Finally after waiting what felt like forever and two trips to the laundromat later, Rick the washer machine handyman arrived and took the entire machine apart. He gave me good news and bad news. The bad news was the transmission needed to be replaced. The good news was that it was still under warranty! Woohoo, we only had to pay for the labor. I paid the $80 service charge, and said good bye to Rick with a promise that my husband would be calling to confirm that we indeed wanted the washer fixed. Little did I know, the good news would soon turn into even more bad news.
Chris called and found out that the labor, kits to install the new transmission and tax would add up to around $400. Can you imagine what the cost would have been if the transmission wasn't covered under warranty?? Now I am sure some of you are thinking, hmmm...that price isn't that bad....better then spending $800-$1500 on a new washer, right? Well, it is when you only spent a little over $500 on the washer back in 2001. Why would we dish out almost that much to get it fixed and not know if it will last another 8 years without something else happening. It just made more sense to buy a new washer. So thus began the process where Chris did his research...and research...and research. The engineer in him had to look into every brand made, how it is made and which brand worked best on a 2nd floor laundryroom floor. I love that he wanted to make sure we purchased the right washer BUT after a week, I was ready to just buy something...anything!
Here is our cute Maytag Atlantis washer and dryer. Our first purchase as a couple in 2001. Please excuse the messy laudryroom. It's the only room (other than the kitchen) that hasn't been worked on and it holds the utility sink with all the paint supplies in it.
While Chris did his research, we had to continue to visit the local LAUNDROMAT...
Chris and I have a good amount of clothing so allowing our clothes to build up wasn't a problem but the kiddies go through clothes quickly! Between Kara's messy eating habits and then spitting up the food afterwards and Ryan's potty training....we use the washer A LOT. I never realized how much I actually depended on that machine until it broke. I really missed it.
I think the last time I had to visit a laundromat was in college. My memories include clothes being ruined by the machines and thinking $1.25 was TOO MUCH to pay for a load of laundry. Guess how much it costs now? 10 years later...$2.50 a load!!
There were a few times where we made going to the laundromat a family adventure and brought the kiddies. Most of the time I would go shopping with Kara while Ryan and Chris sat and waited for the loads to wash. Here is Kara saying HI while we waited for Daddy to pack up the laundry baskets in the car. Good Times!
Today we received our new washer! She's a beauty!!
We didn't waste any time trying it out and by this evening had washed 7 loads of laundry! We couldn't be happier with our purchase. This machine is very quiet even when it is spinning! Here it is with our Maytag dryer.
And in case you were wondering...yes the kiddies LOVE it too. Please excuse Kara's crazy hair, she had just woken up from a short nap. We all (including Chris) sat in front of the new washer and watched it spin for the first load...FUN TIMES! Oh and don't worry...all the bells and whistles include a childproof lock so Ryan can't climb in!
So I hope all the research paid off and we enjoy this washer for MANY years to come! We are off to a great start so far....