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Post# 971041   12/1/2017 at 22:37 (351 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

I remember a while back looking over a new GE washer mechanism design very similar to WP VMW-right down to tub mounted vertical axis drain pump...Anybody have one of these washers or know how they have stood up so far ?

Post# 971066 , Reply# 1   12/2/2017 at 04:04 (351 days old) by chetlaham (United States)        

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You mean the Hydrowave? Or something like this?

Post# 971080 , Reply# 2   12/2/2017 at 06:03 (351 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        
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Makes one wonder if the design engineer sitting at his desk considered what kinds of failures would occur ...

Post# 971157 , Reply# 3   12/2/2017 at 15:27 (351 days old) by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        

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A neighbor has a more modern GE set that replaced the same thing from a few years ago and all I can say is that the washer is better than the dryer as the dryer already developed squeaks as did the previous. The washer has the nosiest pump after some time. The pumps don't seem to wear well with use.

GE has always seemed to cut corners on appliances. FF washers don't seem to be that bad for it but I do recall someone saying that when they were more common, transmission replacements were a regular occurrence. GE AA5 radios from the late '50s and early '60s had thin brittle circuit boards that often cracked with age. Anyone who had a GE Television didn't have it for long by comparison to Zenith, RCA, Sylvania, Magnavox or even Sears Silvertone. Just try finding A GE console set from the '60s or '70s and you will quickly find out how few survived. The Porta-Color wasn't bad for what it was though.

Post# 971360 , Reply# 4   12/3/2017 at 21:25 (349 days old) by jerrod6 (United States of America)        

GE sold their appliance division in 2016 to Haier didn't they?  I think the use of the GE name by Haier was part of the deal. IIRC GE was no longer interested in home appliances and was going to concentrate on larger items with greater profit return.


This is similar to Hobart selling the KitchenAid name to Whirlpool.....If You buy a Kitchenaid then you buy a Whirlpool;  if  you buy a GE then you buy a Haier.   

Post# 971364 , Reply# 5   12/3/2017 at 21:59 (349 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        

Haier took over GE major appliances a couple years ago...I think current GE appliances are GE design and made in USA though-I Have wondered about the fridges since Haier has had a large fridge plant in the US for a while.Some recent GE washers watched do look like they may have effective wash action including waterfall recirculation on HE machines.My 2009 hydrowave is a very effective washer,but durability of certain drivetrain components is suspect :)

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