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Appliance upgrades - Fireplace insert or new washer dryer?

We have a small budget ($4k) for home improvements. Please help me choose which would be better in terms of bang for my buck and energy efficiency. [more inside]
posted by mokeydraws on Nov 3, 2016 - 14 answers

How to remove a stuck wash plate from LG WT5001CW Washer?

I followed this Youtube video to the letter. Once that little bolt comes out of the center the wash plate is supposed to lift right off. This one doesn't. I have tried to pry it off, I gave it a gentle whack with a rubber mallet... nope. I have closely examined it and there are no other screws or bolts. Anyone have experience removing one of these?
posted by brownrd on Oct 16, 2016 - 2 answers

New Washing Machine Won't Fit Up Stairs. Now What?

NewHomeownerFilter: Old washer broke. New one won't fit up our tight stairs, but the second-floor balcony has a door that's more than wide enough to accommodate it. Is there some kind of professional who could hook us up with a pulley or a hydraulic lift to get the new washer into the second floor from the outside? Or is that crazy talk? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Sep 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Water supply for a washer

Can you help me with some DIY questions about installing a washing machine without a hookup? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 9 answers

What is the sludge draining out of my washing machine?

What is the sludge draining out of my front-loading washing machine? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Apr 1, 2016 - 17 answers

Wash before wear?

Settle a debate between me and my wife. She insists EVERY new article of clothing must be washed before wearing. T-Shirts. Underwear. Socks. All washed first. Even bed-sheets and towels (a not-yet-used comforter started this debate.) I say brand new out of package is as clean as can be. Who's right?
posted by arniec on Mar 25, 2016 - 70 answers

repaired washing machine worked, then didn't

My gf's Kenmore 80 series top-load washing machine wouldn't spin or agitate, though it did (and does) drain. I replaced the motor coupler, which was obviously broken, and the machine worked fine for 3 cycles then stopped agitating & spinning. [more inside]
posted by generalist on Feb 28, 2016 - 3 answers

How to seal Frigidaire washer tub drain hose, when there's no clamp?

I can't figure out how to fix the leak where the drain hose attaches to the tub. It doesn't have a hose clamp like all of the instructions I can find online. More inside... [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Jan 10, 2016 - 7 answers

Front load washing machine: spin extraction problem

After a year of normal functioning, my washing machine's spin cycle is not extracting properly -- but ONLY with flannel sheets. They go through the spin cycle, but the water doesn't extract. The wash drum has no puddle. Just the flannel sheets are soaking wet. Other types of fabrics come out normal, with excess water extracted. Towels, jeans, percale sheets come out normal. Small flannel pillowcases come out normal. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Nov 6, 2015 - 11 answers

That should have been a wash.

This evening, while I was reading a terrible Victorian novel, both my washer (electric) and dryer (also electric) began behaving oddly. The washer made it through the first cycle, then died at rinse. I could restart it, but it would go a couple of minutes and then, again, stop working at rinse. I then discovered that my dryer would make vague "I'm turning on" noises, but not remain on unless the button was held in (and even then, it would make noise but not do anything). [more inside]
posted by thomas j wise on Aug 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Do You Love Your Washing Machine?

Our 15 year old Maytag Performa is on life support. The brake assembly is failing, and getting at it to replace it looks like more of a project than I want to take on. Especially since I just replaced the pump in the thing. We don't need anything fancy. A basic top loader will work fine. Has anybody bought one in the last few years that they are generally happy with?
posted by COD on Apr 15, 2015 - 14 answers

questions about my samsung washing machine

have two quick questions that I can't really figure out how to google:
  • my samsung washing machine has four spin settings: high, medium, low, no spin. It's possible to select none of these settings - what happens when that happens? does it default to something? no spin? something else?
  • what happens if the washer is set to spin-only and then no-spin is selected? Does it just do nothing? The washing machine display shows an 2 minute estimate for doing that and I'm curious what exactly happens. does it drain the washer?

  • posted by and they trembled before her fury on Jan 6, 2015 - 4 answers

    Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

    I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
    posted by Susan PG on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

    Hammer Arresters and HE Washing Machine

    I have a high efficiency washing machine that shakes our pipes loudly when it takes its incessant micro-sips of water. Does anyone have experience adding hammer arresters like these to their washers? [more inside]
    posted by Admiral Haddock on Dec 17, 2014 - 5 answers

    Portable clothing washer/dryer suggestions?

    Moving into an apartment with no laundry; landlord has OK'd getting a portable washer / dryer unit. What should we consider? [more inside]
    posted by pseudostrabismus on Dec 14, 2014 - 10 answers

    Please help me make peace with my high efficiency washer.

