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Most of the problem have been worked out of the Neptune design since it has been on the market in actual use for 5+ years. Any current model you purchase is not likely to run into most of the problems you may have read about.
** Any comments pro or con on the Duet or any other "front loading" wash machine **
I haven't heard of many problems with them but they are still fairly new to the marketplace.
** any other "front loading" wash machine **
Most (all?) of the front load washers on the market are fairly complex machines with lots of electronic controls. I usually recommend an extended warranty for such a purchase as repairs are generally more expensive when required and also usually more difficult to diagnose.
** Our dryer is dying... it sounds like a cement mixer **
Dryers are not usually expensive to repair if not run into the ground. I would say that just because a dryer needs repair is not sufficient reason on its own to replace both the washer and dryer.
If you just want a new laundry set or have some compelling reason for the water use and/or energy savings of modern appliances, then just go ahead and replace them.
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[This message has been edited by DanO (edited March 07, 2003).]
True but will the savings offset the cost of new appliances? Or come even come close?
** I also feel that the [20 yr old] washing machine is probably going to start giving us problems **
The washer we have is from about 1974 (~29 years old) and has given us very little problem. You know the old saying, "they don't build them like they used to"?
** The repair person said it was probably not worth repairing again. **
Without looking at it this time? Does the company also sell appliances?
If either question is yes, I would have pause to question the value of the opinion.
But as I said previously, if you just want a new laundry set then just go ahead and replace them. You don't need to justify their purchase to me.
[This message has been edited by DanO (edited March 10, 2003).]
We've had the Neptune almost two years now. Best appliance investment we've made. Will never buy a top loader again. I disagree with DanO, a 20 year old appliance is just about had it, replace it. One real neat trick on the front loader is put them on a 4" high platform, saves the back.
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[This message has been edited by Alfred (edited March 20, 2003).]