From: WoolyGooly on
The washer has died, the repair is more than half the cost of a new
equivalent-model washer. I'm pitching for a new HE washer as well as
a new dryer on the theory that a new dryer is probably more
energy-efficient and will in the long run help reduce the gas bill.

Any recommendations from folks who have been appliance shopping of
late?
From: Dennis on
On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:21:54 -0500, WoolyGooly <boogers(a)lots.of.snot>
wrote:

>The washer has died, the repair is more than half the cost of a new
>equivalent-model washer. I'm pitching for a new HE washer as well as
>a new dryer on the theory that a new dryer is probably more
>energy-efficient and will in the long run help reduce the gas bill.
>
>Any recommendations from folks who have been appliance shopping of
>late?

It's been a couple years for me, but when I was shopping, I found that
most of the energy-saving emphasis seems to be put on washers, not
dryers. A moisture-sensor feature helps some, but the biggest savings
comes from having a washer that spins more of the water out of the
clothes, shortening drying times.

Dennis (evil)
--
The honest man is the one who realizes that he cannot
consume more, in his lifetime, than he produces.
From: WoolyGooly on
On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 09:38:35 -0700, Dennis <dgw80(a)hotmail.com> wrote:

>
>It's been a couple years for me, but when I was shopping, I found that
>most of the energy-saving emphasis seems to be put on washers, not
>dryers. A moisture-sensor feature helps some, but the biggest savings
>comes from having a washer that spins more of the water out of the
>clothes, shortening drying times.

That's what I'm finding as well. The mixed "demo" load the Sears
salescreature ran for me in the Oasis (lust lust) consisted of a dozen
towels, half a dozen pairs of jeans and a set of queen sheets. Not a
load I'd run myself, but I was pretty impressed with the relative
dryness of the stuff coming out of the washer. The matching dryer
finished the load in about 30 minutes, also impressive considering my
~20yo dryer takes nearly an hour to dry 8 pairs of adult jeans.

I'm having a hard time convincing DH we need to spend $1500 on a w/d
though...The cost/benefit analysis doesn't predict a payoff for 10+
years at current energy rates :\
From: Roger Shoaf on
What exactly is wrong with the washer, and what brand is it?

--
Roger Shoaf
If you are not part of the solution, you are not dissolved in the solvent.


"WoolyGooly" <boogers(a)lots.of.snot> wrote in message
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> The washer has died, the repair is more than half the cost of a new
> equivalent-model washer. I'm pitching for a new HE washer as well as
> a new dryer on the theory that a new dryer is probably more
> energy-efficient and will in the long run help reduce the gas bill.
>
> Any recommendations from folks who have been appliance shopping of
> late?


From: WoolyGooly on
On Thu, 15 Mar 2007 10:16:27 -0700, "Roger Shoaf"
<shoaf(a)nospamsyix.com> wrote:

>What exactly is wrong with the washer, and what brand is it?

My mechanic (aka husband) says the gearbox has siezed and is
unrepairable. A replacement gearbox is about $175 with tax and
shipping (because of course Sears doesn't actually stock parts for
sale, one must order parts and pay not only local sales tax but also
shipping, bleh).

Today I'm scavenging the motor and timer box for future science
project possibilities, the rest of the machine is going to the scrap
yard.

I gave brief consideration to fitting in a propane burner of some
sort, lining the drum with fine steel mesh, and making myself one hell
of a coffee roaster...