repair or replace?
A very dull question for a Saturday afternoon.
The washing machine has just had some sort of spasm - it made a horrendous noise, then shorted out the electrics. Now it won't come on and the door is locked with the clothes stuck inside. It was second hand when we got it, so several years old.
Is it worth trying to have it repaired or should we just get a new one?
I don't really want to spend a lot on an old machine... But can't really afford a new one. And second hand is always a gamble...
Whatever I say is going to put the kaibosh on mine which I have had for close to 20 years ....I say give it lots of praise and kisses
I think that's the first time I've ever seen someone suck up to a washing machine. Kudos
I've kissed it. It's still dead...
I think you should get it fixed, they are pretty simple things really, a drum, a drive, a motor and and a control box. any of them can be unbolted and replaced.
And the older the better too, I think newer machines are very flimsy.
Why would you buy a second hand one when they are so cheap to buy?
and why not mend something that can be mended ?? There was a discussion on R2 in the week about 'throw away culture' ..... Interesting debate
You can't throw a washing machine very far though.
Depends what works out the most economical, short term and long term.
I work on the principle that poor people cannot afford to buy rubbish. It has to be quality to last.
A former boss of mine who had more money than was good for him always bought items that were basically low quality cheap junk. That's because he was a cheap skate.
If the items fell to bits, no problem, get another. They were cheap.
Spent lots more money in the long run but that's short term thinking for you.
Good post Peter.
Yes, some research and effort can yield satisfying results.
We should realise that the 'experts' that we 'call out' in haste are charging us for our ignorance as much as any service they provide.
My first call was Google to try and work out what the problem is, but I was discouraged from any sort of attempt at fixing it myself... And so we phoned a repair man.
My instinct is to repair, but I'd want to cap the repair budget. If the repair is going to cost the same as a new one then it just doesn't make sense to invest in a worn out machine. Unfortunately it does all come down to finances!
Where do you find new seconds?
That's sensible Bookie.
I've only had my washing machine since 2009 and it is complete crap. It has had three repairs already. Because it's always been dodgy I've kept it on extended warranty, so I've never had to pay for a repair but that will become uneconomical if I renew it again so it's basically getting it's last chance.
I think it's horrific that it will mean buying a new one after about only 5 years but I'm sick of the bloody thing.
If you have to get a new one, don't buy Hotpoint!
And thanks for the tip about the Miele Peter, I'd certainly consider that or a Bosch next time.
depends on what local guys you have.we have a mature guy around here that charges £20 for call out and that included his first hours work........he can usually fix things in that hour.......
the more basic the machine the easier it is to fix.....any with expensive circuit boards need specialist codes etc.......so buy basic ......
the last time he came out he tried but couldn't fix it for less that £150 so thought we would be better off getting new...only paid 200 for the new one......so a good call....
mine does get used a hell of a lot as there are 5 of us and a hell of a lot of kit getting washed each week in a ddition to normal washing
See if you can fix it. Bosch are ok at cheaper end. Avoid Hotpoint. Personally, we're replacing everything with Miele. Yes it's expensive, but it will last 20 years and they're often guaranteed for 10. In the long run, it's the cheapest option.
My neighbour has one of those. It nearly shakes itself to bits on the spin cycle.
I have a Bosch which on full spin is quiet and clearly fully balanced. no wonder they last. The lack of vibration must add years to its life.
Next time you're chatting over fence, suggest he levels up the adjustable feet, that might help?
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