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Archive for March 25, 2013

Whirlpool Dryer Element 8544771 Replacement

Napco has done it once again! They are supplying us with a quality replacement for Whirlpool’s dryer element 8544771. This element was used in many newer Whirlpool/Sears Kenmore dryers.

8544771 Whirlpool Dryer Element

8544771 Whirlpool Dryer Element

 

Here’s a link to the 8544771 dryer element.

Fits Models:   MED6000AG0 , MED6000AW0 , MED6000XG0 , MED6000XG1 , MED6000XG2 , MED6000XR0 , MED6000XR1 , MED6000XR2 , MED6000XW0 , MED6000XW1 , MED6000XW2 , MED7000AG0 , MED7000AW0 , MED7000XG0 , MED7000XG1 , MED7000XG2 , MED7000XR0 , MED7000XR1 , MED7000XW0 , MED7000XW1 , MED7000XW2 , MED8000AG0 , MED8000AW0 , MED9000YG0 , MED9000YG1 , MED9000YG2 , MED9000YR0 , MED9000YR1 , MED9000YW0 , MED9000YW1 , MED9000YW2 , MEDB200VQ0 , MEDB200VQ1 , MEDB400VQ0 , MEDB400VQ1 , MEDB700VQ0 , MEDB750YW0 , MEDB750YW1 , MEDB800VB0 , MEDB800VQ0 , MEDB800VU0 , MEDB850WB0 , MEDB850WB1 , MEDB850WL0 , MEDB850WL1 , MEDB850WQ0 , MEDB850WQ1 , MEDB850WR0 , MEDB850WR1 , MEDB850YG0 , MEDB850YG1 , MEDB850YG2 , MEDB850YW0 , MEDB850YW1 , MEDB850YW2 , MEDB950YG0 , MEDB950YG1 , MEDB950YW0 , MEDB950YW1 , MEDE200XW1 , MEDE201YW0 , MEDE201YW1 , MEDE251YG0 , MEDE251YG1 , MEDE251YL0 , MEDE251YL1 , MEDE300VF0 , MEDE300VF1 , MEDE300VF2 , MEDE300VW0 , MEDE300VW1 , MEDE301YG0 , MEDE301YW0 , MEDE400XR0 , MEDE400XW0 , MEDE500VF0 , MEDE500VF1 , MEDE500VP0 , MEDE500VP1 , MEDE500VW0 , MEDE500VW1 , MEDE500VW2 , MEDE500WJ0 , MEDE500WR0 , MEDE900VJ0 , MEDE900VJ1 , MEDE900VW0 , MEDE900VW1 , MEDZ400TQ1 , MEDZ600TB1 , MEDZ600TK1 , MEDZ600TW1 , NED7300WW1 , NED7500VM0 , NED7500VM1 , NED7500VW0 , NED7500VW1 , WED7300XW0 , WED7400XW0 , WED7600XW0 , WED7800XB0 , WED7800XL0 , WED7800XW0 , WED7990XG0 , WED8300SB0 , WED8300SB1 , WED8300SW0 , WED8300SW1 , WED8410SW0 , WED8410SW1 , WED8500SR0 , WED86HEBC0 , WED86HEBW0 , WED9050XW1 , WED9150WW1 , WED9151YW0 , WED9151YW1 , WED9200SQ0 , WED9200SQ1 , WED9200SQ2 , WED9250WL1 , WED9250WR1 , WED9250WW1 , WED9270XL1 , WED9270XL2 , WED9270XR1 , WED9270XR2 , WED9270XW1 , WED9270XW2 , WED9300VU0 , WED9300VU1 , WED9371YL0 , WED9371YW0 , WED9371YW1 , WED9400SB0 , WED9400SB1 , WED9400ST0 , WED9400ST1 , WED9400SU0 , WED9400SU1 , WED9400SU2 , WED9400SW0 , WED9400SW1 , WED9400SW2 , WED9400SZ0 , WED9400SZ1 , WED9400SZ2 , WED9400VE0 , WED9400VE1 , WED9450WL0 , WED9450WL1 , WED9450WR0 , WED9450WR1 , WED9450WW0 , WED9450WW1 , WED9470WL1 , WED9470WR1 , WED9470WW1 , WED9470WW2 , WED9500TC0 , WED9500TC1 , WED9500TC2 , WED9500TU0 , WED9500TU1 , WED9500TW0 , WED9500TW1 , WED9500TW2 , WED9500TW3 , WED9550WL0 , WED9550WL1 , WED9550WL2 , WED9550WR0 , WED9550WR1 , WED9550WW0 , WED9550WW1 , WED9550WW2 , WED9600SU0 , WED9600TA0 , WED9600TA1 , WED9600TA2 , WED9600TB0 , WED9600TB1 , WED9600TU0 , WED9600TU1 , WED9600TW0 , WED9600TW1 , WED9600TW2 , WED9600TZ0 , WED9610XW0 , WED9610XW1 , WED9750WL0 , WED9750WL1 , WED9750WR0 , WED9750WW0 , WED9750WW1 , YIED7300WW1 , YMED6000AG0 , YMED6000AW0 , YMED6000XG1 , YMED6000XG1 , YMED6000XG2 , YMED6000XG3 , YMED6000XR1 , YMED6000XR1 , YMED6000XR2 , YMED6000XR3 , YMED6000XW1 , YMED6000XW1 , YMED6000XW2 , YMED6000XW3 , YMED7000AG0 , YMED7000AW0 , YMED7000XG1 , YMED7000XG2 , YMED7000XG3 , YMED7000XR1 , YMED7000XR2 , YMED7000XW1 , YMED7000XW2 , YMED7000XW3 , YMED8000AG0 , YMED8000AW0 , YMED9000YG0 , YMED9000YG1 , YMED9000YG2 , YMED9000YG3 , YMED9000YR0 , YMED9000YR1 , YMED9000YW0 , YMED9000YW1 , YMED9000YW2 , YMED9000YW3 , YMED9600TK0 , YMEDE200XW1 , YMEDE201YW0 , YMEDE251YL0 , YMEDE251YL1 , YMEDE300VF0 , YMEDE300VF1 , YMEDE300VF2 , YMEDE300VW0 , YMEDE300VW1 , YMEDE301YG0 , YMEDE301YW0 , YMEDE400XR0 , YMEDE400XW0 , YMEDE500VF0 , YMEDE500VF1 , YMEDE500VP0 , YMEDE500VP1 , YMEDE500VW0 , YMEDE500VW1 , YMEDE500VW2 , YMEDE500WJ0 , YMEDE500WR0 , YMEDE900VJ0 , YMEDE900VJ1 , YMEDE900VW0 , YMEDE900VW1 , YMEDZ400TQ0 , YMEDZ600TB0 , YMEDZ600TW0 , YNED7300WW1 , YNED7300WW2 , YNED7500XW0 , YWED7990XG0 , YWED8300SB0 , YWED8300SB1 , YWED8300SW0 , YWED8300SW1 , YWED8500SR0 , YWED8500SR1 , YWED9050XW1 , YWED9050XW2 , YWED9150WW1 , YWED9151YW0 , YWED9151YW1 , YWED9200SQ0 , YWED9200SQ1 , YWED9200SQ2 , YWED9250WL1 , YWED9250WL2 , YWED9250WR1 , YWED9250WR2 , YWED9250WW1 , YWED9250WW2 , YWED9270XL1 , YWED9270XL2 , YWED9270XR1 , YWED9270XR2 , YWED9270XW1 , YWED9270XW2 , YWED9300VU0 , YWED9300VU1 , YWED9371YL0 , YWED9371YW0 , YWED9400SU0 , YWED9400SU1 , YWED9400SU2 , YWED9400SW0 , YWED9400SW1 , YWED9400SW2 , YWED9400SZ0 , YWED9400SZ1 , YWED9400VE0 , YWED9400VE1 , YWED9450WL0 , YWED9450WL1 , YWED9450WR0 , YWED9450WR1 , YWED9450WW0 , YWED9450WW1 , YWED9470WL1 , YWED9470WR1 , YWED9470WW1 , YWED9500TC1 , YWED9500TU0 , YWED9500TU1 , YWED9550WL0 , YWED9550WL1 , YWED9550WL2 , YWED9550WR0 , YWED9550WR1 , YWED9550WW0 , YWED9550WW1 , YWED9550WW2 , YWED9600TA0 , YWED9600TA1 , YWED9600TA2 , YWED9600TB0 , YWED9600TB1 , YWED9600TU0 , YWED9600TU1 , YWED9600TW0 , YWED9600TW1 , YWED9600TW2 , YWED9600TZ0 , YWED9750WL0 , YWED9750WR0 , YWED9750WW0

Whirlpool Washer Part Designed To Fail??

