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Archive for Washer Parts

An Inconvenient Truth (Washing Machine Version)

The reign of yet another Queen has been destroyed by America.

The new efficiency standards are in full force this year and they have officially destroyed the best washing machine available… err, that used to be available.  In 2017 you could still purchase a mechanically controlled washer from Speed Queen but, as of 01/2018, those machines are as illegal to sell as crack cocaine! We had high hopes for the machines that replaced them but our hopes were dashed when the most expensive of these top loaders from Speed Queen couldn’t even get the soap out of the clothes much less the dirt.  That was a problem for me because this machine was at my house (OROTR7000WN) model ! In the end, my wife made me bring it back and we are now using a cheap Crosley washer that actually has a better agitator and does a much better job washing clothes. This is sad.

The main culprit here isn’t Speed Queen trying to make you pay a premium price for a sub-par machine, it’s the government dictating efficiency nationwide with a broad brush.  Using less water makes it difficult for washing machines to do their job and in an attempt to overcome the imposed water deficiency, extra boards and pumps and cycles complicate the once simple formula of wash/rinse/spin.  Water availability isn’t the same nationwide but the standards are built based on the lowest denominator.  And it’s ALL about the water- the new, more efficient washing machines actually take twice as long to wash clothes (cycling again and again in an attempt to clean) and use more energy.  Of course, distribution might be hard to police… so once again everyone is punished.

I believe Speed Queen will get this figured out eventually but in the mean time it is a terrible inconvenience.  Some of the other manufacturers have been working on solutions for this for a longer time and with more resources so the playing field really isn’t fair. And, if you can find a decent used Whirlpool top-load model built before electronic controls were mandated, you will use more water but your clothes will be cleaner and you won’t have to worry about pesky soap rashes or soured front load washer boots!

Oh, and this is another good reason to NOT throw out that old model.  [Warning, self promotion ahead.] Repair, don’t replace, with new parts from A-1 Appliance! Especially winners like the pre-2018 Speed Queens!

Drain Pump 137221600

Frigidaire (Electrolux) has changed old washer pump and motor number 137108100 to new part number 137221600. Why? Perhaps to throw the aftermarket off their trail?  Or maybe it was an excuse to raise the price?  I don’t know… but I do know that a replacement is available for less money! ERP’s ER137221600.

Exact Replacement Part 137221600

Exact Replacement Part 137221600

How Do You Maintain Your Washer?

The washing machine is one of the important household appliances. You cannot do without clean clothes, bed sheets and so on, and manually cleaning them may be out of question, especially if you have a hectic lifestyle. The washer makes our job a lot easier. It saves both our time and effort and helps us focus on other important aspects of life. Washing habits may differ from one family to another. Depending on the number of family members, the washing machine may be used regularly or every alternate day or once a week.

No matter how frequently the machine is used, proper maintenance is required. The performance of an appliance is bound to get worse with time if you don’t keep it well maintained. Though the idea of washing the washing machine may seem absurd, it is important that you keep the washer clean.

If you don’t know how to go about it, here are a few simple tips for you:

Washer Parts Maintain Diagram

Examine The Hose and Fitting: You need to make sure that the hose is in good condition, and it is not blistered or cracked. Corroded fittings can prevent the machine from working properly. That is why you need to keep an eye on that. Check for leakage, and make sure water is not dripping from the machine. If you find cracked hose or corroded fittings, you may need to buy new washer parts to get the damaged ones replaced.

Level The Washer: You can use a carpenter’s level to adjust the feet of the machine. When the machine is properly leveled, the bubble will indicate that. Your machine will make a lot of noise and move if it is not leveled properly. If that continues, the machine may eventually break down.

Clean The Exterior of The Machine: Keeping the exterior of the washer shiny clean will only add to the overall appearance of the room. You may use regular bleaches and soaps for cleaning. The regular products don’t generally harm the machine. However, things like stain removers and other chemicals may cause some damages.

Keep The Tub Clean: Cleaning the tub is of utmost importance and this should be done once in every 3 months. It is not as difficult as you might think. All you need to do is set the machine on hot, and get some extra dirty clothes. Fill the tub with water and add ½ cup of baking soda in 3 cups of white distilled vinegar. When you see the tub has begun draining, put the cycle to spin. Once the first cycle comes to an end, give the machine time to cool off before running another cycle.

These are four important maintenance tips that you need to keep in mind. Regular maintenance will not only improve performance, it will also increase longevity of the machine. You need to use the easy tips that are mentioned above to keep the machine working like new for years to come.