Sunday, April 17, 2011

Washer Woes

We woke up to beautiful sunshine hoping it will stay that way all day.
Remember the Maytag Man in the commercials of the olden days????

Well, I think he appeared at our house.

For a few weeks now our Maytag Washer has been making a screeching sound at the spin cycle. It was getting so bad that we could not be in the same room during the spin cycle. I called the place where I bought it but they could not guess at what it might be without having a look at it. They also said that they did not have many problems with our type washer which I find hard to believe after searching on the Internet and finding forum after forum where people complained about these washers breaking down so often. $$$$ signs where in my eyes and I certainly did not want to spend a great amount on a washer I did not like in the first place. I had blogged about it earlier. In that Blog I said that we bought the washer in 2008 but in reality it was February 2007. (senior moment mix-up) so the machine is only 4 years old.

washer Blog

Cliff thought the machine sounded like it had a broken bearing. He called the dealer to find out how much it would cost to replace it. They quoted a minimum of $ 200.—but it could rise to $ 500.00. For that amount of money I would much, much rather buy a top load washer which I should have done in the first place.

Maytag Man to the rescue… 
Maytag manHis name is Cliff ☺


As you can see the machine is now unrecognisable ☺ and sure enough one of the bearings is the culprit.


I was shocked to see the grunge on the inside. It is soap build-up. When we bought our freezer last year at Sears I happened to talk to the sales lady about our Maytag washer smelling at times. She told me that a tablespoon of the Tide He-soap was enough for a load instead of the quantity that Tide proposes. At the time I thought that was not enough but I now believe her after seeing the inside of our washer. It took a lot of elbow grease to get it clean again. For the last year I had even used the packets of cleaner that are supposed to clean the washer a few times and still there was the build-up.


The bearing had a number and Cliff knew where to buy one without paying the Maytag price. Instead of around $ 60.00 he got one for $ 20.00 at a regular bearing shop but we also needed a seal kit that is strictly Maytag. Of course it was not “in stock” so now we are waiting for it. I hope it will come soon because our cold room next to the utility room is full of washer parts and there is hardly any room to walk. I also hope that we will be able to put that washer back together again which is going to be a tall order.

or fixing the washer ☺

Stay tuned!!


Gypsy said...

I think most people make the mistake of adding just a little bit more detergent, whether in the washing machine or the dishwasher. Part of it is because the soap mfrs concentrated the stuff to too great an extent and no one believes that little bit will do the job. I hope you get everything back together soon.

BTW, they say a front loader gets clothes cleaner, and I think it may be true. But a top loader doesn't have a window to get all that soap scum in - wonder where the scum goes, lol.

Judy and Emma said...

Hope you don't have any parts left over when You put it back together! :)

Sandra said...

I have really cut back on detergent since we've been in the house. I don't see any difference in the clothes except the towels seems softer.

When we had the house (pre RVing) we had purchased a new Maytag washer and dryer around 2000 I think. A couple of years later (just after the warranty was over), the washer quit (don't remember details now) but the interior had rusted out apparently. I whined and complained to Maytag and they did wind up paying for it.

pidge said...

Hope you get your washer fixed. I would be lost without mine. Love the Maxine and your header picture.

Janna and Mike said...

I've heard the same thing about laundry detergent and also dishwasher soap. Good luck with the repair job!

Brenda said...

It's simply luck of the draw with washers. I went through several in a 20 year period, but have now had my Maytag without problems for probably twenty years. I hope yours is fixed soon.