If you have a direct drive unit washer machine and it still looks good on the surface don’t throw it away! Believe me when I say this. Even if you go to a used second hand appliance retail store you will notice its always the Kenmore’s and Whirlpool’s that are being sold. These units are reliable so I’m sure the owner of that retail store can give you that 1 year warranty feeling secured in his product being sold second hand. Keep that in mind.
Especially since now that you can go on Craigslist or the Houston Greensheet and see that individuals are getting rid of their washers and dryer sets for only $300.00 which is a great deal by the way. When servicing a brand like GE the parts are always much more. When I arrive at a customers home only to find out it is a GE direct drive washer about 8 years old I always have to give a customer a firm quote. Just look at it from my point of view.
On a Whirlpool model a typical water pump is about $15.00. A GE’s water pump is about anywhere from $30 and up. And that just depends. Once I got quoted about $60 for a water pump. So you can see that if we get charged more for the parts we have to charge more to the customer. So if its not a major problem I always advise the customer to have it repaired then to replace.
If the cost associated with the part is expensive then of course I advise them to just go out and buy either a new or used unit. Maytag is another brand that cost a lot more on parts. I don;’t know if its because they are no longer being manufactured as a Maytag company or what. Unless you are buying the new Maytag’s out there which are really Whirlpool designs on the inside now. Amazing to know this huh?
Again, as I mentioned before. I only speak of these deigns cause they are the most prevalent in the Houston and Katy appliance repair business. Not long ago the government has mandated that all appliance manufacturers will have to be more energy conscious when mass producing their appliances for sale to the general public. Have you been to the store lately and seen washers being sold with the energy efficiency logo and you can only buy the HE type of detergent to use with your machine. Now you don’t even need to use hot water to wash. The cold water is just fine since the detergent is compatible with the coolness of the water mixture.
Also people are not use to the machine not filling all the way up with water to wash. It agitates slow and some machines look like they don’t even have a agitator! Well, welcome to the energy efficient age where now all machines will eventually be sold to you and me like what we see being sold now.