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Old 03-12-2013, 06:01 PM   #16
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The right repairman might just be able to diagnose your "pile of crap noisy unstable machine" and correct that problem as well as the leak issue.

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Old 03-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #17
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most likely unbalananced, bad springs, etc. Shouldn't be 'bouncing' around.

For new , go with the cheapest you can find. They are usually the ones without boards/ Only electric timer motors and switches.
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I don't think you're going to find any top-loading washer without an agitator. How would you expect it to even work? I don't know its capacity, but we have a Maytag Centennial washer that's pretty large. No fancy electronics, just knobs, and holds our queen-sized bedspreads easily.
I have a kenmore top loading HE washer with no agitator. It holds a huge amount of clothes. Works just fine
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I have a kenmore top loading HE washer with no agitator. It holds a huge amount of clothes. Works just fine
Well, I just learned something new. Thanks!
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my best suggestion is find a Speed Queen. If your looking for a machine that is built like they were yesterday this is the only one. It only has a 3.3 cubic foot tub but only a few years ago this was considered extra large. 3.3 will be slightly larger than your current Maytag.
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my best suggestion is find a Speed Queen. If your looking for a machine that is built like they were yesterday this is the only one. It only has a 3.3 cubic foot tub but only a few years ago this was considered extra large. 3.3 will be slightly larger than your current Maytag.
Never heard of that brand but it sounds like they make a solid machine - AND it's MADE IN THE USA. Double bonus points.

How about this: http://www.appliancesconnection.com/...2-i102152.html

It's on "sale" today and delivery is free. It has the agitator in the middle, but it's not as vicious looking as the one in my Maytag. That thing is seriously like an auger used to drill post holes. I can probably deal with the 3.3 capacity, because I'm sure you are correct when you say it's larger than my Maytag. I wanted a massive machine, but for the price and after reading the reviews, this Speed Queen seems like a good contender. I'll have to make a decision quickly though since the sale ends today.
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My local mom&pop appliance store sells that model for the exact same price and even includes delivery and removal of an old appliance. Another bonus.

I think that's what I'm going to go with. Thanks for all the input everybody, and thanks hardwareman for suggesting that brand.

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FYI, just because the newer washers have more options and buttons, knobs, etc. doesn't mean they are complicated to operate. We bought a new front loader last year and although it has 9 different modes it doesn't make it difficult to use. We leave ours on normal cycle, put your clothes in, add your detergent & fabric softener, and turn it on. No more difficult than one that was built 20yrs ago - unless of course you're trying to repair it...
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Speaking of washing machines...here are my two pet peeves:

1. My building has modern commercial machines, I think Wascomat, that get serviced and disinfected every so often but nobody seems to notice (but me) that in the majority of the machines, the compartments that are supposed to hold liquid soap and bleach until the wash cycle don't hold it. The enter the washer immediately upon pouring, so I have to sit around for 10 minutes before pouring it in. Whatever valve that's supposed to hold the liquid should be checked whenever the machine is serviced.

2. My clothes come out suspiciously not hot (when set to hot), and the glass of the front loaders doesn't even feel hot during washing. Washing machines should have thermometers for users to see.
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FYI, just because the newer washers have more options and buttons, knobs, etc. doesn't mean they are complicated to operate. We bought a new front loader last year and although it has 9 different modes it doesn't make it difficult to use. We leave ours on normal cycle, put your clothes in, add your detergent & fabric softener, and turn it on. No more difficult than one that was built 20yrs ago - unless of course you're trying to repair it...
I am kind of a paradox in that I work as an IT Administrator as my profession and do general computer repair "on the side" but I detest technology in everyday life. I hate all these fancy new cars that look and act like spaceships; hate stoves and laundry equipment with computers in them; heck, I outright refused to get a smartphone until about 2 years ago when I finally caved. I'm 25 years old but I really like old-school things.
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I am kind of a paradox in that I work as an IT Administrator as my profession and do general computer repair "on the side" but I detest technology in everyday life. I hate all these fancy new cars that look and act like spaceships; hate stoves and laundry equipment with computers in them; heck, I outright refused to get a smartphone until about 2 years ago when I finally caved. I'm 25 years old but I really like old-school things.


Your explanation makes more sense to me now. At first I was thinking maybe you were an older person who didn't want to deal with newer technology, but your comment about your GF's bras threw me for a loop...

I understand what you're saying about everything from cars to washing machines. Heck you pop the hood on a car nowadays and most of the engine is covered by a big piece of plastic. What's up with that?
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Yeah don't get me started on cars. For the longest time, I drove a 1991 Ford Escort Pony... manual steering, manual transmission, locks, windows, everything. Traded that "up" for a extreme-base-model Kia Rio - same [non-existent] feature set - manual steering, manual trans, etc. I try to buy the most minimalist, utilitarian, and simple things she'll let me buy... lol.


Back on topic, I ordered my Speed Queen from the local independent appliance dealer today. I got the best one, the AWN542. $890.35 including tax/delivery/removal. GF thinks I'm a bit nuts because I could have gotten a higher-capacity "HE" washer from Sears for a little over half that price - or even one of the cheapie Hotpoints that were still the classic design - but I was pretty dead-set on buying this beast. Had the cash, so why not.


My brother's going to take the old one, pop a new seal in it (yeah easier said than done), and use it solely to wash his filthy work uniforms until it completely explodes. It's a win/win for all (except my cash stash).
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Well, a washer (hopefully) isn't something you buy very often, so might as well get what you want since you can afford it. I have a 2000 dodge neon base base model...manual trans, windows, locks, no a/c - does have power steering though. I think that's a requirement though nowadays.
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Purchasing laundry equipment definitely depends on your needs for washing. If you do not need all the fancy cycles and options, it sounds like you're on the right path.

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Would love to be able to use even one front loader but I don't have the clearance. Our laundry room is so tiny that the "walkway" between the appliances and the wall behind where the user stands isn't even big enough for the door of the dryer to fully open.

It's far from ideal but I didn't design it. Our house was built ca. 1875 and the laundry room is a small space taken from the old back porch.

So the washer will have to be top loading. Too bad they don't have top loading dryers too huh.

They do, they are called clothes lines. Used by my mom and all the people that cared a lot more about the environment than today's "Pseudo Greenies"

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