Well this appliance had been
running for 14 years before it let me know one day that it
needed repairs by issuing a loud metalic grinding noise and
then throwing its drive belt. My spouse and I decided, 'we're
just going to go out and purchase a new clothes washer', and
we almost did. We found a Kenmore Whirlpool something-or-other
for twice what we paid for the Maytag, back at the, ah...
turn-of-the-century. That would be the year 2000 for you Millennials.
But then salesperson let it slip that the planned obsolescence
for these new machines was about 6 to 7 years. Neither one
of us could say anything as we shot quick glances at each
other. So we gave excuses walked around for a moment and left
the dying department store washing machine showroom.
I called a couple of repair services the next
day, but each one wanted about $80 just to look at the appliance.
"You can use the $80 dollars towards the repair work
if you decide go ahead with it," I was informed. One
repair service said it like they were doing me a favor and
giving me the $80 to pay them with. "Oh, but that's only
if the parts are still available"... Oh Boy! Here I go
down another path and how far do I have to go on it?
Surprisingly, after searching the internet
for only a few minutes, I found every nut, bolt, screw, drive
belt, gasket and bearing to fix our beloved Maytag Neptune.
Oh My Goodness Gracious Golly, and to make it even more irresistable,
the part-company’s website had videos on how to do all the
repairs for myself. It really was so easy! Remove and replace
two tub bearings and seals, a new bellow, drive belt, a few
screws back in place and Viola! We spent less than $200 for
a machine that will last 3 times longer than a new one, for
a quarter of the cost of a repairman, and almost less than
a seventh the cost of a new one.
Now I know the wise advice is that we 'use
professionals to save ourselves time and nuisance with things
we're not experts at', but the difference between spending
$1500 or spending $200 for something better is not Rocket-Surgery,
it’s Brain-Science. Well Ok, we had to run to the local Laundromat
a couple of times while waiting for parts and a day to fix
it myself, but it was well worth it. Our Maytag is running
as smooth as the day we bought her.
Maytag Neptune is a Trademark of Maytag
Neptune, but the artwork was done by Warren.