My next project is your drill press' twin. ;-) The CFO approves, so in a
couple of weeks...
I'm still working on my shop in the garage attic. At the rate I'm going it'll
be another year (I'll miss this insulation season). :-(
I believe in repairing things if not too costly. Bought new a Whirlpool
washer in 1961 and a Whirlpool dryer in 1967. Did minor repairs on both and
in 1997 gave them both to a son. He is still using them. He has replaced the
pump and belt. Think how much it would have cost if we replaced those items
when ever they had a problem. Also the newer Chinese crap won't last half as
Got a Maytag washer and dryer in 1979 that replaced the ones that the
movers mangled. Since then I've replaced a belt, a couple of hoses, a
timer, and a fan. And they still work as well as they ever did. I
don't see any point in replacing them.
I have actually worked on dishwashers and with a similar problem. It could
also be the water pump making that noise, it basically run when the motor
A dish washer is not terribly hard to work on if you pull it out and tip it
over so you can get to the bottom where the motor is. I replace our first
dishwasher water pump/and motor with it setting in place under the counter.
My sister bought a KitchenAid and it did not last as long as yours, 15 years
ago. My wife and I bought a KitchenAid about 5 years ago and returned it to
Sears shortly after purchase, it was a $1000+ unit and it did not clean.
Prior to getting the Kitchen Aid we had a Lady Kenmore, manufactured by
Whirlpool. It still ran great after 14 years however the baskets were
beginning to rust and stain the dishes. Both baskets replacement cost was
around $400 and we decided to put that into a new unit.
After returning the KitchenAid we went back to the Kenmore Elite built by
Whirlpool. We are the type of people that don't wash the dishes before
putting them into the dishwasher. We remove bones and seeds.
We just bought a new home and traded the unused GE dishwasher for a
Whirlpool Gold series. We are very pleased with the unit and expect at
least 14 years of use. I still prefer the Kenmore version of the Whirlpool,
it has larger utensil baskets. Sears would not take a trade in.
Kitchen Aid is also made by Whirlpool. I'm on my third KA in 45 years. #1
was still working when we moved, #2 was good for over 20 years, #3 is still
humming along perfectly. Considering how well they wash dishes, I'd not
consider another brand. Yours evidently had a defect of some sort.
Funny, when I was looking at dishwashers online the other day, I ruled
out the Bosch one, despite it's high ratings, because I had never heard
of Bosch mentioned in the context of dishwashers before. Of course, I
have never frequented such conversations. The verdict is still out
here. We still have a working, albeit loud, machine (which probably
needs a new water inlet (solenoid) valve)...
I currently have a Bosch, it's so quite I have opened it up during a run
cycle. I forgot to look for the red light on the floor.
It has been a great dishwasher.
I think the only unit still made in America is Hotpoint. Most everything
else is outside the US.
Funny how each company makes a dishwasher for the other companies.
Seems like they manage it on production line, not manufacturer.
On 2/8/2011 6:45 PM, Bill wrote:
Bosch is a very well known brand. We didn't go that way because they don't
use a food grinder so you have to clean the strainer/filter. Yuck. We bought
an Electrolux instead. It's almost silent. So far (two years) we're
extremely happy with it. We've slowly been replacing the contractor specials
with Electrolux appliances (microwave Sunday and the range, perhaps in the
Spring, will finish the project off).
Interesting tidbit - when we were buying appliances 3 years ago,
whirlpool washer was made in Germany (as well as some models in
Mexico) and the only fully AMERICAN built machine was --- you guessed
it - the BOSCH.
Electrolux bought Frigidaire that was a part of the Edison Electric and
White Consolidated Industries group. They have plants in many countries
but I long ago lost track of what is made where. Many large appliances
were made in the US though. They moved air conditioners to Mexico at one
point and they were built with compressors from China. They also build a
half dozen brands at each plant.
I had the same problem a couple of years ago. It was a 2 year
old one. The warranty on labor was over; the warranty on parts was
still in effect. The story was that I could call their representative
to come and diagnose the probelm($65). The he would order the parts
(free) and come to install them ($65). So much for the warranty!
For $130 I had to look.
I found the problem. The seal between the impeller and the
motor had leaked - destroying the bearing on the motor. I had the
bearing replaced for $70 and replaced the impeller ($20). But, now I
can do it myself the next time! By the way, the motor and impeller
were made in - u guessed it - China.
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