Is Your Washer Agitating?

United States
February 11, 2017 9:36am CST
My washer was here when I moved in. I was happy not to have to bring mine (when I moved in 51/2 years ago) because it was the age of my youngest son (who is now 31). But I have no idea how old this washer is. It has chugged away merrily for all this time, but the other day it filled itself up and washed the clothes as always and then stopped. It didn't drain. I looked it up and the repair was beyond me (probably the drain plugged or a belt was off the little drain motor requiring me to lift it up and work from the bottom) so I called in an appliance repair guy. In preparation I took everything out of the laundry room that could be moved so he would have plenty of room to work in. I bailed all the water out of the machine and wrung out the clothing. I vacuumed behind and around the machines...and the living room and hall...just because. Anyway, he came and diagnosed the problem in a minute. He pushed a little button underneath the top and it drained out the rest of the water I couldn't get out (bailing for an hour apparently wasn't necessary). It was only the switch at the top that needed fixing. He mentioned the agitator wasn't working well. He remarked I probably noticed my clothes weren't getting very clean. Well,l I hadn't noticed as I'm not one for rolling in the mud, but I had noticed it didn't seem to agitate all that well. He put in a new agitator or fixed it or something but I was astounded at how vigorous it was agitating the clothes. They also were noticeably cleaner when I took them out of the dryer. (I was blaming well water for dullness and buying new). I'm now rewashing all my clothes. I guess you need to pay attention to this stuff. I hope it hasn't been half working for very long. Heavens! This isn't going to curtail any shopping though. New clothes are too fun.
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11 responses
• United States
11 Feb 17
I guess I should pay more attention to how my washing machine is working. As long as my clothes are wet when it's done I figure the washer has done it's job and my clothes are clean. I'm certainly on the same page as you...we always can use some new clothes!
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• United States
12 Feb 17
I know, I just wasn't paying any attention to action, just that it completed it's cycle.
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
11 Feb 17
I'm glad it was a simple repair. Agitators can get clothing really clean if they work properly. Before I moved back here to Phoenix for my granddaughter, my ex bought me a new washer and dryer. Being the tech junkie that he is, he bought me a washer without an agitator that was energy efficient and said to clean clothes well. Bless his heart, he thought he was getting me the best there is but don't get a washer like this! In the rental I have now it provided an agitator washer and our clothes are noticeably cleaner than with the non-agitating washer.
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• United States
11 Feb 17
Yes, I started thinking it probably left soap in the clothing or something.
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@paigea (22484)
• Canada
11 Feb 17
My washer isn't agitating. lol. It is a front loader and it doesn't agitate.
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
11 Feb 17
I must have been through three washing machines due to the same problem. Glad you got yours fixed. I love buying new clothes.
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• United States
12 Feb 17
None of the three could be fixed? You had to replace them???? Arghhh! I'm more lucky than I thought!
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@Gillygirl (17361)
• Sutton, England
12 Feb 17
@Jeanniemaries Yes but I should have said over a period of 34 years.
@PatZAnthony (12970)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
19 Feb 17
Yes, b/c you are not working in mud (isn't that good?) your clothes would certainly seem clean.
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• United States
20 Feb 17
Yes, sandy maybe....haha
@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
12 Feb 17
I know you are pleased that it was a simple fix.
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• United States
12 Feb 17
I had visions of buying a new one since I have no idea how old this one is. If it breaks again, anytime soon then I will have to look at doing just that.
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@JudyEv (134864)
• Bunbury, Australia
11 Feb 17
I love the title. Made me laugh. And great that it is a small thing that went wrong. With these modern machines it would be something in the computer part and you'd have to buy a new one.
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• United States
12 Feb 17
You are so right. You can get a dishonest repair man too who might overcharge. This one came highly recommended and I was very satisfied.
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@1creekgirl (11934)
• United States
11 Feb 17
Glad you got that agitating washer agitating again. And you're right, shopping can be so much fun.
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• United States
12 Feb 17
Only thrift shopping is fun. All other shopping is a pain, but I like having the stuff afterwards!
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@amadeo (73013)
• United States
11 Feb 17
Mine always it.Oh!wait I do not have one.What do I know
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• United States
12 Feb 17
hahahaha! I had horrors of having to haul my laundry to a laundromat!! I really dislike putting all those quarters in.
@LadyDuck (175927)
• Switzerland
12 Feb 17
I have a modern front loader, they do not agitate, they rotate.
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@Corbin5 (115758)
• United States
11 Feb 17
It is so amazing for me to watch someone who really knows fix something around here. Yep, you will have the cleanest clothes in town!!!
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