Well, after Travis decided he wanted to figure out why the dishwasher wasn't working, we took the whole thing apart (again). This time, we took apart EVERYTHING. The fill mechanism, the front panel, the float mechanism, pretty much everything related to filling the dishwasher with water. After it was determined that everything was pretty much in working order (except the timer), we reassembled it (correctly even), and I did some research into how much a new unit would cost.
After heading off to Atlanta Bread Co. for some tasty (yet healthy) food, we swung by Sears to take a look to see what made today's dishwashers better than my current one.
We arrived at Sears, and I was looking at a Maytag one that I had seen online. It was nice, but was a split door model. Apparently dishwashers are moving to a single door format, as opposed to the split door that most people have. This allows the lower rack to be lower, thus allowing for taller items. Maytag doesn't currently have a single door model with stainless steel interior.
Joe, the sales guy, asked if we had any questions. He explained the split door differences, and why we wanted a stainless steel interior (besides the fact that it looked cool). After talking, making a few phone calls (to the same person), and realizing that I was getting a good price (I did my research), I left with a nice new dishwasher.
I called up my delivery person (camshaft) and headed home with the new dishwasher. We (yet again) took out the old dishwasher (this time permanently), and attempted to install the new one. It mostly went ok, though it took a lot longer than it should have because we spent a LONG time looking for a pair of pliers**). Jason did a nice job supervising. We got everything in, and I started some dishes and headed off to bed.
Sunday morning, I got up, put some shims under the feet to raise it another inch, and put the kickplate back (after trimming a little bit). It could stand to be raised another 1/4 inch, but I'm not going to do it :)
** I picked up a nice new set of pliers yesterday, not that it helped with the dishwasher installation.
Summary of the dishwasher
* It is a little louder than the old one. I think that's because the old one didn't have enough water, so it didn't really work, thus was quiet.
* Stainless steel interior not only looks nice, but it's also beneficial.
* A top rack that adjusts 6 inches up or down is cool.
* Smart Wash (a wash setting that detects how dirty the dishes are and washes accordingly) is economical and nice.
* I must be able to 20% more dishes in this one. It's H U G E.
So, the real question is, why did the only appliance that's in my kitchen that's the 'correct' color, have to break first?