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Post# 500681   3/2/2011 at 16:30 (4,653 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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Wazz up with these new w/pool/Kenmore top loaders? I am already seeing them at the trash heap in town! There's a dump in Hilo where I go and get parts needed for older units like the old belt driven w/pools.But I was a bit disturbed when I went there today and saw two of the new models ready to be smashed.I have no idea where they were originally but don't remember ever seeing anything that new at the dump(s).I had no interest in them. Otherwise,I would have grabbed them.

Post# 500806 , Reply# 1   3/3/2011 at 00:43 (4,653 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I too have seen new machines in the trash piles at the swap shops in my area-usually cracked outer washer drums.And failed electronics-the storms out here kill them-If Hawaii has bad thunderstorms-that will kill electronic contols like in my area.If you have such machines and live in storm prone areas-pull the plugs from the outlets when not in use.I am still looking for BD KN and WP machines-keep in touch with the appliance swap shops here.Yes,the new machines turn up in them-from users not happy with them and trading them for an older model-hence "swap shop".

Post# 500953 , Reply# 2   3/3/2011 at 14:13 (4,652 days old) by laundromat (Hilo, Hawaii)        

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I talked with one salesperson at Sears here and another at HD who both said they will only sell these new units if the customers insist on them. Otherwise, they're selling them on either the new LGs or front loading models.

Post# 500984 , Reply# 3   3/3/2011 at 14:54 (4,652 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Not Surprised

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Higher commission on the LG's and the FL's



Post# 501047 , Reply# 4   3/3/2011 at 19:11 (4,652 days old) by COMBO52 (50 Year Repair Tech Beltsville,Md)        

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These machines are selling like hot-cakes probably on the order of at least 5-10 thousand per day, this machine will prove more reliable than the DDs and may be the most reliable TL washer of all time.

Post# 501123 , Reply# 5   3/4/2011 at 00:18 (4,652 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

New WP-KN TL washers-they do sound promising-but to judge the reliability of them-they have to be in use for a few years to see what if any troubles surface.

Post# 501143 , Reply# 6   3/4/2011 at 04:15 (4,652 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        

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Wow! I never thought of that.

We have really bad storms here sometimes and I never thought to unplug the washer...

It's plugged into a surge protector but that's not going to protect it from lightening.....

Post# 501145 , Reply# 7   3/4/2011 at 04:26 (4,652 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

When I had an electronic timered KA dishwasher I usually unplugged it when it wasn't in use-was plugged into an outlet under the kitchen sink.One time I forgot to unplug it-and to my bad luck-I was at work-a bad storm went thru the area and killed the KA dishwasher-it still sits in the corner of the kitchen-other stuff on top of it.the storm blew the timer board again.The electronic timers are nice-but makers need to incorporate better lightening and surge protection for them.

Post# 501155 , Reply# 8   3/4/2011 at 06:17 (4,652 days old) by mrb627 (Buford, GA)        
Better Surge Suppression

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I agree 100%!  In this day and age, we should have learned by now that electronics must have protection from electrical anomalies.  Brown outs, lightning, whatever...


Seems silly that we should have to buy a supressor after spending 2000 on a washing machine.



Post# 501213 , Reply# 9   3/4/2011 at 10:30 (4,652 days old) by KenmoreGuy64 (Charlotte, NC)        

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Since the 1980s in Charlotte, code has been to have a light-switch style on/off switch for power to the dishwasher. I have always kept mine off, thinking that it protected it from power surges, etc. That is probably more important today than ever.

There are some features in appliances, IMHO, that have improved or been made better with recent advances, but electronic control of certain appliances is NOT one of them. Give me the rotary controlled 1990-built GE Range I had ANY DAY OF THE WEEK vs. the 2003 GE Profile I have now. The '03 is fine, but in side by side identical use, I suspect the 1990 would far outlast the 2003 due to the electronic controls which will make it cost prohibitive to repair, IF parts are available still if/when something fails.

I can see how todays washers and dishwashers need the electronic controls to function with the features they offer, but in cooking appliances?


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