A few years (maybe 5) back I replaced the bearings and seal in our
Kenmore front-loading washer, but now it's getting noisy again. (I
bought the bearings on eBay, and they may not have been of the highest
I'm willing to tackle another replacement job, but SWMBO is leaning
pretty hard about getting a new washer. Apart from the cost of new
washer itself, my other concern is that we have the dryer stacked on top
of the washer, and to have unstacked appliances would take a fair amount
of reconfiguration of the available space.
So my question is: what are the chances of finding a new front-loading
washer on which the old dryer can be stacked?
I'm not sure I understand the complete constraints...
If the question is: "Do they still make stackable washers/dryers
(which is not the same as an *integrated* up-and-down washer-dryer)?"
the answer is "yes". We looked into buying the "stacking kit" for
ours (Samsung) but decided it would be too tall to be useful.
My impression (in our particular case) was that the "kit" was intended
to allow *this* dryer to e stacked on *this* washer -- i.e., not
"some generic dryer" on this washer (or, "some generic washer").
OK, let's try again: is an old <brand X> dryer likely to be able to
stack on a new <brand X> washer of the same width?
IOW, I don't want to have to buy a new dryer as well as a new washer.
I asked at Home Depot (not that we would necessarily buy there), and the
response was: "Maybe, but our delivery/installation people would not be
allowed to try -- for liability concerns."
On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 10:29:17 AM UTC-4, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
1 - Call "Brand X" Customer Service and ask. Have your dryer model ready
and, if possible, the model number of the washer(s) you are interested in.
2 - Stop by an independent appliance dealer, perhaps the store you might
actually buy the washer from, and ask them. I won't broad brush all
appliance/snow blower/cabinet staff at the borgs by saying that they don't
know what they are talking about, but I will say that they are restricted
by what they are allowed to suggest due to the very issue you mentioned:
3 - If you can't find 2 units that are meant to stack as a pair, build (or
hire someone to build) a rack to hold/support the dryer above the washer.
A wooden example, which could certainly be fancier if aesthetics matter:
A metal stack rack from GE:
A real DIY solution, if aesthetics are not an issue:
On 10/29/2015 10:29 AM, Percival P. Cassidy wrote:
I'd go to the brand's web site and see if there is a way to contact them
and ask. Alternatively, I'd go to the old timey type appliance store
and ask. You may get lucky and fine a 75 year old service guy that knows
You'd have to check with the particular <brand X> and <model X> for sure.
Models change over time. OTOH, you will be able to find some <brand Y>
washer and dryer that will stack.
My gut feel for your use of "likely" is "no".
Understandable. However, I think you may end up fixing the "old" if you
want to avoid buying a "new".
Universal stacking kit
Might be better to make your own platform.
On Wed, 28 Oct 2015 23:36:00 -0400, "Percival P. Cassidy"
Not the question you asked but you already have the bearings. It will
take you 1/3 the time to put them in compared to last time. Put them
in and worry about the problem in a few years.
Tell your wife I said so.
With the money you save, buy her a turquoise necklace. (I'm just
guessing about turquoise.)
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