Sep 03, 2009 7:07 pm
Had a front loader that has washed coutless nappies and the like for the last 5 years and it is slowly packing it in.
Rang a serviceman today to get him over to have a look and despite him being happy to come over, he was of the opinion that we'd be unlikely to get much more out of it.
Surely we should expect more than 5 years out of a washing machine? It wasn't cheap and has been great up until now.
Does the serviceman have a point or doesn't he want the gig?
Re: Whirlpool washing machines2
Sep 03, 2009 10:10 pm
I guess i just always weigh up the cost of a few hundred dollars in repairs which could be put towards getting a new one. I would hate to spend the money to get another 6 -12 months use and end up having gto get a new one then.
Maybe you could get a second opinion. What seems to be the problem with it?
Re: Whirlpool washing machines3
Sep 04, 2009 1:08 pm
Both my parents and myself have Whirlpool front loaders. My parents is just about to turn 7 years old and they have had is having to replace the door twice due to the plastic cracking. My Mum wipes the washer out and the seal after every use and does not close the door for a little while to ensure that it is all dry. I notice that the top has a crack in the plastic as well now so we are not sure if there is something else causing this as she is pedantic about looking after her appliances.
Mine is the same model but only about 5 years old and it hasn't missed a beat. It has been shifted twice and I have just bought a pedestal to put it on so that I don't have to bend to put things in or out. I would be very upset if I had to replace it at this stage (I do have a 5 year warranty on it) and if I were you I would be looking to get another opinion as I haven't heard anything bad about them.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
Re: Whirlpool washing machines4
Sep 04, 2009 5:40 pm
I've had my Whirlpool front loader for about 12 years and am still very happy with it. I've had no problems at all and it certainly gets a workout (about 10-12 loads per week). My mum had a Whirlpool and after about 10 years it broke down, it was going to cost $180 to have it fixed so she bought a new one instead. I reckon you should definitely expect more than 5 years of normal use. Have you considered contacting Whirlpool? It'd be interesting to see what they have to say.
Re: Whirlpool washing machines5
Sep 04, 2009 5:43 pm
I've had my Whirlpool front loader for 8yrs and while it is still working well, a lot of the numbers have rubbed off the dials and I've had to write them back on with permanent marker! Plus the rubber seal has been replaced but it was still under warranty. It'll last a bit longer but might get a new one to be delivere to new house once its built, save me moving this one I guess.
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Re: Whirlpool washing machines6
Sep 12, 2009 3:26 pm
I too was a little sceptical of it lasting only 5 years, so got some around to have a look.
$80 pump replacement for a ******* one
$25 service charge
Total $175 and we are back on the road! Bring on more nappies!!
Thanks all for the advice.
Re: Whirlpool washing machines8
Sep 13, 2009 2:57 pm
IMO twenty,ten or even five years ago brand name were important but now everything that can be generic is made in China and little difference exits between brands is mass production at lower cost per unit with little life cycle (five years at the most is what you may get) much like powertools anything of lower value matches low quality regardless of the brand name just look at the manufacturing labels.
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