Front loaders less reliable?
2 years ago, I purchased a house with a Kenmore Elite HE3t. This is the first time I have use a front loader. I notice that it was loud but read that front loader vibrate a lot unless it was on concrete slab. This was on wooden floor.
Well, the noise was actually a problem after all. The noise got louder so I had a repair man take a look. He said the bearings have died but though that repairs may be too expensive. He looked up some parts and it was right, the parts would be like $700. Yikes!
I asked the repair man if he recommended any brand. He indicated that he avoids Samsung or LG because they were hard to repair and would suggest Whirlpool. The He3t model is actually a Whirlpool, so I am wary of getting another and $700 isn't exactly feasible for repairs.
What are your folks long term experience with front loaders vs. Top loaders?