If you thought consumer front loaders were expensive, be prepared for a severe
shock when you see what commercial front loaders go for.
You should know that top loaders now have the same energy and water use
restrictions that front loaders do, so by definition, you will be hard pressed
to find one that cleans as well as a front loader...
That reminds me of a story. I once helped someone troubleshoot a severe
vibration problem with their new front-loading washer. The vibration was
so bad that the machine literally walked! After examining the machine
and reading the installation instructions, I realized that the drum of
the washing machine was supported by a suspension system, which was
supposed to isolate the washing machine housing from vibrations of the
moving parts inside. The suspension system was immobilized at the
factory with braces, which needed to be removed during installation,
presumably to protect the machine during shipping. It turned out that
the installer had neglected to remove those braces. The machine worked
normally after the braces were removed.
If you still have the machine, you may want to have it checked to see if
you have the same problem.
(I'm not recommending, one way or the other, that you check the machine
yourself, especially if it involves opening up the machine and reaching
into the electrical/mechanical parts inside. If you decide to do it,
make sure that you unplug the power before you do anything. Exercise
caution and common sense. And beware of the potential for injuries.
Don't do it if you're not mechanically inclined or if you don't feel up
to the job.)
I've been mostly happy with my front-loading LG over the last four years
or so, averaging around 10 loads a week. (Family of five, twins were
still in diapers when we got it, older sister is now a teenager....)
It did have one serious failure, a capacitor failed on a circuit board
that should have taken five minutes to replace if it had been stocked in
firstname.lastname@example.org is Joshua Putnam
My parents Maytag Neptune front loader is 10 years old. Had only 1 repair
plus the free mold elimination upgrade in those 10 years.
I have a 5 year old Whirlpool built Kenmore. No repairs so far.
Both front loaders.
I have a front loader purchased in 1996. It has worked flawlessly. It
was maufactured by a US company. But today I would buy European version.
I suspect you should have addressed the vibration initially.
I bought an LG front loader in Europe when I lived there two
years ago. I liked
it so much that I brought it back with me. It is 250V and I
had to get two wires
from a dryer close by and a ground from a different 120V
outlet. It has operated
flawlessly and I have noticed several times that it will
start to vibrate when it begins
to spin. Then it slows down, sprays in some water and will
rotate slowly for a
minute or two and then take off to its max speed.
I paid about $400 for it and I have noticed since that front
loader prices seem to be
much higher here in the U.S.
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