View single post by Tronicsmasta
 Posted: Sat Oct 9th, 2010 03:12 pm
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Location: Woodland Hills, California USA
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the newer direct drives are not as robust as the used to be. whirlpool retooled the factory and are no longer producing them. you can still get one though. they are noisy, go off balance, and shake more than they used to.

as of 01/01/2011 federal law prohibits the sale of any washer using more than 20 gallons of water. the price point is usually 300 at cosco for a whirlpool estate or kirkland brand. you can get the more fancy ones other places for 350 - 600 depending on the features.

the new load sensor is not much to be impressed by. they eliminated the water level switch to save water and they fail pretty rapidly. you may want to consider going higher end... or buying an older used direct drive.

my personal favorite is the whirlpool cabrio HE price point 799 - 1099

It is never a bad thing to leave it to the professionals. Inexperience can lead to more damage or risk of injury. You can always call A&E Factory Service (1-800-905-9505), Sears(1-800-469-4663), or local service man you can trust (