Unexpected Expenses

A couple of weeks before we left for our honeymoon, Alison came running up the stairs, "Something's wrong with the washing machine"!

It sounded like someone had thrown a hammer in the tumbler and then started the machine. Thinking that it might just have come unbalanced, we tried everything from restarting it, to unplugging it, to kicking it. (Okay, maybe we didn't actually kick it... But we wanted to!)

Our washer and dryer came with the house when we bought it so it really isn't that old. Our house was built in 2003, so it's now only 6 years old and it's a Maytag. Geez, my grandma had her washer and dryer for over 20 years. I know it's cliche, but they don't build them like they used to. I took the washer apart and found that the motor was blown. So we found a new one from a parts supplier. I changed old motor for the new one and started it up. Then there's this awful smell coming from the new motor. Accompanying that smell was smoke. After quickly shutting it off and searching around it seemed that the pump had got jammed and that caused the motor to over work and then lead it to burn out. So I removed the jam and then hooked it all back up....

No luck! The awful hammering noise was still there. While we were on our honeymoon, Justin's mom agreed to come to the house and have a repair man inspect it. Exactly two minutes after he arrived, the verdict was in. "I wouldn't pay to fix this." Great! $100 to come to the house and tell me I need a new one.

So we were on the lookout for a new washer and dryer. On the recommendation of Alison's dad, we went to Home Depot. This was good since we had received a generous gift card for our wedding. It seemed that every brand only had a 1 year parts and labor warranty. So we really didn't see the logic in paying more for a new Maytag, since that's what broke down.

It's a pair of LG front loaders. The factory was trying to clear this model out in order to release the new models. The washer is driven with a "direct drive", meaning that there are no belts to replace. The "direct drive" system actually comes with a 10 year warranty. They're not Corvette RED like my sister's but they are a heck of a lot better than what we had.

Alison did the first couple loads in it last night! Ahhhh nice and quiet!

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1 comment:

krink said...

Well they not Corvette Red, but they're still nice! Isn't it funny how something as domestic as a new washer and dryer can get you excited? I love doing laundry in mine. Well... maybe I don't "love" doing laundry, but I don't mind it as much as I used to, that's for sure.