Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Washer Dryer

My house was built in the 50s.  The Washer Dryer are a Maytag and an RCA from that era.  Probably 1960s?  Old and worn down look, they still work and they do everything I need them to.  And modern top loaders simply don't work because of envirowienies.  So I want to keep this old skool one as long as I can.

I rarely need to call a service man and have spent less than $300 on doing so in the last 20 years.  Many things I have repaired myself.

Well, the washer wouldn't turn on.  I suspected that little switch on the lid that turns off the works on the Maytag A606.  Easy enough.  Parts are still available, believe it or not. The aggravating thing is getting the panels off, then back together.  Easy, it ain't.  But I was confident. 

In the back of my mind I thought, 'check the plug.  Maybe you bumped it the last time you used the iron.' 

I had all the panels off before I remembered that plug again.  Yup.  It was loose.  The washer?  Works fine.  Or will when I figure out how, again, to get the panels back in place.  Glad I didn't call a service guy just to pay him to plug my washer back in.

I didn't order the parts yet, but I just may in the event they become too scarce to find again.  Time and switch.  Same with the drier. 


Miguel GFZ said...

In my household, the dryer is from the 80s and the washer is "newer" from the 2000s but the last of the old school top loaders.
I have repaired the dryer twice and it is running like a champ. It actually dries clothes!
The washer has been working fine and I hope parts will still be available when it breaks down.

I already warned the missus that if we move, both machines come with us to the new digs.

New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Preach, brother Miguel

JayNola said...

They aren't cheap but they're robust and built like a real washer. Works like one too.

Fred Mallison said...

I had a Maytag like that one. Check the 2 drive belts underneath.

Comrade Misfit said...

I have a Maytag compact (stacked) washer/dryer. The latching piece broke a couple of years ago. It was plastic. And it was not available. A machine shop made a new one for $50.

The belt broke in the washer four years ago. The repairman told me to do everything I can to keep them running, as they don't make them like that anymore.

Comrade Misfit said...

And yes, put together a spare-parts kit.

jon spencer said...

This company has a very good selection of parts at fair prices.