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DanO

10:05AM | 05/23/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** the shaking that this washer does drives my downstairs neighbors nuts. Even with a "load" of a pair of socks, the washer gets seriously out-of-balance. Not enough to trigger the OB sensor, but enough to shake the building. And so the washer walks away from the wall as it goes through its cycles. I have found it more than a foot away from its installed location at the end of a cycle. **

Are the leveling legs firmly against the floor and their locking nuts tightened against the cabinet?

How stable is the flooring it is on? If you bounce up and down on the floor next to the washer, does the washer shake *at all*?

** I'm looking for a front-loader with a large door and top-loader capacity. **

If you have unstable flooring, most front load washers will be even harder on it and likely be worse. You can read a bit about appliance installation issues at the following link:

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=623

JFYI

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=clothes+washers

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DanO

10:06AM | 05/23/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** the shaking that this washer does drives my downstairs neighbors nuts. Even with a "load" of a pair of socks, the washer gets seriously out-of-balance. Not enough to trigger the OB sensor, but enough to shake the building. And so the washer walks away from the wall as it goes through its cycles. I have found it more than a foot away from its installed location at the end of a cycle. **

Are the leveling legs firmly against the floor and their locking nuts tightened against the cabinet?

How stable is the flooring it is on? If you bounce up and down on the floor next to the washer, does the washer shake *at all*?

** I'm looking for a front-loader with a large door and top-loader capacity. **

If you have unstable flooring, most front load washers will be even harder on it and likely be worse. You can read a bit about appliance installation issues at the following link:

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=623

JFYI

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=clothes+washers

The Appliance Information Site

=Ð~~~~~~


DanO

10:06AM | 05/23/04
Member Since: 11/11/02
2288 lifetime posts
** the shaking that this washer does drives my downstairs neighbors nuts. Even with a "load" of a pair of socks, the washer gets seriously out-of-balance. Not enough to trigger the OB sensor, but enough to shake the building. And so the washer walks away from the wall as it goes through its cycles. I have found it more than a foot away from its installed location at the end of a cycle. **

Are the leveling legs firmly against the floor and their locking nuts tightened against the cabinet?

How stable is the flooring it is on? If you bounce up and down on the floor next to the washer, does the washer shake *at all*?

** I'm looking for a front-loader with a large door and top-loader capacity. **

If you have unstable flooring, most front load washers will be even harder on it and likely be worse. You can read a bit about appliance installation issues at the following link:

LINK > http://www.appliance411.com/links/jump.cgi?ID=623

JFYI

Dan O.

http://www.Appliance411.com/?ref411=clothes+washers

The Appliance Information Site

=Ð~~~~~~


NoCalMrDrummer2K

10:16PM | 05/23/04
Member Since: 05/22/04
2 lifetime posts
Yes Dan, the machine is level, the legs are tightened. The rear two feet are "self-leveling", so even if I'd had a slightly askew floor, the machine would adjust for it. That would still not account for its shaking during a spin cycle with little or no loads at all. You'd think a $1200 washer would do a better job - my older KitchenAid didn't shake nearly as much.

Oh, did I mention that it also adds more water immediately before it drains the tub? During its wash, it stops sloshing clothes, adds more water, then drains completely. Then it refills (always with COLD water) and goes on to the rinse cycle. Seems like a waste of water to me.

rmboakland

09:51AM | 06/14/04
Member Since: 06/13/04
1 lifetime posts
Our new Maytag top-loading washer has a serious lint problem similar to those reported in this thread. Our previous washer had a manually-cleaned filter pan that sat atop the agitator, and screened out all lint. This worked extremely well over the washer's lifetime. The new Maytag washer is supposedly designed to break up lint clumps and flush all lint down the drain. What actually happens is that large amounts of lint are deposited on the clothes instead, and that lint which does get flushed out contributes to the buildup of clogs in our sewer line, which I now have to frequently clean out. From an environmental standpoint also, one would rather not pump extra loads of organic material into the municipal sewage treatment plants.

