I have an older whirlpool washer that has a messed up timer and a hot water
valve that wont let the hot water in. Otherwise it still seems to work fine
except we can only use one of the wash cycles. Is it worth the time and
money to fix (about 17 yrs old, had new pump put in about 6 yrs ago) or
should I just look for another washer?
At 17 years, that washer doesn't owe you anything. Timers are pretty expensive
to be putting one in a machine that old. Whirlpool still makes some pretty good
low and mid-range machines that are probably comparable to what you have. I'd
say it's time.
If you are talking about buying a lot of new parts, no it probably
isn't worth it but if you think you can figure out exactly which
contact in the timer is bad (clean/adjust) and you can just put a kit
in that valve (or just clean the crud out) it is worth taking a shot
Worst case is you buy a new one and that is where you are now. You
might be able to get a few more years out of yours. I have a
Kenmore/Whirlpool that was here when I bought the house 23 years ago
and it is still going. I am not sure a new one would work any better.
I only have some agitator dogs and a coupler kit in this one. The
(bad) lid switch is jumpered out. (no kids)
People actually used to fix things but the cost of running a shop and
putting stocked vans on the road pretty much killed that business. The
good news is you can buy parts for these at any Sears or online. That
valve is generic to lots of things.
I wouldn't bet that will be true with a new machine and you aren't
fixing the computer in the new machine with an emory board like that
Like everyone else said, time for a new one. But if you need further
convincing, call a local repair shop and ask what their fee is to even show
up. Double that, at a minimum, for any parts. Then go to Sams or whatever
your local discount place is, and check the prices on washers with the
features you actually use. (Most people only use 2 or 3 different settings.)
I bought the second-from-the-bottom GE last year, and have been quite happy
Are you sure the valve is bad, and not that the input screen is
clogged. I found a machine on the street in Brooklyn that wouldn't
let water in because the screen was clogged. The only other problem
was that the lid switch was bad, and some cosmetic issue.
I only use Permanent Press cycle. Except yesterday for the first time
in more than 10 years..
Is it worth the time and
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