Clothes washer. Agitator seems to be going out. Is it ok to still wash clothes?
Details: OLD washer. Significant other has been reviewing videos for a replacement plan, but it's a VERY old washer and replacement parts appear hard to find.
- zipperLv 69 months ago
What does this have to do with transportation?
- John AldenLv 79 months ago
Replaced the agitator "dog" in my old Whirlpool also. Easy job and the parts are less than $10.
- Trump 2020Lv 79 months ago
Could be the belt, or if it's the transmission, forget about it. Not a job for the average homeowner.
- mermelizLv 79 months ago
Maybe you just need a new agitator. They are typically made of plastic and the splines in them wear out as they are driven by a steel shaft. Removing the nut on the top of the agitator and pulling it off is just that easy to put a new one on.
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- The DevilLv 79 months ago
There are agitator dogs that wear out in Kenmore washers, leaving the agitator not able to oscillate during the wash cycle. Those are 4 little ratchet teeth in the top of the agitator. They're very easy to replace and are sold by Appliance Parts Distributors stores. That washer may also be marketed as a few other brands.
- thebax2006Lv 79 months ago
I picked up a large load Maytag washer that was for free. Everything worked but the agitator. Turns out 4 plastic pieces which cost me $10 were worn out. It took me 30 minutes to take the top of the agitator apart and pop them in place. Works like new now.
- 9 months ago
Probably belt, if not a Maytag.Whirlpool belts are # 50806. Whirlpool Used to make Kenmore; same parts but different numbers. Set for cold water, add detergent, start, run a few, then stop 45 minutes to soak. Restart. The "weakest" agitator will still do a good job that way.You can save on hot water, too, as a long soak in cold takes out most dirt and stains.
I got a used washer for $35; it lasted me from 1992 to 2003. Might Still be working. Dripped a little but laundry room was in a shed with with dirt floor. I have a Whirpool seal removal/installation tool, but, the looks of that rusty old outer drum, I was afraid it;'d crack apart if I tried. I left it alone and sold it for $35 when I moved.Source(s): REF: Worked in appliance store 3 years; parts 4 hours/day.
- RonLv 79 months ago
It won't wash worth the crap
- regeruggedLv 79 months ago
Get a new one. Fix an old appliance and the next day something else goes wrong.
- StarryskyLv 79 months ago
My friend had a top loader that had agitator/boot failure after many years. He found a $175 replacement. But he chose a new top loader instead for $450. Did not wash as well. Got another top loader, same. Got a front loader with lots of settings, message board, pretty lights and stainless. It and the new dryer (not needed but a package deal) set him back $1900. And he is still not happy. Has to wipe down the rubber door seal, and also air out the tub, and also sterilize it regularly. Washing ability seems questionable still.Source(s): My 1980 model Maytag runs great, built like a tank. Plumber shakes his head in wonder, how well they were made then.