Quirky Quips and Quotes – Laundry in Limp Mode

Preamble: A few years ago our Jeep suddenly lost it’s zippy acceleration while we were driving home from Arizona. We took it into a Chrysler dealership. They couldn’t repair it for days, but said we could drive it home. It would be a slower trip than usual because the Jeep would be running in ‘limp mode’.

Fast forward to this years snowbird return to The Red House. We unpacked and I started to do laundry. Oh, oh – our four year old washing machine quit after just one load. It’s electronic dial spit out an ‘E-11’ error code. The Car Guy did a reset (unplug and plug back in) but it didn’t help. He made sure the water wasn’t blocked and that the pressure was okay. Check, check. He contacted the warranty repair company. That put us on the list for repair, but it has been two weeks now and we still don’t have a date they can come out.

The pessimist in me thinks it could be a long time before the washer gets repaired – so I thought about whether a washing machine has a ‘limp mode’? I started to test various combinations of water temperature, wash cycles, etc. After a lot of trial and error, I’ve been able to use the machine on ‘tap cold’ mode on the ‘rinse again and spin’ cycle and one wash cycle – as long as I don’t push the ‘pods’ soap button. Fingers crossed.

I briefly wished I still had my trusty old Maytag washing machine. It would have been 44 years old now and it would not have given me grief about eating another ‘pod’. Mind you, it only had one cycle that reliably worked, it didn’t spin the clothes very well, it refused to wash sneakers or quilts and it sometimes took a walk about when it was out of balance… but it never had a hissy fit over the type of soap I gave it.

Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing?
– Katherine Whitehorn –

I love those 17 seconds when the laundry is all caught up!
– Author Unknown –

Now they show you how detergents take out bloodstains, a pretty violent image there. I think if you’ve got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe laundry isn’t your biggest problem. Maybe you should get rid of the body before you do the wash.
– Jerry Seinfeld –

One day my housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweat-shirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to me, “What setting do I use on the washing machine?”
“It depends,” I replied. “What does it say on the back of the shirt?”
He yelled back, “University of Oklahoma.”
– boardofwisdom.com –

A clever take on the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” by The Proclaimers. “But I would walk 500 miles, And I would walk 500 more, Just to be the man who walks a thousand miles, To fall down at your door.”

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11 thoughts on “Quirky Quips and Quotes – Laundry in Limp Mode

    1. It certainly seems that way! Fortunately, it is still on warranty.
      On the plus side, this new washer cleans the clothes a whole bunch better, uses a lot less water, is more energy efficient, and spins them dryer so that the dryer uses less energy. The new machine cost just over twice what the old one did, but wages have certainly more than doubled in 40 years!


  1. I’m with you on the Maytags, Margy. We never should’ve gotten rid of the ones we had twenty years ago. We’re in the market for new machines now (our Samsungs have been “meh”) so we’re going to go with Maytag again. At least we don’t have three children’s worth of laundry these days.


    1. We went with Electrolux when we replaced our Maytag. It had the highest rating at that time. The problem with service is likely due to ongoing Covid issues – lack of service people and difficulty getting the electronic parts!


  2. It’s ridiculous how delicate most new appliances are! Our old ones were designed to run for decades, and did so. The new machines seemed designed to break down after about three years, tops.


    1. Many consumer reports agree with you. Today’s appliances are not built as sturdily and incorporate more bells and whistles that break down. On the positive side, they are more energy efficient and better for the environment!


  3. I’m so glad someone else has had a limping Jeep. Our last one, yes we bought two, had a hissy fit on the top of Melbourne’s highest bridge (with the caravan on the back). When we finally limped into a dealership we were told to take it back to our local dealership 90kms away and of course back over that bridge! Their 5 figure repair quote sent us scuttling to a repairer who did the job for 4 figures. Do you find that at least one household appliance always dies of loneliness while you’re away in winter?


    1. Our Jeep was a diesel and the problem was with the injectors. We limped it home – 1300 kms.
      I like your explanation that an appliance would die of loneliness. It really is the best explanation because the washer was working fine when we left it!


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