When Whirlpool first introduced their direct drive washer in 1983, the design included a small coupler between the motor and transmission made of plastic and rubber. It literally felt like a cheap toy… and the burden of turning that huge, water & clothes filled tub was on this plastic toy’s tiny shoulders! Needless to say, they began breaking immediately. All the parts distributors who worried that one of their most popular Whirlpool washer replacement parts (the belt) was disappearing took heart and Whirlpool washer coupling sales skyrocketed. The only question that remained was, Whirlpool direct drive coupling: design flaw (as customers saw it) or design feature (as Whirlpool engineers described it)? The answer is not simple.

The people who designed this machine worked with the correct assumption that no design is perfect and every machine has to fail at some point. With that in mind, they created a weak link (like a structural fuse of sorts) that was both cheap and simple: the whirlpool washer coupling. The idea was that before the motor or transmission could be damaged by an overloaded washer or something else preventing free movement of the tub, this little coupling would break. And break it did! Within a few years parts distributors were ordering these little couplers by the bag. Though it did break early and often, I believe this little weak link did also do what it was designed to do: fail before the motor & transmission got damaged.

Those in the design flaw camp also have some ammunition on their side. Namely, that while the coupler did protect the more expensive functional parts in the washer, it’s cheap, plastic design failed too quickly. The motor shaft would strip out the plastic center of the coupler or the soft rubber middle would grind into a telltale black powder on the floor beneath the washer. Because of this (after quite a few years of complaints actually), the washer coupler got a redesign- a center reinforced with metal and a more substantial rubber section. Here’s a link to the upgraded Whirlpool washer coupler.

Now that the washer coupler design has been corrected, can you guess what Whirlpool is doing this year? Bingo! Going back to a belt driven washer design with washer belt # 8540101!

Click this link for more Whirlpool washer parts from A-1 Appliance Parts.

GE Appliance Parts

A few years ago GE considered selling the appliance division to a competitor. For whatever reason, that didn’t happen and today GE is investing massive amounts of money in their US based appliance manufacturing. This is exactly the opposite of what has been happening in recent years!

GE will also benefit from the ruling Whirlpool got against some foreign companies that imposes higher tarrifs on appliances coming from South Korea and Mexico.

It might not be obvious but, for an appliance parts company, having US built models and US based distribution is extremely important. When I have to order a part from GE it is usually here in 3 to 4 days… and people really don’t like to wait that long even. Guess how long it takes to get an LG or Samsung part that doesn’t happen to be in stock in the US? Your guess is as good as mine because I’ve never had a customer wait long enough to find out (time is measured in months not days on this type back order).

Thank you General Electric! Maybe there’s hope for American manufacturing & distribution yet.

GE dryer parts | GE refrigerator parts | GE oven parts | GE dishwasher parts | GE washer parts

Maytag Dryer Parts

Once upon a time Maytag was a giant in US appliance manufacturing and they gobbled up companies like Amana, Jenn-Air, Magic Chef and Norge. This consolidation caused some cataloging problems for people like us who have to keep the part numbers straight and it wasn’t painless for Maytag either. There was a lot to keep up with.

And… in 2006, when Whirlpool bought Maytag (I think just to keep her away from offshore competition), things got worse!

We’re trying to keep the numbers straight for you. Here are a couple of links that should help.
Maytag dryer parts | Maytag refrigerator parts | Maytag washer parts | Maytag oven parts

Maytag Dryer Element 31001746

Well, Whirlpool bought Maytag and discontinued this dryer element so if you happen to have one of the models listed at the bottom of this post then you’re out of luck… right?

Maybe not!

While the complete element is obsolete, we can still get an element restring kit that will keep that dryer out of the junkyard. It also happens to cost less than the old, complete element did as well.

31001746 Dryer Element

31001746 Dryer Element

Click here for more Maytag dryer parts.

Dryer element 31001746 Fits Models:   MCE8000AZQ , MCE8000AZW