We just bought a new Maytag High Efficiency washing machine.
So far, we've only done about 8 loads and it seems to do a very good
job. It is scary to watch though. Have you seen one of these things
operate? It has a glass lid so you can watch the entire process.
You set the cycle, push start and it locks the lid and goes.
Water comes in from the center top. Then it flows thought the
detergent cup. The water stops, then the drum spins at a medium
speed. Then it slows and water flows in again, this time from a spray
that shoots the water onto the clothes lining the drum. Then it comes
in from two sources.
Finally filled, it starts to agitate while pumping water at times.
Then it goes into rinse cycles with more water flowing from various
places but this time it also flows through the fabric softener cup if
selected. At one point, it directs water through the bleach, the
detergent, then the softener cups.
It spins, it stops, it reveres , it spins again. It is more
interesting to watch than 90% of what is on TV and has an instrument
panel with about the same number of LEDs as a 787 Dreamliner.
The scary part is all those strange functions and valves sequencing.
How long before a breakdown? I just don't see it as reliable as the
machines of the past. I'm sure there is at least one good sized
circuit board and a bunch of solenoids and sensors. It determines the
amount of clothes and then add the appropriate amount of water
I've always been dead set against extended warranties, but $150 for
five additional years may be cheap. I'll have to think about it.