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R.I.P. Dear Washer

February 18th, 2010 at 08:09 pm

My washer finally died. It's been a lingering death the last few months, but I kept hoping it would make it through until Spring. Nope. So, I shopped some washers and dryers today. I am definitely getting a dryer also. The dryer has been the problem child of the pair for years. This pair is about 6 years old. The appliance store clerk gasped when I told her it was only 6 years old, Its not the age, its the mileage! I do 5 or 6 loads of laundry, 5 or 6 days a week. That pair has given its all. So anyway, they had a pair exactly like the ones I have, for just about the same price I paid 6 years ago? Funny! $799 one year warranty, delivered, installed, haul away the old ones. Then for $999 they had a pair with a ten year warranty, 3 years on parts and labor, also delivered etc. Whats the big difference for $200? I called my appliance guy to get his take, he hasn't called me back yet. The washer died in mid cycle last night, lots of loud grinding, a few bangs, and a really hot smell. Dead as a doornail. I unplugged it. Then I somewhat reluctantly made my way down to the basement, washed off the old wringer washer, and finished the laundry. I have Grannys old wringer washer, and it works fine. I am still drying towels, but other than that, I can wait a few days to decide what to do about a new pair. Thank you Lord for the emergency fund!

5 Responses to “R.I.P. Dear Washer”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    If I'm not mistaken there will be government rebates available on appliances beginning March 1. I don't know the details or if you can wait that long...but worth checking into.

  2. fern Says:

    My washer and dryer are going into their 15th year of service, but admittedly, i only do about 2 loads every other week. I did have to repair the washer once in that time. They're both Whirlpool. i would love to get a more energy-efficent washer (electric dryers are all about the same i guess) but they're SO expensive.

  3. thriftorama Says:

    Sorry it didn't make it til spring, but it does sound like it had a good run.

  4. Jerry Says:

    That was a good, long run. We just lost our washer in the home that we rent out, which could normally lead to lot of stress - but we had a spare (used, but in good condition) out in the garage. What a relief! We are currently living in SE Europe, and almost nobody here has dryers... that is what I really miss. If something needs to be washed, there is no insurance that it will be ready to wear in under 24-48 hours, especially in the winter!
    Jerry

  5. D Says:

    This is the reason I want my emergency fund to be at 2000 and not 1000. We do tons of washing and we bought the cheapest set at lowes over 7 years ago. I just figure mine are on their last leg Smile..but the above dude is right..be sure and look into the tax rebate!

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