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A List of the Best Washers and Dryers? Parts Vendors
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Post# 959580   9/28/2017 at 10:31 by pumpkina (California)        

I've seen individual recommendations for and against particular brands and models on posts.

But I haven't found a list of the best (and worst) models. Anyone have a link or can create such a list that also explains what makes them great?

Also, there was a great link to

for timer repair and replacement. What are other websites that offer hard to find or otherwise expensive parts? I'm particularly interested in electronic control boards.

Thank you

Post# 959687 , Reply# 1   9/28/2017 at 18:05 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Lots of different opinions.

Post# 959702 , Reply# 2   9/28/2017 at 18:54 by pumpkina (California)        

I'm all ears! What are your favorites, goatfarmer?

Post# 959727 , Reply# 3   9/28/2017 at 19:25 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Are you trying to start something?

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As a relatively new member, a word in your shell like ears; there have been more than a few *ahem* spirited debates over "best" or "worst" washing machines/dryers. It is all in the archives and easily searchable.

It's like making roux or corn bread; everyone has their favourite and will fight to death in order to defend. *LOL*

Pick one, Maytag, Norge, Frigidaire, AEG, etc..., and you'll find contained in archives some rather lively debates.

Live and let live, that's what I say.

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Post# 959733 , Reply# 4   9/28/2017 at 20:06 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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Post# 959735 , Reply# 5   9/28/2017 at 20:33 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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Maybe we could all TRY to direct these newcomers to search the archives and everything has been hashed out before. Sometimes it works and sometimes it never will.

Post# 959757 , Reply# 6   9/29/2017 at 00:04 by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
L dear, your diplomatic skills are second to none . . .

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However, I think only upgraded members can access the Super Searchalator, but alas, this assumes they possess the self-motivation to do so.

Post# 959761 , Reply# 7   9/29/2017 at 00:57 by pumpkina (California)        


Post# 959765 , Reply# 8   9/29/2017 at 01:41 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Just to be clear,

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Was not picking on the OP, just wanted to offer some friendly advice.

Post# 959768 , Reply# 9   9/29/2017 at 02:58 by Mrsalvo (New Braunfels Texas)        

Wonderful advice Laundress. Thank you.

Post# 959771 , Reply# 10   9/29/2017 at 04:21 by pumpkina (California)        

Thanks. I'm reviewing the archives and am learning a lot. I haven't found anything yet about arcane websites for parts. Any leads?

Post# 959786 , Reply# 11   9/29/2017 at 07:18 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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thanks Launderess, lets hope its sinks can always catch more bees with honey...

one may also acquire more responses from filling in their profile....

what your searching may not have ever been posted before......

using the suggested searching techniques in the Search-A-Lator can be of help as well.....

when I joined, it took me weeks, if not months, to go through all the archives and photos, youtube vids, collections, etc.....and that was only 3 forums at the look at us, well over double the forums, and members......

best advice, keep searching, if not here, other sites as well.....but always the chance you will never find your answer...and that's with anything....

Post# 959789 , Reply# 12   9/29/2017 at 07:45 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Aside from persons coming here to advise/list parts they want to sell (see Shoppers Square archives), there have been a few discussions on parts.

There was Modern Parts House,Parma, Ohio for a start. However the very knowledgeable owner Larry Ullmo, passed on a few years ago. IIRC his wife and children took over the business. IIRC however the store went through a "cleaning out" with many things simply thrown away.

Again you'll have to search the archives which can be tricky and exhausting since "Parts" alone will bring pages of hits. However over the years there have been several good "stashes" found. Such as a Frigidaire dealer somewhere in the South that had an entire warehouse of NOS and otherwise vintage parts along with appliances.

Good volume of parts threads will be those seeking a specific part; for that people usually chime in where the thing can be found, if at all.

Post# 959831 , Reply# 13   9/29/2017 at 12:56 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        
My favorite?

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I've always been partial to the Maytag brand, even though my dad was a Frigidaire factory authorized service tech, and I took some Frigidaire classes. To me, nothing beats a Maytag, even the Norgetags were OK, in my book. YMMV.


As for parts, what exactly are you looking for? With specifics, we can direct you better to a possible source.

Post# 959916 , Reply# 14   9/30/2017 at 12:19 by pumpkina (California)        

I have extra space in my house and would like to have a couple of vintage washers and dryers. On craigslist, there are sometimes freebies, but they're damaged and I would need to make an quick decisions whether to get them. The time involved is faster than the response time from forum members here, so if I can look up parts quickly or call the vendor, I can make the decision quickly.

Post# 959927 , Reply# 15   9/30/2017 at 13:51 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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There are any number of online parts sources that handle new-stock items.  NLA/old-stock parts is primarily eBay.  Searching a part number via Google or choice of search engine sometimes brings up something.  Or long-established storefront sellers that may not be online, known by one's own local access, or referral from someone who is aware for non-local sources.

Online sources offering search by model number and resultant breakdown diagrams are a starting point, although databases are sometimes purged of older models (1970s, 1960s, and 1950s).  Otherwise the choice is check for service literature relevant to a given model or ask on this board.

Post# 959952 , Reply# 16   9/30/2017 at 18:28 by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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Just pick them up. If they are in need of too much work, you can always part them out, wait to find parts, or send 'em to the curb.


You are really overthinking this.

Post# 960656 , Reply# 17   10/4/2017 at 20:49 by patti (California)        
Unbalance bumper for A410

Hi All,

I am lookig for an unbalance bumper for an old A410 Maytag. Every site I have checked says part no longer available. Can anyone help?


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