Amazon Review by JSU
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A Strategy for Buying Front Load Washer and Dryers
IF YOU'RE a baby boomer, you probably remember the days when appliances worked for at least 10 years. Appliances that worked for 15-20 years was not uncommon. The "Lonely Maytag Repairman" reflected the time. Then, manufacturing moved to SE Asia, prices plummeted, profits vaporized, and circa the mid-2000's the market went through a consolidation. Amana and Maytag are examples of former American manufacturers that are brand names only. In order to stay in business, appliance mfgs have designed obsolesence, in order to ensure a recurring revenue stream. At the end of the day, you the consumer can only fight back by 1) doing your research and buying the #1 or #2 most reliable appliances, and 2) avoid appliances with high profit margin extra bells and whistles, and buy the "commodity" item which is typically the entry level model or one up.
Consider the following, for this washer, WF42H5200AW:
- First, google “front load washer spider arm”. What you’ll find is that >all< front load washers use/leverage this design and they will ALL suffer a spider arm break, typically within ~2-8 years, depending on “factors”. Factors include whether you use powder (don’t) or liquid HE detergent; how much detergent you use (a couple Tblspns at most, enough to just sud); how heavy/full are your loads; how fast is your spin cycle.
- Second, if you are handy and you think you can fix this washer. You CAN’T. The WF42H5200AW spider arm (aka Assy Flange Shaft) is not available (go ahead and search the internet or call your local appliance repair store). If you’re not handy, you wouldn’t pay to have this fixed anyways because the disassembly process is very involved, and could require a tub bearing and shock replacement. Ergo, except for maybe replacing the control panel or motor pump, the WF42H5200AW is a throw-away commodity item.
- Again, if the WF42H5200AW breaks outside of the warranty, you’re probably buying a new one. So, what to do?
- You might consider buying an extended warranty. Note that a lot of ExtWarranty companies are fly by night operations and the paper might be worthless when you try to exercise it. Make sure that the ExtWarranty includes a replacement policy if the washer can’t be fixed. Remember, if the WF42H5200AW spider arm breaks, it probably can’t be fixed.
- You should probably buy WHITE. That “pretty” color costs more and may not be available in 5 years. Why double your turnover cost and have to buy a new dryer to replace your perfectly working matching “purple” dryer in 5 years.
- You should probably pass on the pedestals. The Samsung pedestal design in 2010 isn’t the same as the 2016 pedestal design. That is the 2016 washer won’t mount on a 2010 pedestal.