Home AppliancesInTheRed -- Saturday, August 31, 2002 -- 01:02:13 AM
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Ok. My washer gets stuck on the rinse cycle, and will go forever. It's less than an year old, and still under warranty. I don't want to lose my washer for a week or whatever, is there an easy fix for this? Why is it happening?
You won't lose it for a week. The repair person will come to your house and fix it in an hour. If it's under warranty, especially, don't try to fix it yourself. Call, already.
Jen is right. My brother is in the appliance business. I'll send him over if that will help. Of course, if you don't live in Connecticut, the travel time may be a problem.
I think it sounds like an easy fix, if I can channel my brother's expertise.
I'm considering getting rid of our perfectly good-will-run-forever 15 year old Maytag top loader with one of those new Maytag front loaders that uses far less water and soap. The new machine will run about $1000. Am I insane or will this pay back in a reasonable period of time? We are a family of 5 with 3 teenager/preteen age kids and it seems like there's a mountain of laundry every couple of days. The savings in water used and electricity (to heat the water) and the shorter drying times will supposedly cut water/electricity use significantly. Anybody made the switch? How much did you save?
Yes, yes, please speak up. Our stupid GE overfilled (evidently no way to judge water pressure is a particular hose is clogged) pouring gallons and gallons of water through the second floor of our house Friday. I'm off to buy a new machine tomorrow, but must do rapid research now. Also shopping for a frig and dishwasher, so I'm love to hear the reviews.
We bought a Sears HE3 washer/dryer (high efficiency front loader) last year & have been very happy with them. They are quite capacious, and we had 1 small problem with the dryer, which was quickly fixed by Sears, but since then they've been trouble-free (knock wood). They use a lot less water/power, and be sure to check your local utility for rebates.
That Home Site's Appliances Forum is full of knowledgeable types. I lurked there for a while before we bought our washer & dryer.
I have a Frigidaire front loader and I like it well enough. I am jonesing for the HE3 washer because of the larger capacity but my realtor negotiated for us to keep our washer/dryer when we sold our house (our sellers are keeping theirs but theirs is a top loader so I was glad) so no HE3 for me.
If you decide to go for the front loader, do yourself a favor and find a Sears outlet. You will save hundreds, possibly as much as 50%. The disadvantage is that the outlet does not offer delivery or installation but you will save enough that it will be worth it, even if you have to hire someone for delivery and installation.
I was just at our local Sears outlet and they had tons of HE3s at huge savings. I think they had the Maytags, too, but I'm not sure because I wasn't looking for that model.
Marsie, do you subscribe to Consumer Reports? I need to buy 2 fridges (1 side by side, 1 top freezer), a dishwasher and a range for the new house and CR has been really helpful. I am almost settled on the Kenmore Elite for my side by side but the GE Profile is a close second.
Any recommendations on smoothtop electric ranges? I only do gas myself, but my mother wants electric. I am looking at smoothtops because I have heard they are easier to clean.
My cool new vacuum cleaner isn't inhaling anymore. I figure it choked on something; it isn't anything simple like the bag, is it?
Our smoothtop is easy to clean. Scrape off the worst of spills, and then use the cleaner stuff. Got the Knemore version, which I think is made by GE.
Vaccuum- check the tube thing that connects the intake with the bag. That can become clogged, and prevent sucking. We discovered this because our cheap ass carpet is slowly disintegrating, and the tube was totally clogge by tiny bits of carpet.
I prefer cooking with gas; you get control that you just don't have with electric. With gas, when you lower the flame, the heat reduces immediately. You don't get that with electric. It takes much longer for the element to cool, which can be problematic with candy recipes or eggs or something like that.
Has anyone else purchased a Black and Decker cup-at-a-time coffee maker and had problems with the switch? I purchased one at a garage sale, the push-down switch went bad. I liked the one cup thing so purchased another, that switch went bad. They are sending me a new one but still, at this point I am thinking that switch is fucked up, wonder if they fixed the damn thing.
I have an electric but not a smooth top, I wish I had a smooth top. I like gas burners and an electric oven, personally.
Cat--it's just not sucking. No noises. So I should maybe switch bags?
I don't know what kind of vacuum cleaner you have; I have an upright, and in the middle of the bag there is a dotted line, and the closer the contents get to this dotted line, the less suckage there is going to be. But you don't seem the kind of person who wouldn't think of that sort of thing, so it might be in order to take the head and just kind of dismantle it--take the beater brush and belt off, dump all the pennies and paperclips out of the foreign objects reservoir, and make sure that there isn't a general cloggage somewhere--the combination of pets and humans with luxuriant hair is problematic.
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