Sunday, November 20, 2011

Laundry machine mangled

Here's the filter of our laundry machine, a GE front loader only five years' old. Those stringy shreds are plastic swarf from the guts of the machine. The inner basket became out-of-round somehow, and tore these shreds off the tub.

To the point where not only did it make a horrible noise and have to be shut down, but the tub became perforated by the wear in several places.

I off course stripped it down completely to inspect the damage, and then priced the parts online. The half-tub section we needed was $160, the stainless steel basket $545.

We went to Home Depot and bought a new model, slightly larger and stronger, on sale for $499.

But we went for the extended warranty this time.

Now I have our garden cart loaded with laundry machine parts. I have to waste them. They look brand new. I may try to sell them online.

Low dollar, though.

Hopefully someone can afford to fix their machine, that way.


  1. Wow. I am so sorry to see this mess you folks faced. I hope you were spared water damage in your home. Absolutely un-called for... considering the high dollar you paid, originally, for a product by a corporation claiming to be so top-of-the-line.

  2. It is a bit of a bummer. We don't necessarily expect the new GE machine to last much longer than the five-year extended warranty, either. But the old one sat on a very soft floor (Laminate, with 1/8 foam underneath, on 28 foot, 100 year old pine log joists), and had to handle a lot of heavy dog blankets and farm overalls, so I'm not sure it was all GE's fault. We're stiffening up the floor with plywood, and have upgraded the capacity by over ten percent. Hopefully that's enough to keep the new basket from bending. If not, we'll have to stop buying front loaders, and get a heavy duty top-loader instead.


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