Ahh the new year... almost spring … time to throw things out, like that worthless broken washing machine and spend $ you hadn't planned on spending...on your new washing machine...
Yup , our front loader washer bit the dust this month, fancy electronic thing, that never really got MY work clothes clean. And it balled up pet hair and inserted it under the weave so no matter where you were you ALWAYS brought the kittys with you.
35 years ago I bought a used set of Kenmore washer /dryer from a friend, maybe 5 years old at that time.
It's now 2019 (omg) and that old dryer is still chugging along same as new. The washer died a number of years ago.
We replaced it with a front loader. Seemed to work OK , definitely used less power & water. We thought we did good...Ha, think again. They bolted steel and aluminum parts together... it corroded and broke the drum off within 3 years... on to the next washer. We tried to go back to a top loader. WOW talk about suck up power! My inverter was groaning, cooling fans running, all just to wash a load of clothes... back to the store that one went... brought home another top loader , same thing different brand... I think they make them all in in one factory... So we ended up buying a front loader again $800! At least it did not suck up power. It has lasted maybe 4 years. Now it is junk! Four years ? Really !
Our good friend is a massuse. She washes more oily towels than anyone we know. Her towels are always clean and fresh. We asked her what to buy.
No debate about it, just go buy a commercial Speed queen. Simple really , its what they use in laudramats !!! They last and last ! Locate a dealer, pay the price and never need to buy another.
Speed Queen model TR3000 WN
Analog switches...no built in water heater .. The only electronic switch is the power switch. No fancy lights / bells... just a good old washer like grandma had. Nothing conservative about it. Uses lots of water ... amazingly clothes seem to like this?? as ours are clean again!! They claimed it used lots of electricity as well. Wrong ! it maybe used 15 amps 12vt during spin out! And the clothes really spun out almost dry! Our previous front loader (energy star rated !!!) used 30 amps , and the clothes were not almost dry.
We have only had this a week, our cloths are already cleaner with less cat hair than ever before! We are convinced we finally got one that will do the job rite and last for years. Only time will tell for sure.
Funny thing is it was only $100 more than what we paid 4 years ago for the front loader.
After going through 3 modern wash machines in 10 years I called it quits. I bit the bullet and bought a manual Speed Queen. LOVE IT!!! I've been using it for maybe 5 years now and am still in love with it. I expect to love it for many more years.
Prior to going through a number of those modern computerized washers, I had an old Kenmore Heavy Dury. It was well over 20 years old and still going fine when I moved and didn't take it with me. Those old Kenmore heavy dutys where great. But alas, the ones sold nowadays aren't anything like those old machines.
I'm off grid too. And I will never, never, never buy another washer with a computer.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
I looked into a buy-it-for-life washing machines and these are what comes recommended as the best.
I couldn't afford the best, but I could afford used and that's what I recommend to anyone who is good with their hands.
I only retired my bullet proof old school washer and dryer, to save money on water and electricity.
They are pretty indestructible,so I have them put away for when the "new" ones die.
That is the cycle for me, poor, but hands on, so I live off the leavings of my financial betters.
Hopefully I will have fully trained my daughter by the time I age out of DIY work !
I think your putting your old machine in the barn under a tarp is a very smart idea! Your new machines may suddenly need replacing and all you will have to do, is bring the old ones back in !
I love my Speed Queen set! I was lucky enough to find a barely used set locally. An older lady got sick of replacing her modern "efficient" washer and dryers every 5 years, and bought a Speed Queen set. Then she moved to assisted living 2 years later, and her son cleared out the house.
I like the mechanical controls, no computer to break. When I was shopping for a dishwasher and a kitchen range, I asked for mechanical control models and I was told they don't even make them anymore. Already I have had the dishwasher repairman out to fix the computer controller and it's only 2 years old.
Every consumer dishwasher I've encountered has been more of a dish rinser.
Commercial dish washers have the up to git r done, actually blasting food off of plates in less than 5 minutes.
They also last, and are built to be serviced.
I installed a "new" one at our church, now I have the old one.
I'm not sure about power and water consumption, 'cause it has a blown fuse , one of many projects that still need doing.