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.: 10.16.2007 

Lessons in Green

The plan was to change our laundry habits to fit our laundry tendencies. This is how we usually do laundry:

"Crap! We need to do laundry!" [Someone puts a load in the washer. We go about our day. The next day...] "Crap! We forgot to put the laundry in the dryer!" [Someone puts it in the dryer.]

So, it took about 24 hours to do a load. A front-loading washer combined with an evaporative dryer (one unit, not stacked) really did sound like a good solution. We'd use less water, take up less precious space in our kitchen so we could put our pantry in, and use less energy to dry our clothes. It didn't matter if it took 5 hours to do one load start to finish because anything shorter than 24 hours seemed like quite a timesaver to us. We could throw in a small load every night and just let it do its thing. We did a bunch of research and finally settled on a Haier Super Capacity Ventless Washer Dryer Combo.

So, our nifty new Haier? Has one fatal flaw. It doesn't have a humidity sensor so that it will just dry until the clothes are ready. It will only dry on a timer, max time per shot is 120 minutes. Ok, this sounds like a long time, but remember it's one of those low-heat, low-energy, ventless evaporative dryers. So when we did our test load of 3 pairs of jeans, we weren't surprised it took 4.5 hours to get them properly dry, we were prepared for that. We were surprised that we had to keep setting the timer. Without an automatic shut-off based on humidity, the damn thing is worse than a regular washer and dryer.

And of course, the place we bought it from won't accept returns after an appliance has been installed and used. I swear we had looked at all the features very closely before buying, but I guess they just blended together after a point. So now we're a bit at a loss on what to do. Hubby is reinstalling our regular washer, but what do we do with the combo?

A lesson to those of you interested in combo units like ours: Pony up the extra cash for the LG Direct Drive Washer Dryer Combo. It has that automatic sensor we thought we were getting.

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thus proclaimeth the Zabet  12:33 PM   1 comment(s)


craigslist might be an option.

It SOUNDS like a great concept. You tried!

By Blogger Colleen, at 5:30 PM  

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