Part 2, the washing machine breaking down.

Canada
March 27, 2011 3:31pm CST
6 months ago, the washing machine that we had here broke down. I posted a topic about it, and had hoped for a replacement one. Well, we got one, an old clunker of a Maytag machine, about 20 years old. It was working quite well until a couple of weeks ago. Like the last one, this one stopped working in a similar way. The spin cycle wouldn't work. But it wouldn't drain either. So, my roommate checked the belts and adjusted them, and it seemed to be fine for a while. Today though, the cycle repeats itself, and it decides to quit during the spin cycle. But it allowed 2 loads to be done before doing this. I had no idea what to do about this, so, I found a hand pump on the floor and started draining the water out of the drum. Suddenly it started up again, but the comforter was already outside, and I wasn't going to try to put it back in the washer. It's bad enough that 2 weeks ago, my husband had to almost kill the dryer by putting soaking wet items into the dryer and flooding it. We had to let it dry out before we could use it again. I'm hoping to be able to replace the belts and get the washer working again, I really don't want to have to replace yet another one, the old one is sitting in the back yard, and I don't need a second one out there. I don't know how long it will take to replace the belts, if I can even find replacements, but they definitely need to go, it smelled like they were burning earlier. I'm so sick and tired of washing machines, it's really not funny.
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4 responses
• United States
27 Mar 11
Try not to was that comforter in the machine anymore. When I wash loads with just towels in it my machine will stop. I then have to take the towels and move them around and the machine will work again. now I just wash the comforters in the public washer on the corner. the clothes are just fine to wash. hate the laundry mat but I don't want to break my machine.
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• Canada
27 Mar 11
I'd never had a problem with it before, but the other loads were having problems too. And they were light loads too, so it doesn't make sense, except for the belt problems.
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@GardenGerty (95501)
• Marion, Kansas
27 Mar 11
You need a friend in the business of appliance repair. I have one, and he always knows what is available and what is not and he works well under the standard price, because he is blind. Is someone over loading your washer and causing these problems?
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• Canada
27 Mar 11
I think that was the issue initially, but since we had figured out what the problem was, this wasn't the issue today. I didn't overload the washer, I'm the only one allowed to do laundry now because of that. My roommate knows a lot about these things and he'll fix it once I can find the belts for the washer.
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• Canada
27 Mar 11
AARRGGHH, that sounds absolutely maddening. Reminds me of a joke I read in Reader's Digest years ago. A guy had a problem with his washing machine, and decided to fix it himself. The next day his daughter went to the movies with her friends. Upon arriving home her father asked if she learned anything new. "just a bunch of words that until now I thought were parts of the old washing machine." LOL Kids do pick up what they hear from their parents. haha
• Canada
27 Mar 11
Lol, that is funny.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
28 Mar 11
I get sick and tired of not having a washing machine! We got one in the last apartment I had lived in but we didn't have a dryer so we would wash clothes and hang them on hangers in the closets. Before that, we would go to a laundromat once or twice a month. Just think what life would be like if you had to hand-wash everything because there were no washing machines. People have done it for centuries and it might be better to go back to doing it again. Just a thought.