Wednesday, September 23, 2020

21 years later

 It seems the blowing mechanism in our clothes dryer has failed at a very inconvenient time when all electrical retail outlets are closed. It is 22 years old and so that is not too bad, although we have replaced a belt and the door hinge. It is still useable but cuts outs as it overheats. I found that by putting it on the warm setting it will keep going. I finish off drying towels in the dryer along with drying socks and jocks and bedding. I expect in normal times we may go to the spare parts place in Murrumbeena and fix it ourselves, but truth be told and lock down aside, we are getting a bit old to taking down clothes dryers from walls, taking them apart and repairing them. 

Our washing machine is 15 years old, probably past its service life too, although there is nothing wrong with it.

The clothes dryer is back vented to the outside and trying to replace it for like for like is impossible. It has its own wall mounted supports and we could never find similar. I believe now that heating element rotating dryers don't blow out dust and lint as they used to.

So what we want is a stackable front loading set of washing machine with a short cycle as our clothes don't get very dirty a and clothes dryer to sit on top. Recommendations? 

20 comments:

  1. I had never machines repaired ! It costs more then a new one ! I had to buy a new dryer and washing machine for the apartment and I took a machines which washes and drys all in one shot ! So I didn't need to machines which is very nice and space consuming. It's not bigger then a normal washing machine. You can wash 7 kgs with it. I am very content !

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  2. Good luck. I will watch reader's recommendations with interest.
    Our washer and dryer are both old and when one of them dies I want to go down the combination path too. My bank balance hopes that it isn't in the near future though. Various insurance payments (and rates) have been expensive in recent weeks.

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  3. Well a few years back all our appliances except our dryer went. It was our 16 year die off. All were brand new when we built and moved in. The dryer is down to one cycle. But it still works. A new one will be pricey as it is heated by propane and will need to be installed by a licensed plumber. I do dread that day. But I fear it is coming upon us.
    BTW: My friend and her husband had their two little ones tested for Covid. Both the 1 year old and 3 year old have it!

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    1. Heated by propane??? what type of dryer is that? I've never heard of it before.

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    2. Sorry to hear of the two little ones having Covid.

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  4. The condo came with a Maytag stack, it will need to be replaced sometime

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  5. We are still living with the washer and dryer that came with our purchase. I would guess they are at least 15 years old. They are stackable, extra large. The problem with the front load washer (as opposed to top load) is the smell. It always smells musty.

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    1. Is it possible the taps supplying the water are leaking and there is water under the machine? That would cause a musty smell. The machine itself shouldn't smell musty.

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    2. Are you closing the door between washes? That is what tends to result in musty smells. The door must always be left ajar so the machine can air. :)

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  6. A plain old length of string between two trees here. No electricity needed, and very few parts to fix!

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  7. If you get a stacker set, it should come with a proper divider that sits on top of the washing machine and had a slight edge so the dryer sits securely inside that. You don't want the dry sliding off the washer if the washer moves a bit from an uneven load or whatever.
    If you are willing to spend the $$$, go for Bosch, Miele or Asko and get the new style "heat pump" dryer as I've heard they are the best.
    @ Jackie McGuiness above me here, my front load washer is 22 years old and has NEVER smelled musty. Run a hot wash load with just water (no clothes, no soap) and a couple of cups of white vinegar, see if that helps. And clean the lint catchment filter.

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  8. Or go with Gattina's recommendation, a machine which washes and dries. If I remember correctly, that would be a Bosch.

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  9. You got 15 years out of a Fisher and Paykel? Did you ever have to replace the electronics panel? If not, buy a lotto ticket. You'd be maybe the only person in Australia in that situation.

    I highly recommend the Miele - we have the washer and condenser dryer. They are not cheap but they last a very long time. :)

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  10. Thanks all for you advice and experiences. Snoskred, not this washing machine but with our last F&P washer the panel went wrong, as did my mother's.

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  11. 21 years, it's done well!
    Both our dishwasher and our oven which are about 10 years old stopped working at the same time a couple of weeks ago. Luckily Jose managed to get parts and fix them. Hope nothing else breaks down as the appliances were all installed at the same time when we renovated our house.

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  12. The old dryer has done a good job.
    Used to have what you wish to get, was ok but often found something else to put in the washing machine after the door was closed and couldn't get it open because it was washing.
    Bending down was a nuisance also and now I'm older I'm pleased I've got a top load washing machine and dryer on another shelf I can reach...

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    1. Margaret, most these days do allow you to open the door mid cycle.

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  13. Well it did you proud that old clothes dryer Andrew. I can't offer advice as I have never had one myself, nor a dishwasher either. You'll have to let us know what you decide to do ✨

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  14. Your dryer has lasted a long time. I could never do without one. Good luck finding a suitable stackable washer dryer combination.

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  15. I live in an apartment building, so I use their washer and dryer, not that THOSE always work.

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