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Offline Joelm

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #30 on: May 03, 2022, 03:41 PM »
We've been very happy with our Miele appliances so far.

In our last house we had a Miele dishwasher, washer and heat pump dryer. The washer and dryer were smaller than typical NA models but all that meant was smaller loads. No big deal.

What was a big deal was switching to a heat pump dryer. What a huge difference in the electricity bill! In the old house we had an electric consumption meter so I could see how many Kw an appliance was using. Our old dryer from from the previous owners used 6Kw to dry clothes. When we bought the Miele heat pump dryer it showed that we only used 1Kw to dry out clothes! Plus it did not need to vent outside.

Offline afish

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #31 on: May 03, 2022, 03:54 PM »
I had a GE washing machine and it failed after 6 years.  I called in the GE service (which I think was actually LG) and the mechanic said it did not pay to repair it. 

I was amazed.   My parents' washing machine lasted 25 or more years. 

The mechanic said that 6 - 7 years was about average. 

With that in mind, I bought the cheapest one I could find about 6 years ago (about $500.00).  It is still working.  But if they are designed to fail in 6 years, then cheap makes sense.

I had horrible luck with GE appliances we bought a GE fridge and had nothing but issues.  Several service trips in the first year for some type of internal fan that made it sound like It was about to try and launch into space. Then the ice dispenser electronics failed. door shelf was falling apart and it has a mystery leak from under the fridge.  The Fridge is less than 3 years old.  IT IS THE LAST GE APPLIANCE I EVER BUY.  I would be shocked if GE owns LG

Offline tsmi243

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #32 on: May 03, 2022, 05:55 PM »
GE and LG are not related.

GE Appliances WAS bought out by Haier a few years back.  But what I've heard is that Haier has mostly left the products alone, so they're still the same GE platforms as before.  Which were never great. 

Offline afish

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #33 on: May 03, 2022, 05:59 PM »
Ok, Glad to hear that.  Packard had me questioning things for a second.  I love our LG W/D but GE can go $#%^ it.

Offline Mini Me

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #34 on: May 03, 2022, 11:02 PM »
I feel sorry for you Americans — top loaders are the worst. Over here in Europe they are almost obsolete

The same in Australia, top loaders use way too much water and we don't have a huge supply of that stuff.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #35 on: May 04, 2022, 12:16 AM »
I feel sorry for you Americans — top loaders are the worst. Over here in Europe they are almost obsolete. \

Despite this discussion, top loaders are also mostly obsolete in the US. Just visit a large appliance store and they will have 15 front loaders on display but only 2 or 3 top loaders. We haven't owned a top loader in over 30 years.

The last top loader we owned was a Maytag which was fantastic...and then they sold the company.

Offline Cheese

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Re: Washing Machines
« Reply #36 on: May 04, 2022, 01:14 AM »
So speaking about water hammer...I've installed about a dozen of the Sioux MiniRester valves near the problem areas. They really work well and I'd recommend them for a simple solution. I installed them with Shark Bite fittings...easy peasy.

https://www.siouxchief.com/products/supply/arresters-and-trap-primers/arresters/minirester

Years ago when they plumbed a house, they'd install a 2 1/2" vertical pipe in the system that was about 4'-5' tall and this became the arrestor that prevented water hammer because it provided an air cushion. Unfortunately, after a couple of years the vertical air chamber slowly filled with water and it then no longer served as an arrestor. It needed to be drained every couple of years to perform its service. Well this became a PITA for most people and here we are today.

In the last several years, I installed several outside hose timer valves on the hose faucets and they also have extremely quick acting shut off valves. Unfortunately, they have produced severe water hammer whenever they were turned off by the timer. The good news is that the installation of the Sioux MiniRestor has resolved these issues.