So you are ready to buy new. But what to buy? After 23 years in the appliance repair field, here are some tips and hints from someone from the “inside” to help you make this all-important decision.
Your washing machine is the workhorse of the home. It is vitally important that you buy the best that you can afford. It is never a good idea to purchase a low-end unit, thinking that you will just replace it when it breaks down. That may not happen for years, but in the interim it may be louder and not perform as well as you would like. It may also have a smaller capacity and fewer features than you might really need.
Our recommendation is unless the unit has been problematic, meaning quite a few repairs over the years or you are just flat-out sick to death of the thing, have it professionally assessed before you toss it. Your budget, the environment, and the county landfill will thank you.
However, if we recommend replacement, you have the very best resource right in front of you for advice on purchasing a new one. We have no monetary gain to steer you to one brand or model or another; we just know what is the best value for your money. We see it day after day. We work directly with the manufacturer of the product. We believe we have the inside scoop on what works best. No knock to the hard-working salesmen out there, but often they have never even see these units in action. They just read the literature provided and attend the sales meetings. They often have no idea if that model is really a winner or not.
The EPA has had a huge hand in the changes in the laundry appliance industry. The drive to conserve water and energy has forced the manufacturers to try some new and some pretty crazy designs. Front-load technology has been very successful. However, the agitator-less models, not so much. Front-load washer technology has also dictated the amount and type of soap you use. Old-fashioned top-load washers which use a ton of water are going the way of the dinosaur. Our number-one pic — the Whirlpool Duet. The reason that is our recommendation is that it is a tried-and-true design for the Whirlpool Corporation. The have made few changes to the model and parts are widely available. If you have other questions or need additional advice, feel free to give us a call. Our advice is always free and we are happy to give it out!
However, if you do buy a new washer, we believe, and Consumer Reports concurs, that you forgo purchasing the extended warranty. (Read our blog post for more information on extended warranties here on our website). The sales people will push really hard to sell it — they pocket up to 50% of that sales price — and statistically, you will probably never use it (according to Consumer Reports, 80% of consumers never use it or forget they own one).
We, at Cody’s, believe that you can have many, many good years with your appliances, and we will be there for you to make that happen. But when you are ready to replace, we are there for you too. Give us a call today and we will fill you in on the details.
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