Washing Machine repair or replace?
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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
My advise not specific to whirlpools, but I'd say it depends on what you've got and what you want to get. I was in a similar situation with an LG front load, a ~$200 part failed (heater maybe?) about 6 months after I had replaced the drain pump (~$50 part). It was about the same age as yours. I junked it and bought a new top load. You can easily spend almost a grand on a new top of the line, so $250 doesn't sound so bad, but you can also buy a mid-level for ~$400. I never really liked the LG, so it was an easy decision for me to buy a new one. I think 10 years is about the time the front loaders start to crap out, while the old agitators can easily go for longer than that (my experience having my house plus a couple of rentals). FWIW, the new top load (non-agitator) model is better than the front load, but not by much.

So... all that to say I'd go shopping for a new one and if you see one you like for <$600 I'd buy the new one, otherwise I'd throw $250 at the old one and hope to get 2-3 more good years out of her.
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  Re: RE: Washing Machine repair or replace? by ajkoontz (My advise not specif...)
(02-23-2019, 01:51 PM)ajkoontz Wrote: I think 10 years is about the time the front loaders start to crap out, while the old agitators can easily go for longer than that (my experience having my house plus a couple of rentals). FWIW, the new top load (non-agitator) model is better than the front load, but not by much.
Interesting you say that. I have a client who buys vacation rental properties. Nothing fancy, mostly townhouses. He got tired of failing electronics in the appliances. Now he puts Speed Queen washers and driers in and has never had an issue with them. They aren't pretty or as energy efficient as some others but they work and last forever. Their cheapest line comes standard with a 3 year warranty. My client has about 10 properties and Speed Queen in all of them.
 
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  Re: RE: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Snipe Hunter ([quote='ajkoontz' pi...)
(02-23-2019, 09:47 PM)Snipe Hunter Wrote: Interesting you say that. I have a client who buys vacation rental properties. Nothing fancy, mostly townhouses. He got tired of failing electronics in the appliances. Now he puts Speed Queen washers and driers in and has never had an issue with them. They aren't pretty or as energy efficient as some others but they work and last forever. Their cheapest line comes standard with a 3 year warranty. My client has about 10 properties and Speed Queen in all of them.

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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
(02-23-2019, 09:47 PM)Snipe Hunter Wrote: Now he puts Speed Queen washers and driers in and has never had an issue with them. They aren't pretty or as energy efficient as some others but they work and last forever. Their cheapest line comes standard with a 3 year warranty. My client has about 10 properties and Speed Queen in all of them.
I remember 50 years ago when I used laundromats they were almost always  equipped with Speed Queen appliances. Wish they were a little easier to find. It's a brand I'm aware of and keep forgetting.
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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
It's my understanding that the newest models of SpeedQueens have taken a step backwards.  I hate my washing machine and am waiting for it to go T.U. and was planning on a SQ....however after much research I'm likely to be swayed over to the commercial Maytags instead.
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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
I'm trying to connect to get parts from a doner washer. If that don't work then will buy new. I'm not gonna put money in this old one.

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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
(02-22-2019, 09:38 PM)Foggy Wrote: Eight and a half year old washing machine quit. I found a technician's manual inside of the top. Wonderful, I can check the machine out myself. Now the bad news. It's brains are dead. So.....Do I spend $225 for new brains or junk it and buy a new one? What is the expected life of a Whirlpool?
My GE washing machine failed after 7 years and I called in a GE repairman.  He said it did not pay to repair it.  I mentioned that my parent's washing machine lasted over 25 years and he said, the average life span for a washing machine was 6 to 7 years.  

Apparently it is now a consumable item.

I would not repair it.  It is not one component that is worn out, it is the whole machine that is worn out and one component has now failed.  It is a sad commentary on manufacturing nowadays.  Cell phones are designed to last 3 years; washing machines for 6 or 7 years; but cars are lasting longer (and costing way more).
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  Re: Washing Machine repair or replace? by Foggy (Eight and a half yea...)
I have a Whirlpool Duet that began failing after about 8 years.  After replacing the door switch with no results, the repair shop wanted $300 to replace the control board.  I took it apart and removed the control board from its housing and examined it.  The relays on the board (about 6 of them) had solder joints that had microfractures in them, likely due to the intense vibration of the machine during the spin cycle.  I took a soldering iron and reflowed all the solder joints on each relay, adding a bit more solder where I thought it was necessary.  After reinstalling, the washer worked perfectly and has worked for the last 7 years with no issues.
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