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May 25, 2018

Let us now praise Maytag


The other day, sifting through a kitchen drawer where I keep my appliance manuals and whatnot, I happened on those for my Maytag washer and dryer (above).

I was gobsmacked when I looked at the purchase receipt: it was from August 16, 1986 (below).


32 years? These machines have done what they're supposed to do without ever needing service for thirty-two years?

How is that possible?'

Tell you one thing: there is NO washer/dryer for sale today that will still be functioning at all — much less properly and without a service call — in 2050.

You can take that to the bank.

May 25, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


Don't jinx it, Joe.

I had a repairman in to deal with something I dropped in my oven innards and he turned around and saw my Maytag washer. He said, "NEVER get rid of that washer" Then he asked me how old it is.

It was in the house I bought 18 years ago and who knows how long they had it. Looks just like yours!

Posted by: Charlotte Keys | May 25, 2018 12:49:28 PM

You can still get washers and dryers without crazy computerized boards that do 96 functions when you use maybe "hot / cold", "normal / delicate"...and dryers that do "time / moisture level".

I had one that was from early '90s until recently. My drier required changing the belt twice...easy fix. Pop off 4 screws and throw a new one on. It recently needed a $50 heating element...which will eventually go bad on anyones. In the end, I found a newish dryer from a neighbor for $30 and it did the trick for cheaper. Turns out, it uses the same heating element and if the computer control ever dies on it, I'm removing one and throwing it on the old old machine that is now a folding surface in my basement.

Anyhoo...just get the simplest thing you can. Same applies for the dishwasher. The things that go bad are almost always the computerized parts so find one that doesn't have them. The cheaper stuff lasts longer.

Posted by: clifyt | May 25, 2018 11:29:59 AM

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