Fix or Replace TL Washer?
My Amana alw480 needs a new transmission. A new one costs between $150-250, plus elbow grease, sweat etc.
I have looked at new TL but am really disappointed. FL, ATC, He, and ES ratings are unimpressive. Is it worth it to go to Appliance Fix-It school and keep my old washer, or is there a TL that is computer free, built to last, uses a full tub of water, and costs less than $1000?
Conventional wisdom says replace when it costs more to fix than replace but I am having trouble locating a suitable replacement model. Sears has basic washers for $330, but I don't expect it to last very long and the salesman confirmed 5 years or so. I really don't want to be turning on and off inlet hoses to get truly hot water or worse yet manually filling the tub with hot water.
Has anyone else kept fixing their old washer?
If you bought new, what did you choose, and why?
Is there a way to circumvent the ATC, He and Energy Star regulations?
Is Canada any better than the US as far as solid, basic washers?