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Charles Mangano

08:46AM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 06/12/03
3 lifetime posts
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Hello,

Our 17 yr old A512 is in need of its very first repair! The transmission needs to be replaced at a cost of about 50% of a new machine. Typically when something is this old, one simply replaces it. However, this unit is in great shape. The body and tub are free of rust. Only the lid has a small amount of rust. In case it matters, we're on well water with a water softener.

I understand that:
1. The most new washers aren't as trouble-free.
2. At least some of Maytag's plants have been moved to Mexico to cut costs as many of their competitors have done.
3. Maytag's current marketing objective is to compete with GE.
4. Currently, CR says that Roper, Whirlpool, and Maytag are the top three for reliability. But are the most reliable models of today, as reliable as our old A512?

Would it be wise to go ahead and have a new orbital transmission installed?

If no, which brand & model is likely to be a s trouble-free as our old A512?

Thanks,
Charles

DanO

09:33AM | 06/13/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** The transmission needs to be replaced at a cost of about 50% of a new machine. However, this unit is in great shape. The body and tub are free of rust. Only the lid has a small amount of rust. **

Most technicians I know prefer that design of washer to any models currently on the market and would likely advise you that such a repair would probably be worthwhile if the rest of the machine was in decent shape as you said.

** at a cost of about 50% of a new machine **

Maybe a bottom of the line washer model, certainly not one of the upper end models. You can see the 'orbital' transmission used on the A512 (and other Maytag 'Dependable Care') models at the following link:

LINK > Maytag A512 'Orbital' Transmission

Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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Charles Mangano

08:08AM | 06/15/03
Member Since: 06/12/03
3 lifetime posts
Thanks for your reply Dan.

"Most technicians I know prefer that design of washer to any models currently on the market and would likely advise you that such a repair would probably be worthwhile if the rest of the machine was in decent shape as you said."

Your reply makes sense to me. Why do you suppose CR suggests that washers may not be worth repairing if they are more than 8 years old?

If we go ahead with the repair, which I think we will, should the tub bearing be replaced at the same time due to the age of the washer and the labor involved?

Lastly, how long are parts likely to continue to be available for this model?

Thanks again,
Charles

DanO

04:15PM | 06/16/03
Member Since: 11/11/02
2293 lifetime posts
** Why do you suppose CR suggests that washers may not be worth repairing if they are more than 8 years old? **

I have no idea how they derive their opinions although it may very well be true with currently available models. It is also a very general statement and is not likely referring directly to the model you happen to have. I'm sure there must be some exceptions?

You can read a descending opinion at the following link:

LINL > Deciding when to replace an appliance

** should the tub bearing be replaced at the same time **

As long as you're into it that far, it might be a good choice.

** how long are parts likely to continue to be available for this model? **

Seeing that that same design in just in its last throws of existence now, I would think quite a few years yet. There are still literally millions still in use in North America. Maytag is also pretty good at supplying functional parts for their defunct product lines when the time comes down the road.


Dan O.
www.Appliance411.com
The Appliance Information Site

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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited June 17, 2003).]

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