Skip to content
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(BBC-US)   Always pre-soak your kids and kittens AND DON'T OVER-DRY   (bbc.com) divider line
    More: Obvious, Sustainability, Laundry, Sweden, Washing machine, Home appliances, Major appliance, local repair firm, Swedish krona  
•       •       •

661 clicks; posted to STEM » on 03 Mar 2021 at 9:30 AM (10 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



Voting Results (Smartest)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

 
2021-03-03 9:39:56 AM  
4 votes:
A friend of mine owns an appliance store.  He says that washers and dryers built after the front-loader washers became popular are garbage, and that if you can fix your unit built before that time, do it.  They are built so cheaply now that it's a throwaway item.

FWIW, if you're looking for a washer, get a Speed Queen.  Still built in the U.S., have a 3-year warranty, and are damn reliable.  They are what you see in laundromats.
 
2021-03-03 12:05:52 PM  
2 votes:
Want your washer/dryer to last longer? Stop over filling them. Clothes should be added loosely, not crammed in. The weight of all those excess items causes unnecessary wear and tear on the mechanical parts and is the number one reason for early failure.

Also, buy an old style unit with knobs, those electronic unites are snazzy and all, but those circuit boards fail often and are expensive to replace. Most people never use 90% of the settings and features on those anyway.
 
2021-03-03 11:16:00 AM  
2 votes:
My washer and dryer have sensors that seem to make the timer as meaningless as an estimated download display. Might as well say "soonish" or "check back in 15 minutes".
 
2021-03-03 7:25:08 PM  
1 vote:

frankb00th: OlderGuy: The largest cost on new appliances are the control boards... also what usually fails first..  the KISS (Keep It Simple, Sir) method for manufacturing appliances has vanished, due to the unneeded 'bells and whistles' included in most newer appliances.. this is due to the dropping IQ of humans, with their love for 'shiny stuff' overriding consideration of longevity in operation..  and this will only get worse.. all of my appliances are pre-electronic.  They all work as designed.  Critical spare parts are in stock..  Refrigerator :  compressor start relay, evaporator and condenser fan motors, defrost timer.   Washer : timer assembly, belt.  Dryer :  belt, bearings, heat package.   None of these parts are expensive.   All parts together cost less than one control board for a 'modern' appliance.   A 'front load' appliance will fail quickly if water is involved, therefore top loading washers only..  dryers need to be front load, for the 'tumbling' effect during drying.  I have a dish washer : me.   takes 5 minutes for a cycle, uses no electricity : air dry ftw.  Cats do pre-wash.

My agitator stopped working and after a quick search, I discovered that it was most likely the "dogs" used as a safeguard against overloading that were either broken or worn out. Turns out they were. 10 $ of parts.
Repair guy told me it was a 150$ job.
Did it myself. I know nothing about washing machines


Good job there... if you have mechanical abilities and some common sense, not a big deal..
 
2021-03-03 6:47:46 PM  
1 vote:
One manufacturer designs their products to last 10 years. They are proud of it, and think that is a long time. I don't. And ISO9000 just means every identical item will have the same weak link, and break within a few months of each other.
GE spacesaver microwave. 25 years old. Bulletproof.
GE dishwasher came with new house. POS. Replaced after second pump seal failure, but with another GE. Inlet valve failure 3 months out of warranty. Replaced this one after pump seal failure. KitchenAid still solid after 5 years.
Tappan range. Burner igniter failed 3 months out of warranty. No other problems for 10 years, then oven igniter needed to be replaced. 25 years old now.
Whirlpool refrigerator. 25 years old. Rebuilt icemaker once, replaced once.
Whirlpool Duet washer and dryer. 15 years old. Washer drain pump replaced after 12 years. Dryer solenoid coil for gas valve replaced after 12 years, belt and pulleys replaced after 14, thermal fuse after 15 years.
My point is that if someone tells me an appliance has reached end of life after 10 years, I'm looking elsewhere to buy. I expect that with a few inexpensive repairs, they should last a lot longer than 10 years.
Not sure what to look for in kitchen appliances. I am not paying for a refrigerator with a cheap compressor that connects to the internet.
Next washer and dryer are Speed Queen.
 
2021-03-03 6:38:27 PM  
1 vote:

OlderGuy: The largest cost on new appliances are the control boards... also what usually fails first..  the KISS (Keep It Simple, Sir) method for manufacturing appliances has vanished, due to the unneeded 'bells and whistles' included in most newer appliances.. this is due to the dropping IQ of humans, with their love for 'shiny stuff' overriding consideration of longevity in operation..  and this will only get worse.. all of my appliances are pre-electronic.  They all work as designed.  Critical spare parts are in stock..  Refrigerator :  compressor start relay, evaporator and condenser fan motors, defrost timer.   Washer : timer assembly, belt.  Dryer :  belt, bearings, heat package.   None of these parts are expensive.   All parts together cost less than one control board for a 'modern' appliance.   A 'front load' appliance will fail quickly if water is involved, therefore top loading washers only..  dryers need to be front load, for the 'tumbling' effect during drying.  I have a dish washer : me.   takes 5 minutes for a cycle, uses no electricity : air dry ftw.  Cats do pre-wash.


My agitator stopped working and after a quick search, I discovered that it was most likely the "dogs" used as a safeguard against overloading that were either broken or worn out. Turns out they were. 10 $ of parts.
Repair guy told me it was a 150$ job.
Did it myself. I know nothing about washing machines
 
2021-03-03 11:55:40 AM  
1 vote:

OlderGuy: Monty_Zoncolan: Had to replace the dogs in my 20yr old Maytag... was easy, worked a charm but then this air hose got clogged... I dunno why it even exists but... I had to take the case apart to unclog the hose and now I need 6 hands to get the case back together. By complete coincidence my dad got a new washer that week so I got a replacement... that was a decade ago and the Maytag still sits right next to the new washer w/ a pile of random crap on top.

The only air hose on a washer is for the fill mechanism.. pressure switch and setting determines how much water goes into the tub.   My Maytag is 1996 vintage : lift the top to access it.  Pressure switch is in the control panel.


I think mine is from closer to '88 but yeah, top loader... that sounds like the functional reason for the hose I unclogged too... I'm literally 8 screws away from having an extra washer for my garage rags and dog towels... maybe I should get a wife and have a kid so in another decade I can finally fix this farking thing!
 
2021-03-03 11:12:28 AM  
1 vote:

Monty_Zoncolan: Had to replace the dogs in my 20yr old Maytag... was easy, worked a charm but then this air hose got clogged... I dunno why it even exists but... I had to take the case apart to unclog the hose and now I need 6 hands to get the case back together. By complete coincidence my dad got a new washer that week so I got a replacement... that was a decade ago and the Maytag still sits right next to the new washer w/ a pile of random crap on top.


The only air hose on a washer is for the fill mechanism.. pressure switch and setting determines how much water goes into the tub.   My Maytag is 1996 vintage : lift the top to access it.  Pressure switch is in the control panel.
 
Displayed 8 of 8 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking





On Twitter



  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.