    I recently moved into an eco-friendly apartment building, and my unit has this high-efficiency Whirlpool washer. I foolishly did not consider how having this type of washer would impact my lifestyle- namely, that there is no way it can accommodate my full-size comforter. I really do not want to drive down to the laundromat every time I have to wash my comforter. If you have a HE washer, how to do work around this issue? Are there thinner, more heat-insulating comforters out there? [more inside]
    posted by invisible ink on Jun 11, 2014 - 13 answers

    Enough with the wrinkles

    I moved to a new place with in-unit washer and dryer a few months ago. Since I started using those machines, my button-down casual and dress shirts come out of the laundry extremely wrinkled. Jeans also end up wrinkled enough that they usually require ironing. I've almost never had to iron clothes in the past. Now I spend quite a bit of time ironing everything, and it's especially difficult and time-consuming because the wrinkles are so severe. How can I stop this from happening? Ideally I want to go back to those blissful days of not ironing at all. A few pertinent facts inside. [more inside]
    posted by naju on Jun 10, 2014 - 24 answers

    Old Kenmore washer/dryer - help find manual or specs?

    My Kenmore washer/dryer combo is model no 110 99575100. It's so old that I can't find the specs, or a manual, either from Sears or Google. Can the hive mind help? [more inside]
    posted by quinoa on May 24, 2014 - 3 answers

    Should I return this pressure washer?

    I purchased this pressure washer a little over a week ago and although I've gauged my water flow rate to be over 4.5 GPM (this requires 2 GPM), I keep getting pulsing/variable action from the motor when using a high pressure setting on the spray wand even after trying all troubleshooting steps listed in the manual (see below). Should I be calling the return hotline ASAP? [more inside]
    posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Apr 25, 2014 - 2 answers

    Laundering Knits

    I have just finished knitting a bunch of synthetic yarn scarves and I need to wash them. The difficulty is that our washing machine doesn't have a delicate cycle. It has temperature settings, load size settings, and then two sections - "whites - regular" or "casual - pulsed" - the whites section has 4 settings from heavy to extra light, and the casual section has 3 settings from heavy to light. I'm putting the scarves into individual pillowcases to keep them from getting wrapped up on the agitator post and stretched around. I already know all about how to lay them to dry, just unsure what washer setting to use.
    posted by radiopaste on Mar 5, 2014 - 9 answers

    Help me keep things clean and dry

    For reasons, I have to pull a stackable washer/dryer set out of the closet it's installed in, and I have to do it by myself. I want to learn from your mistakes. [more inside]
    posted by davejay on Feb 13, 2014 - 7 answers

    Home Laundromat!

    I would like to buy a used washer/dryer and thought I'd pick your collective brains. I've been in apartments with coin op laundry for so long the thought of buying a washer/dryer is daunting. I looked on craigslist and there are scads and scads of washers and dryers and the prices run from stoopid cheap to stoopid expensive. [more inside]
    posted by ian1977 on Nov 20, 2013 - 18 answers

    Washer/Dryer Scratch Repair Recommendations?

    Best solution for touching up appliances? [more inside]
    posted by cccp47 on Aug 19, 2013 - 1 answer

    What is wrong with the washer?

    We have a 9-year-old front-loading Kenmore washing machine that has for the last month been giving off a musty/moldy smell. We've tried everything we can think of, cannot make it go away and cannot identify the source. What's going on and what should we do? [more inside]
    posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 23, 2013 - 17 answers

    Washing Machine repair: Can a mere mortal change a door gasket?

    Do I dare try replacing the door gasket on my frontload washing machine? Photo of damaged gasket. It's not supposed to look like a ruffle. It's supposed to be smooth. The damaged occurred when I was washing a duvet cover and sheets. The load became very unbalanced and the machine leapt and jumped. Has anyone ordered the part and done a successful DIY repair? Or should I pay a service tech? The machine is a Maytag MHWE200XW00. It looks like we could get the gasket shipped for about $120.
    posted by valannc on Jun 10, 2013 - 12 answers

    Is there a strategy for buying major appliances?

    Looking for some advice for buying a refrigerator, washer, and dryer for the first time. [more inside]
    posted by massofintuition on May 24, 2013 - 39 answers

    Why are my clothes still soaking?

    My washing machine (a top-loading Maytag Centennial similar to this one, about 3-5 years old, I'd guess) sporadically leaves clothes dripping wet after the whole cycle's done. Other times, it works perfectly and spins the load to a much more reasonable level of dampness. [more inside]
    posted by wolfnote on Mar 25, 2013 - 9 answers

    Need recommendations -Washer/Dryer

    Washer and Dryer recommendations needed [more inside]
    posted by pakora1 on Dec 11, 2012 - 16 answers

    Can we mismatch a stacked washer/dryer?

    Our washer & dryer are a stacked set of Frigidaire Gallery front-loading machines. The washing machine, which is 10 years old, just gave up the ghost. We'd like to replace it, but they don't currently sell a Frigidaire model that is designed to be stacked with our Frigidaire dryer (which is only 3 years old, and working just fine). I can't seem to find an appliance store that will sell us a different brand of washing machine, because they say it's not safe to stack mismatched units. Is there any way we can do this safely, so we don't have to replace a perfectly good (and expensive!) dryer just to replace the washing machine? [more inside]
    posted by ericbop on Dec 5, 2012 - 16 answers

    Best Combo Washer/Dryer?

