in the trilogy of posts related to replacing our old, jackhammer-loud Comb-o-matic.

The new machine, the Splendide 2100XC (the direct replacement for our 27-year-old machine) went into place without too much effort or drama.  Its dimensions are nearly identical to that of our old machine, and it is lighter in weight.  After hoisting it into the boat with our spinnaker halyard, Krissy and I together pulled/carried/shoved it into place, where I fairly easily made the necessary connections (water, power, vent, and drain).  And that was it--installed.  Fairly anti-climactic after the hours spent disassembling the old machine and carrying it out, piece by piece.

Installed
The important test of the new machine, however, was not how easily it could installed (a one-time affair), but how well it washes and dries our clothes (a multiple-times-a-week affair).  We reasonably hoped for an improvement over our old machine.  Our old machine worked, but it was deafening in the spin cycle.  Helina--somehow--learned to sleep through it, but it was so loud that you literally could not hear someone speak right next to you.  And, for some reason, there were four or five spin cycles per load.  That machine was, by far, the loudest and most disturbing device on Sea Gem.  To help with the dry cycle, combination washer/dryer machines have an extra-high-speed spin cycle, which tends to make them loud.  We researched our unit, and it turns out that its operation was perfectly normal--many other owners complained online of the deafening spin cycle.  Because our new machine uses the same basic technology, we figured it would also be loud, and simply hoped that it would not be as loud.

Which is why, during the machine's maiden load of laundry, we thought it was broken when we didn't hear the jackhammer sound.  Or, for that matter, any sound at all.  The new machine is completely silent.  We repeatedly checked on the machine, thinking it had turned itself off for some reason, only to find it quietly working away.  So it may have taken them 27 years to do it, but Splendide finally figured out how to make a quiet machine.  I'm just glad our old machine hung on long enough for us to make the upgrade, which would have been worth it even had our old machine not given out--it is, after all, hard to put a price on hearing.

As an added bonus, the new machine also has 20% greater capacity than the old machine, enabling us to get by with running fewer loads.  Perhaps, then, the new machine will last 20% longer--check back in 32 years for an update.

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