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post #1 of 13 Old 10-20-2019, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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Our washing machine (clothes washer) quit earlier this summer. It was a Maytag, 3000 series front-loader. We had it for 10 years, which apparently is considered a long time for these things nowadays.

Anyway, the main bearing wore out (also a very common problem as it turns out), and the machine wasn't worth saving. They don't sell the bearing as a separate part, they want you to buy the entire tub assembly (if not obsolete). There are aftermarket companies selling bearing and seal kits, but after looking at the other parts that would need to be replaced (shock absorbers, oring, etc.) we decided that 10 years was a good run. Plus, the entire machine needs to be disassembled to get the tub out.

Anyway, we bought a new Maytag to replace the old one. This is a model MHW6630HW, seems to have many features that our old one did, with a larger capacity (4.8 cuft).

The dryer (also a Maytag, 5000 series and slightly newer) is still going strong, so we aren't replacing that.

Anyway, spent most of the morning cleaning up the laundry area in the basement, and took the time to clean out the dryer vent tube with my Lint Eater. Wow, I can't believe how much lint came out of the dryer and tube! If you don't have one of these, buy one!


We've done 5 loads so far, new machine seems to work pretty well. And, the full cycle time of this washer is 20 minutes shorter than the old machine!

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Hose screens if dirty can lengthen wash cycles considerably. Cleaning then not only cut down on cycle time but also insures that shutoff valves still work.
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post #3 of 13 Old 10-21-2019, 07:18 AM
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You need a drill holster so you don't have to bend over all the time to put down and pick up your drill, says a guy with a bad back. I like the lint eater, and from the looks of it you have enough campfire starter (lint) to last you for years.

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That's a good point, but ours were spotless. We did get new hoses with this washer.

That washer just always ran long, from the day it was new. Would always add time as the cycle ran.

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My wife and I had a old Maytag that ran for well over 20 years and the transmission puked out of it and the cost of the transmission was more then what we paid for the machine new. If I known what I know now I had a new transmission installed and kept running with the old Maytag.

We got a Samsung built Maytag front loader OMG what a disaster that thing was. We had more service calls on that thing then any appliance ever and it had 5 control boards and numerous other problems. After Maytag sold out and the 4 year extended warranty expired the 5 control board fried exactly the same as the other control boards. Seems back then Maytag forgot to specify a humidity guard or fan for the control board. My wife was totally frustrated with that machine and wanted a top loader again.

That is when we discovered that only one company makes a old fashioned top loader and that was Speed Queen. We went to the nearest dealer and bought one. Domestic tranquillity had settled in and the machine does four loads a week without a hitch except for a wash rag slip past the top seal and fell to the bottom of the machine. I take out four screws lift the top and extract one soiled wash rag. The new modern gee whiz bang front loaders can be bought by others as the Speed Queen here rules washing cloths.

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I'll have to look for a Lint Eater, I'm sure my line is ready. FWIW, I recently replaced a diverter/aerator valve on our 34 year old Maytag Washing Machine. It was a $5 part online before shipping, and a $20 part at a local appliance store. We had just come home from vacation with two bags of dirty laundry and my executive domestic operations chief authorized the double price (after an $8.95 shipping fee) for the local one. There is no doubt this Maytag pair of washer and dryer are on borrowed time. I've fixed and replaced several less expensive parts over the years, but one major issue and we'll be in the market. We've heard all the stories of modern washer/dryer design and manufacture compromises - so I guess we shouldn't expect a next washer/dryer to perform as well. In fact, I'll probably just replace my vent line with the dryer replacement. Good luck with the new Washer.

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Thanks Jere.

I'd replace my dryer tube, but I remember how much of a nightmare my FIL had getting this one in place. Because of the way the house builder installed the vent opening (relative to an adjacent floor joist), there's no choice bit to use a flexible tube (I'd prefer solid).

I've been considering installing a straight pipe up from the elbow behind the dryer, so I can move the dryer in and out more easily for cleaning. I think that I would make it tall enough to extend beyond the top of the dryer, then connect that to a shorter length of flex pipe. That would minimize the contorting of myself trying to remove and re-tighten that clamp down at the elbow (back of the dryer, near the floor).

Anyway, Lowe's carries the Lint Eater. A great investment for anyone with a dryer.

Next time I clean the dryer, I'll try to remember to use two shop vacs, one to blow into the filter opening, and the other to suck the debris out of the exhaust port. The design of this dryer makes it very difficult to clean the filter area, even with the long brushes designed for the purpose. The brush breaks up what it can reach, but it's difficult to lift out of the hole.

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Just turn the dryer on next time you clean the vent no reason to use the second vac. You many want to use the air dry cycle, just the fan and no heat.
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That might work. I could also just put a second hose on the exhaust of the one vac. Really seems like it needs some pressure to push this stuff out, it's very sticky.

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Good luck with your new purchase.
We are about due for a new dryer. It is getting very noisy and figure the rollers are probably on their way out. Not sure if it is worth fixing or replacing.

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I hook up my electric leaf blower to the vent at the dryer end it clears it out quite well
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From experience, if you're going to blow it out from the filter, make sure the dryer is running or the blower will blow some lint back into the tumbler.

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Good luck with your new purchase.
We are about due for a new dryer. It is getting very noisy and figure the rollers are probably on their way out. Not sure if it is worth fixing or replacing.
If its just front rollers they are not hard to replace at all and usually are not that expensive on old machines. Some of the newer ones not so much fun, but electronics on them usually go first anyway.
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