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Hickey

Rusty Girdle
Premium Member
#1
~~OLD MANT RANT~~

We bought a fancy-ass Maytag, super high capacity, whoopty-do feature-filled, water saving clothes washing machine a couple years ago. Ever since then, my pants do not come out clean. They no longer smell like stanky pants, but they are nearly just as dirty looking as before washing. I've tried every setting in a vain attempt at clean pants. I'm 800 miles from home and I just pulled these "clean" pair of pants out of my clothes bag after a fresh shower. 5186619E-805B-4B53-9182-003142BAB051.jpeg
That's not grease and oil stains. It's dirt and sand from chaining up on I-70 last week. I washed these pants twice. My wife out them in the dryer and then in my clothes bag. These pants are only a few months old.

I'm ready to fill this fawker with tannerite and send a recycling round at it.

What washer model do you have, and does it get the damn job done?
 

Jinx

when in doubt, upgrade!
Location
So Jordan, Utah
#2
I hate that!

I have some friends who do the appliance game and they swear by the older, louder, less water saving stuff, because it gets the job done and lasts forever.

Most of the newer stuff is gold plated in the first place, (Super Expensive) and only designed to last 5-8 years... :rolleyes:
 

UT410

On jack stands.
Premium Member
Location
Holladay
#3
Is it a top or front loader?

Do you use powder or liquid? I ask this because it's common for detergent to clog the line between the fill tray and drum.

And how much do you fill it to capacity? I learned to put really soiled clothes at a low capacity and use a long run setting.
 

Gravy

Edd China of Dirtbikes
Premium Member
#4
I just took my whole (LG front load) washer apart to replace the rear bearings and seal. The seal went bad and water got into the bearings and rusted them out. Then the rusty bearing material got all over the stator and made it run slower.

Basically I realized (while it was apart) the pump, drain hoses, stator and the entire drum was gross and needed to be removed and pressure washed out. The two bearings and seal cost me about $35. I had to take the whole thing apart to replace them anyways. But I ended up with a brand new washer.

Maybe your pump and drain hoses are clogged and the drum is dirty.
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Gravy

Edd China of Dirtbikes
Premium Member
#6
The guys at the appliance repair shop (that sold me the parts) basically said two things:

#1 Liquid soap (strength) sucks compared to powder and it clogges stuff up: they told me to use powder and pour it in with the clothes in the drum.

(Makes sense: if it clings to the inside of the plastic container, it will cling to the inside of the drum and hoses).

#2 Always leave your front load washer door open when not in use to let it dry out. (I concur with this after observing the inner workings. They don't drain as efficiently as a top load by design).
 

Hickey

Rusty Girdle
Premium Member
#7
Ours is a top load washer. We have used both powdered detergent and tide pods (snack-size).

We generally leave the lid open.

This has been a problem since the buying the damn washer. I'm embarrassed to go anywhere because my pants always look dirty.
 

Jesser04

Well-Known Member
Location
Kaysville Utah
#8
“Edit just noticed yours is a top loader”

Did you get one of the fancy ones with no agitator?


This only works for front loaders


The problem with your machine is that it doesn’t put enough water in the drum to clean the clothes. Google your model and you should be able to adjust the sensor to allow it to fill up more.
 

Jesser04

Well-Known Member
Location
Kaysville Utah
#10
For people looking at new washing machines the way to go is a 30lb commercial machine they are about 3000.00 but you never have to buy another machine for as long as you live. Can easy handle blankets and sleeping bags at home an has the options to put all you soap and softeners on pump system.
 

Hickey

Rusty Girdle
Premium Member
#13
Apparently, the impeller style is more gentle on your clothes, particularly more delicate fabrics. BUT IF YOUR CLOTHES HAVE A SPINE LIKE ANY REAL AMERICAN'S DOUBLE FRONT DENIM CARHART'S DO, YOU NEED A DAMN BOAT PROP IN YOUR WASHER! You know, to agitate things properly. Denim is too stiff and unyielding for the wispy washing style of the impeller.

This explains why my wife's clothes always come out clean. They are so wispy and delicate. Even her jeans are all wispy and girly.
 
#14
We are in the market for new W/D. I was thinking of picking some up on a black Friday sale. Any recommendations for new ones that do work well? I was told by the guy at Home Depot to steer far away from Samsung units (most returns or repairs) and go for the LG units. My wife wants the top loader. Suggestions?
 

UT410

On jack stands.
Premium Member
Location
Holladay
#15
Jeremy, get rid of the washer. They remove the agitator to allow for more space and to be gentle on clothes. Short of washing your jeans with a pair of shoes or those jax it's going to be pretty useless in getting your jeans clean.
 
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Noahfecks

El Destructo!
Premium Member
#16
We had the front loaders for a year before my wife gave up and sold them on CL. We went back to good old fashioned top loaders with an agitator and havent regretted it since. Bonus, the pair were less than the cost of a front load washer. Kenmore which I believe is Maytag when I looked at the back cover.
 

Jesser04

Well-Known Member
Location
Kaysville Utah
#18
One of these with out the base is the ticket 100% programmable. You’d have to change the drain since they gravity drain and get 220 to it and you’d be getting shit done. I have dreams on having one in my house just the thought of not having a to deal with laundry detergent and softener bottles anymore sounds amazing.
 

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