Just in case anyone hasn't heard yet, Sears seems to be running a
special on major appliance repair that is offered to some people when
you speak to a live person. For a flat rate, you get up to 500 in
repairs, regardless of what happened to the machine, and the policy
covers the machine for a year after that. And if the repair is over
500, they give you a 500 credit toward a new machine if you don't want
to pay the overage. You really can't lose.