High-efficiency appliances have found their way into our homes as we swap out dying appliances. With children in our home, I will more than make up the difference in cost over the years.
Of late, our Kenmore HE washer was having problems. We'd keep getting error messages, and the washer would stop running. It was getting to the point that we'd have to nurse it through a wash cycle -- to the point of a load of wash taking four hours. Highly inefficient and aggravating, from every standpoint.
Finally, my husband called the service technician. (This is what warranties are for, but it takes a month of aggravation to get things done.) What was the problem? My washer sucked up little blue socks and my cloth nursing pads, blocking the intake valve. Sigh. Strike one for being environmentally friendly. I'm off to buy a mesh sack to wash them in.