I am referring, of course, to washing machines. I have had my beautiful Kenmore Energy Star front-loading washing machine for what, I don't know, about 6 years now. I've (stupidly) had it serviced twice, to the tune of at least $300.00. I actually got a discount from my repairman because he's a nice guy and a client of mine.
Now, apparently, the bearings are going out. When the machine hits the 'spin' cycle, it sounds something like what all the artillery fire must have sounded like during the storming of the beaches at Normandy. It feels like the machine is trying to jolt my house off of its foundation.
Am I just being dramatic? Not really. I think my husband likes to wash the clothes at midnight just to drive the point home that we indeed need a new washing machine. But with Christmas coming up and business picking up, I just don't have the time to deal with this right now. I mean, aren't appliances supposed to last longer than 6 years???
I asked my aerospace engineer-turned-appliance repairman this question. His answer? "Most front-loaders are no good. They encounter many maintenance problems that front loading machines don't have that require a professional to repair." He went on to suggest that the next time I buy a washing machine, that I simply buy a normal, run of the mill top loading machine. Maybe I'll even break down and buy an extended warranty this time.
Which is just what I'm going to do. It would be nice if my next machine would last until my son hits college in 12 years. By then, hopefully we won't be doing so much laundry. Is that too much to ask?
For more info on just why front-loading machines are the devil's spawn, check out Wiki on washing machines: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washing_machine