Page 4 of 4 FirstFirst 1234
Results 46 to 58 of 58

Thread: Washing machine longevity advice please

  1. #46
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Okotoks AB
    Posts
    1,631
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Dawson View Post
    The Maytag repair man died a few years ago.
    Probably from overwork

  2. #47
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Pratt View Post
    Probably from overwork
    No, the coroner said his heart showed signs of "agitation" But the crime scene was just "too clean" to be sure.

  3. #48
    Join Date
    Sep 2016
    Location
    Modesto, CA, USA
    Posts
    3,451
    Consumers reports rated him highly because he made no noise after was dead. Also used no water or power.
    Bill D

  4. #49
    Join Date
    Feb 2014
    Location
    Lake Gaston, Henrico, NC
    Posts
    4,491
    My 103 year old Mother still has a working Harvest Gold Maytag top loader that was bought new in 1974. She had to go into assisted living this past Fall, but the people we found to rent the house are still using that washer.

    We have some front loaders, and do at least one load a day, and many days, multiple loads. They typically last 6 to 8 years for us, so we favor price over brand, and bells, and whistles. Current one is LG, and I like the ease of cleaning the strainer in it. It has given absolutely no trouble. I forget the brand of the last one, but it finally started popping an error code EF. I told my Wife that it was telling us that it was Effed Up.

  5. #50
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Okotoks AB
    Posts
    1,631
    Quote Originally Posted by Mel Fulks View Post
    No, the coroner said his heart showed signs of "agitation" But the crime scene was just "too clean" to be sure.
    I was gonna vote this the best post in the thread, but then...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Consumers reports rated him highly because he made no noise after was dead. Also used no water or power.
    Bill D

  6. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Mitchell View Post
    I guess this could be considered an interesting read. It's basically a direct rebuttle to the Speed Queen fans. The writer sounds like he was even starting to come around about Speed Queen (apparently the tests conducted don't necessarily reflect real world circumstance, especially for "work clothes" type of loads,) but once the 2018 models came out even the Speed Queen fans started to turn-tail.

    https://thewirecutter.com/blog/speed-queen-washer/
    That was an interesting article, along with the (ex-)dealer Youtube reviews. It seems that SQ really screwed up with their mods to the 2018 top-loader washer to get it more highly rated in Consumer Reports. From watching the videos, you can see why.

    I'm glad I have my 2016 SQ top-loaders, which perform phenomenally well. If you want new, supposedly the Ipso and Huebsch (sp?) are built to the old SQ standards.

  7. #52
    My congratulations to Bill , he used the "double whammy" well . But my own review of CR would make a good movie!
    And it's for sale.

  8. #53
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Location
    Waterford, PA
    Posts
    342
    Speed Queen. My set are workhorses that have never neeeded a repair in the 15 years I've had them. Old fashioned Top Loader washer that actually fills with water. If I lived in a different part of the country, I'd feel differently and probably have a Front Loader.

  9. #54
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Okotoks AB
    Posts
    1,631
    For the life of me, I can't figure out why CR is still in business. Every couple of years I'll take a look, forgetting how bad it is. Shame on me for wasting my time.

  10. #55
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Somewhere in the Land of Lincoln
    Posts
    1,069
    First front loader was a Whirlpool Duet set. Washer locked the door at less than 2 weeks of age and we had a loaner washer for 2 months. The spider broke in it at around 8 years of age. Lifetime guarantee for the part, but a huge job to change. Bought an LG front loader and it's been great. It's a step down from Jim's model. average 4-5 loads per week. The Duet dryer failed and I got the first one I could find in stock. (Gas) If you have gas available they are much more economical than electric. Any no issues with our LG front load washer.

  11. #56
    Frank, they once gave a radio top marks because it would not kill you if it fell into the bath tub with you.

  12. #57
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    Wayland, MA
    Posts
    1,672
    We recently replaced our 30+ year old Maytags with ~20 year old Maytags. We are blessed with having Norm (not that one), who is an old appliance repair guy who runs Normans's Used Appliances in the town next door. He buys up cosmetically good old appliances and then thoroughly refurbishes them mechanically and re-sells them at a cost 1/4-1/3 of what you might pay for new junk. Our kids have both bought washers, dryers and dishwashers from him and all of those are going strong years later.

    Norm is pushing 70 from the wrong side, so I don't know what we'll do the next time we need a washing machine. (BTW, he won't touch Samsung, says they are unrepairable due to lack of parts. He'll tell you if you want reliability go with mechanical controls, the main reason that machines become unfixable is problems in the electronics where no replacement parts are available. Apparently a lot of the mechanical parts for the myriad brands made by Hotpoint have been basically unchanged for most of the last 50 years and are still readily available.)

  13. #58
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Okotoks AB
    Posts
    1,631
    Our last set was Maytag Neptune. They worked very well, for a while. After 5 or 6 years the washer quit because the main control board failed. A new one was over $200. It was a common enough fault that the interweb was loaded with repair solutions. A capacitor and resistor had to be replaced. Cost was less than $2.00 and it took about 5 minutes to solder the new parts in place. A couple of years later it started sounding like a jet taking off when on the spin cycle. Again Maytag's only solution was to sell me the entire drum assembly for the modest sum of $650.00 (parts only). I bought 2 top quality bearings and seals for about $50. The labor to install them was about an hour & a half.

    There were other minor issues as well, among them, those stupid wax motors that control the door lock failing. I had enough & got rid of them.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •