kybearfuzz: (Lion Paw Ouch)
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So yesterday, I was in the middle of my chest and back workout. I had started a load of laundry, which is in the washroom next to my family room where the workouts occur. Between reps, I stepped in there to check on the load and heard the sound of trickling water.

I looked behind the machine to find water pooling. I lifted the lid to the washer and heard the sound of a stream on metal. Honestly, it sounded like my washing machine was taking a whiz. I let the machine finish the rinse cycle then turned off the water to the washing machine.

Back in 1996, I bought the Hotpoint washer and dryer from Best Buy. That was over 20 years ago and this is literally the first problem I've had with either one. While I'm elated at the longevity I've had with these units, I'm irritated that I have a new problem to deal with, especially with having just dealt with the flooding issue in the lower level. I checked on some Kenmore units at Kroger after dinner last night just in case and then posted on FB about my quandry, which pulled mixed responses from the peanut gallery.

Some encouraged me to get the unit fixed because they feel that new washing machines are not as reliable or work as well, while others commented that newer models are more efficient, saving electricity and water, and remarked that 20 years is an impressive amount of work to get out of my machines.

After much consideration, I decided to have it repaired if possible. I hate buying new things in desperation mode, so this will buy me some time. And a trip or two to a coin laundry won't kill me if I can't.

Date: 2017-05-23 09:34 pm (UTC)
notmypresident: (Bossy Bear GIMME)
From: [personal profile] notmypresident
I hate buying new things in desperation mode

That's a wise approach generally, but I personally would have urged you to buy a new machine. Although I'm slightly predisposed to always wanting something Shiny! and New!, pouring money into a 20-year old piece of equipment feels like an never-ending money pit. If you could find a good maintenance agreement for a new washer, then I think the scales would be tipped in favor of purchasing anew.
Edited Date: 2017-05-24 06:41 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-05-23 10:41 pm (UTC)
rickps: (Fairy Godmother)
From: [personal profile] rickps
Just my $0.02 (which is just about worthless these days)...

20 years of totally reliable service is pretty darn great. If it's just a hose or something equally simple and cheap, it might be worth doing. But overall I tend to lean towards not throwing good money after bad. You'll be paying for a service call, repair parts, and no warranty on the rest of the machine.


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