    What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
    posted by jacob on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 answers

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Wash

    Long wash times and wet clothes with a Samsung front-loading washing machine -- please help! [more inside]
    posted by vorfeed on Mar 26, 2012 - 17 answers

    will a smoker's washer/dryer make my clothes smell?

    Should I buy a washer/dryer from someone who smokes? [more inside]
    posted by rebent on Mar 17, 2012 - 8 answers

    Help me find EGGSactly what I need!

    Small Scale Egg washing solutions for a small coop worth of eggs. (~24 Hens) [more inside]
    posted by PlutoniumX on Mar 6, 2012 - 6 answers

    Mystery clothes wash settings on Candy Eclypsa washing machine

    Help me decode the clothes washing settings on the washing machine in my new flat. [more inside]
    posted by Put the kettle on on Nov 2, 2011 - 3 answers

    Rent or buy the water?

    I need to clean my deck which was pressure washed about 5-7 years ago. I want to paint it afterwards and am wondering which option to take for the cleaning. Rent or own? [more inside]
    posted by shaarog on Jul 27, 2011 - 9 answers

    mystery metal object with rubber bands

    What's the object in this picture? It's an angled piece of metal with hooks at both ends, and two rubber bands connecting the hooks with a metal washer. It was found at a vacation rental property after vacationers checked out.
    posted by germdisco on Jul 11, 2011 - 7 answers

    Have you stacked your washer/dryer?

    Thinking through pros and cons of stacking our washer and dryer. [more inside]
    posted by Sweetie Darling on Mar 29, 2011 - 21 answers


    I'm tired, I'm sick, I was trying to do a load of clothes before I went to sleep, but my washing machine had other ideas...it agitates fine but won't spin. What do I do??? [more inside]
    posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies on Mar 15, 2011 - 19 answers

    Do we need professional help, or can we solve this with pizza and beer?

    Mrs Monkey and I are moving across town sometime this month. We're okay with moving the carload stuff ourselves, and we'll pay off some friends to help us shift the furniture in and out of a uhaul for us, but how should we move the giant chest freezer and the washer/dryer set? [more inside]
    posted by FlyingMonkey on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

    Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space

    Seeking a stacking compact washer/dryer set for a very shallow space. [more inside]
    posted by Jacqueline on Jan 31, 2011 - 5 answers

    Washing Machine-2, Me-0

    I replaced the water level pressure switch on my GE top loading washing machine (whdsr209daww) - but I didn't fix the problem. What now? [more inside]
    posted by mrs. taters on Oct 4, 2010 - 1 answer

    Why did the front loading washing machine destroy my pants?

    I just moved to Europe from the US and used a front loading washing machine. Both pairs of pants in the last load now have tears along the sides of the back pockets. Argh! What am I doing wrong, so I can fix it for my next load? What else is essential information for front loading washing machines? Anything I can do to salvage the pants? [more inside]
    posted by Peter Petridish on Aug 14, 2010 - 19 answers

    Go with the flow.

    I'm looking to control the flow to the hot/cold water inputs into my washer, with a twist. [more inside]
    posted by aflores on Jul 17, 2010 - 6 answers

    That's what I get for 50 bucks, eh?

    Help me identify the settings on my new (used/old) washing machine. Please? [more inside]
    posted by lizjohn on Jul 11, 2010 - 14 answers

    How do I adjust water pressure for our washer

    We hooked up a clothes washer in our new condo, but my wife remembers the original home inspection indicating that the water pressure was too high for the washer, and that we would need to adjust it first before first using it. [more inside]
    posted by SpacemanStix on Jul 1, 2010 - 10 answers

    Install a washer in the Basement of Dr.Caligari!

    I am trying to set up a washing machine in our basement. The washing machine we have uses a 120v plug. However, there is only one 120v outlet in the basement and it is pretty far away from the water hookups. Help me find a solution! [more inside]
    posted by charred husk on Jun 28, 2010 - 10 answers

    Laundry should smell nicer after it's washed.

    My front-loading washing machine smells bad, and makes my clothes smell bad. It smells mildew-y or like a sour dishcloth, and has imparted sour dishcloth smell to my favorite black (i.e., can't be bleached) pants. [more inside]
    posted by theora55 on Jun 27, 2010 - 29 answers

    Does my landlord owe me for a washer install gone bad?

    My landlord installed a washer in my apartment...incorrectly. Now I have ruined clothing, do I have a right to ask for compensation? [more inside]
    posted by There's No I In Meme on Mar 2, 2010 - 13 answers

    Putting washer and dryer criss cross from connections.

    Is it okay to place a washer and dry opposite of where the connections are (The dryer is electric)? [more inside]
    posted by dolemite01 on Feb 20, 2010 - 4 answers

    Head is on spin-cycle when it comes to finding a new washer and dryer

    Washer and dryer shopping has me completely overwhelmed. I need guidance to see through the soapsuds. [more inside]
    posted by banannafish on Jan 29, 2010 - 21 answers

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