Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Bride of My Nemesis

JoeOur temporary apartment came with an interesting new feature: a tiny, countertop dishwasher. Specifically, it's a Husqvarna 95i Harmony dishwasher, interesting mainly because I hadn't previously realized that Husqvarna manufactured anything other than sewing machines and chain saws (although, in retrospect, I suppose it makes sense that they would make something in the middle there). The only problem with the Husqvarna 95i Harmony dishwasher is that it's never been marketed outside of Sweden (well, except for in Finland, but that hardly counts) so there doesn't appear to be an extant copy of an English instruction manual.

No fear, half an hour spent pouring over the Swedish instructions with a dictionary yielded most of the information necessary to run the thing (I still don't know what the little knob on the sink does—perhaps it's unrelated?). Unfortunately, after getting it loaded and switched on there were more indicators lit up than it seemed there should be, and indeed, a little more investigating led to the cause: our dishwasher is out of salt. Well, that's no problem, I'll just—hang on, out of salt? Surely not. Just a minute, let's see here… "Signallampan indikerar när det är dags att fylla på salt i avhärdaren." Yup, it's out of salt. I wonder what one does about that, when one apparently lives in a country which has yet to discover kosher salt? Sigh. Well, at least it's a quiet little thing, even if it doesn't pre-salt my dishes.

1 comment:

  1. The salt may be to soften the water. Though where you get softener salt and how you ask for it in Swedish is another problem :)

    If it is to soften the water, it will still clean, but eventually you'll get more mineral and rust deposits on the machine, which could effect performance over time (years most likely)