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Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 3:42 pm
by Glacier
I was in the appliance story asking if they'd fix my shot bearings in my washing machine, and they flat out told me that front loaders only last 11 years, so get a new one since it's already like 8 years old. Screw that! I fixed it myself (thank you YouTube videos).

Anyway, when you google these things they will tell you that you should basically be replacing an appliance every year. In my house I have 2 ranges, 2 fridges, 2 freezers, 2 washing machines, 2 driers, etc. That's over 10 appliances, meaning you should be spending $1000/year to be replacing every 10 years, which is complete bunk. What do they mean about them only lasting 10 to 15 years? I mean, I took my washing machine apart, and it was all in perfect condition except for the bearings. I replaced those along with the seal and tub gasket for a total of $70, and think it should be good for another 8 to 10 years. Then I'll do it again for another 8 to 10 years.

Things are built to last as far as I can tell, but people don't have time these days to fix them themselves, so they just buy new. That seems like a crying shame and such a waste. Maybe instead of carbon taxing everyone up the wazoo, they could teach simple appliance repair in schools. That would go farther than a tax at saving the environment, and you'll save money in the process.

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 5:46 pm
by vegas1500
What brand of front loader do you have? How hard was it to pull apart?

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 6:26 pm
by Bsuds
vegas1500 wrote:What brand of front loader do you have? How hard was it to pull apart?


With the right tools you can take anything apart and with Yootoobe you can find instructions on pretty much anything as well.

We have 4 Samsung appliances in the kitchen and have had problems with 3 of them. LG washer and dryer and had a major problem with the washer. Nothing seems to be built to be reliable anymore.

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 14th, 2018, 9:28 pm
by Glacier
vegas1500 wrote:What brand of front loader do you have? How hard was it to pull apart?

It's a Whirlpool. It took me me probably 5 hours or more to take apart. Another 3 to put back together, but now I know what I'm doing, so could probably do it in half the time in the future. Also, the bearing set didn't arrive for a solid week, but thankfully we have two washers. It was a pretty involved process, but I paid $1200 for the thing new so feels like it was worth the effort.

You're probably wondering why the heck we'd have two sets. Well, we bought a place that came with them. It had two hook ups already installed, so we use both (we do a lot of laundry). Both sets have.broken down so glad we have both because it takes me a couple of weeks to get to the repairs. Wives don't exactly cope well with broken appliances and no back-up.

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 12:45 am
by Bpeep
Bearings?
Or bushings?

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 10:14 am
by Glacier
Bpeep wrote:Bearings?
Or bushings?

Bearings. This is how you replace the bearings (it varies slightly from model to model). Bearings plus seal for protecting inner bearing from water damage. These things:

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And now the thing is running with hardly any noise. It was sounding like a jet engine for probably 5 years!

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 15th, 2018, 10:38 am
by vegas1500
Have replaced a lot of bearings in numerous things over the years. Found I could get most bearings, regardless of what they came from, from a good bearing house. Save some cash also.

Re: Appliance Replacements

PostPosted: May 18th, 2018, 11:03 am
by rustled
Glacier wrote:...
You're probably wondering why the heck we'd have two sets. Well, we bought a place that came with them. It had two hook ups already installed, so we use both (we do a lot of laundry). Both sets have.broken down so glad we have both because it takes me a couple of weeks to get to the repairs. Wives don't exactly cope well with broken appliances and no back-up.

"Wives" kind of explains why you'd need two sets of appliances.
:biggrin:
We've always fixed our stuff too. I've noticed over the years some appliances seem intentionally much more difficult to repair, though. Very wasteful.

Watch for the plastic slides (between the front edge of your dryer's drum and the housing) wearing out. When they wear through, the friction and imbalance puts more strain on the bearing.