||Motor bearing (or bushing?) got noisy about 4 months ago and was replaced
||under warranty. It's doing it again and another new motor (made in China)
||is on the way. This dishwasher is only 10 months old, not only do I expect
||better utility from the thing, I'm pissed because I just sprung for the 3
||year extended warranty ($140) and I never buy extended warranties. The
||repair guy said he wouldn't know what to buy nowadays as it's all crap.
|| Brian, in Cedar
There's a good thread on this just today on dfw.forsale.
I found the below item interesting:
We had to replace our washer and I was so furious after having both a
Kenmore and Whirlpool top loader because of transmission problems, oil
leaking, the same part breaking every few months, etc. So, I went on the
hunt for something better. I had heard many good things about front
loaders, but the good European ones can be small (water conservation is big
in Europe) and they can also be quite expensive. I looked at the American
front loaders such as Whirlpool and Maytag, but as one other posting noted,
there has been some problems - front door gasket leaks, mold in the gaskets,
failing electronics, etc.
So, I then called around to all the "mom and pop" appliance stores and asked
them what they would buy today if they needed to replace their own washing
machine. We discussed front and top loaders. And after many discussions
with different places, quite a few recommended "Fisher&Paykel".
If you're like me, you are now probably saying "Huh??" But check them out.
Fisher&Paykel is an Australian company. I had never heard of them, but they
are gaining a good reputation here in the states. They are also very big on
water conservation, and what they have done is taken the best ideas of the
front loaders and incorpated it into a top loader. These machines are
amazing. They are direct drive meaning there are no belts, transmission,
etc., which also means less moving parts and less things to break. And
because it's a top loader, it has a huge capacity. We wash our King size
comforter in ours.
Instead of filling the tub full of water, it automatically weighs the
clothes and decides how much water to "cycle" through the clothes. It does
agitate the clothes but with less water. It insteads also "pumps" the soap
and water through the clothes at the beginning of the wash allowing the soap
enzymes to do their thing. When it's done with all the washing, it does
like a front loader and spins the water out at 1000rpm+ speeds. Therefore,
your clothes are extremely drier than a conventional top loader.
So, you end up using less water, less soap, and less drying time in your
dryer. They have a great reputation and are reliable. And they are not
outrageously expensive. We bought ours in Allen at Rodenbaugh's a few years
ago. They are family owned - friendly, honest people. I want to say it was
in the $500-$600 price range.
Texas Parts Guy