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Washing Machine [Jul. 31st, 2007|11:39 am]
Douglas Spencer
Back at the end of April, my tumble drier died and had to be replaced. I tried to work out how old it was and I couldn't -- more than fifteen years, certainly.

Now my washing machine is dead. It was purchased on October 5th 2001. It had a new drum assembly, motor drip shield and belt on April 15th 2004, under warranty. The warranty expired on October 4th 2006. I've had the lid off, and it's not anything obvious -- none of the pipes are blocked, the drum goes round and the water comes in and goes out ... but it panics and goes into running-slowly mode when it tries to spin and the clothes, as well as still being wet, don't get clean. It doesn't complain about an unbalanced load, it just fails to clean and fails to spin.

Looks like I'm going shopping, then. *sigh*

[User Picture]From: watervole
2007-07-31 11:52 am (UTC)
Why not get a plumber to look at it? Has to be cheaper than buying a new one. It may just need new brushes or something like that.

I had a new pump installed in mine last year and it's as good as new now.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2007-07-31 01:08 pm (UTC)
It feels like an electronic fault, not an electrical one -- the motor spins quite happily so it's not brushes, the water is pumped away successfully so it's not the pump and the water goes in okay too so there aren't any blockages. There aren't any leaks either. It actually decides to run slowly. It starts to spin and then says "oh shit" and slows right down with the fault light on. It's not an unbalanced load because it does it when I spin with the machine empty, and it's not the tilt sensor because it does it only at the very start of the spin portion of the cycle and never earlier... so it's a broken brain/logic/cpu, I think. Cost of the new brain would be an appreciable proportion of the cost of the new machine I've just collected, and would be available only at the far end of a four-week wait, and would leave me with a machine that's still out of warranty.
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[User Picture]From: lucas_t_bear
2007-07-31 04:33 pm (UTC)
This is one of the reasons I have a little man. ;-)

My machine is 17 years old and - like some other teenagers - it doesn't have a brain. If anything breaks, it's mechanical and fixable. Admittedly I'm going through a phase where a lot of things are wearing out at once (new brushes and a belt this year) but he thinks there's still a few years left in it yet (before the drum casing finally corrodes and I'm forced to get a new one). If I had my druthers I'd keep it going as long as he could source the spare parts.

Ironically I won't be able to buy the replacement from his firm much as I might want to - he's the only person in the business insured to deliver/move new machines and I live up two flights of stairs...go figure.
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