Our washing machine has been going on the fritz again. We were beyond lucky that we got the previous homeowner to include the washer and dryer in the sale, but they’re both older Whirlpool models — if I had to guess, the washer is about 20 years old and the dryer around 10-15 years old.
Every now and then, the washer does this thing where it won’t spin out all of the water after the rinse cycle. I’ve checked to see if there was a clog in the drain pipe, but that hasn’t been a problem. I’m not overloading the machine, either. I’m going to chalk it up to old age.
Whirlpool is a pretty good manufacturer, as far as appliances go — our fridge is also a Whirlpool, and it hasn’t given us any trouble at all (::knock wood::).
But we’re going to have to think about buying a new washing machine if this one finally bites the dust. And in true Rainy-Day Saver fashion, I would want to get the best deal out there. There are some brand-name products at bargain-basement prices out there if you know where to look.
I tend to favor Sears, since it’s a popular store in our area with a lot of history behind it, and the salespeople tend to be friendlier than those at other places. They usually have great deals at Sears Outlet centers — and I know there’s one near Mr. Saver’s office. Sometimes they run promotions where you can get floor models pretty cheap, so we’ll have to think about that when the time comes.
But I’m going to hope that our Whirlpool washer and dryer hold up for a few more years. I’m not ready to put out money for new appliances yet!