The good news is, after my wife made many complaints to Maytag about the lint problem (including photos of the lint stuck to clothes), Maytag bought our washer back. This is not something they had to do under our warranty, so they deserve very high marks for attention to customer satisfaction.

Now I'm looking for a washer with a manual lint filter, with no success so far. In regards to Whirlpool, they responded to my inquiry with this reply, which may be useful to others:

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Thank you for visiting the Whirlpool web site!

Unfortunately, Whirlpool does not currently manufacture a washer with a manual clean lint filter. However, we do offer an accessory that may be of assistance. It is called a Drain Protector (part# 367031) and it is designed to break up excessive amounts of lint and other large particles (used to prevent drain clogs). If you are interested in purchasing this part from us, please call our Part's Department at 1-800-442-9991.

If you have further questions, please feel free to email or call our Pre-Buy department at 1-800-253-1301, and select option 1. We are available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 9:00pm (EST standard time).

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mollie

08:02AM | 06/23/04
Member Since: 06/22/04
1 lifetime posts
I have had my *****-model Calypso for nearly two years without significant problems. Lint does collect at the top of the washer, hanging over the rail -- I remove it at the end of each cycle, and this keeps it from landing on the next load. Some fabrics seem to pick up extra lint, but the dryer always takes care of it. If I hang to dry, I put the dry garment in with the next dryer load for five minutes on low heat, and that usually takes care of both lint and any stiffness in the fabric from hanging to dry. The ***** delivery man installed the washer and I have had no problems with walking or noise -- in fact it is much quieter than my old agitator model. The loads don't get unbalanced. It is not so hard on the clothes as my old washer, either. I wash about half my loads in cold water, and I always use liquid detergent. I have had no trouble at all with chlorine bleach, but I use it only on whites so I probably wouldn't notice uneven distribution. Our tap water is relatively soft. I liked the Calypso washer so much I bought the companion dryer last year -- it too, has been a pleasure, although its auto-dry sensor doesn't really work. I just put the clothes in for a set number of minutes.

k2

11:09AM | 06/23/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1248 lifetime posts
Hello Mollie and thanks for your input on this ongoing issue!

I should mention that we're really pretty happy with the Calypso as well. I think you're right, that it's easier on clothes than most washers. One thing my wife really likes about it is that we can run small loads efficiently--it doesn't waste water.

The lint issue is one my wife has had with every washer we've had previously as well. We do use a dryer some, but typically we do hang clothes (after 10-20 mins in the dryer).

We tend not to use cold washes much...as our incoming cold water is quite cold where we are.

I'm hoping it remains trouble-free for many years to come. Even though we got a pretty good deal (scratch-n-dent) on it, I'm not ready to be buying another washer anytime soon :)

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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bummed

10:08PM | 07/12/04
Member Since: 07/12/04
1 lifetime posts
"The problems that I noticed were immediate and numerous. First, the flow of water over the clothes came out like it would from a waterhose - a half-inch stream of water which failed to moisten most of the clothes, and mostly fell on the center tower in the tub. Only a normal or extended cycle would adequately get them moist enough."

This is the problem I am having too. After a load is supposedly complete, I have pulled laundry out only to find that some of the clothes at the bottom are still dry!! My clothes do not look clean much of the time either! What can I do??


k2

11:04AM | 07/13/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1248 lifetime posts
Well I must say, we certainly haven't had those problems with the Calypso. The thing has always done a good job for us in washing and rinsing (except for the embedded lint problem--which we've had on other washers as well).

If anything, we've found little benefit in using '2nd rinse' and the clothes have always been clean and soaked through. We have tended to use "Normal" setting most of the time. Sometimes we'll use the more delicate cycles, but rarely "Whitest Whites."

Any luck with "Saturated Soak" or "Stain Treat"?

So, hmmmmm, don't know what's going on there. At first I'd wondered if it was getting water--but as you say, it comes out like it would from a waterhose...

Regards,

-k2 in CO

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