Hi, Maytag has an extended warranty directly from them for $191 for 3 years. Is this worth it for a front loader I just purchased? It is the Epic 9700sq1. Thanks for any info.
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FWIW, Consumer Reports in their February 2008 issue rated "Maytag was the most repair-prone front-loading washer" of washers purchased between 2003 and 2007. Whirlpool, LG, Kenmore, GE, Frigidaire, and Bosch scored between a low of 9% and a high of 12% of their machines repaired. Maytag scored 17%.
Just another piece of info to consider.
Maytag machines covered by that CR report were very different mechanisms from what's on the market now. The Maytag you buy now IS a Whirlpool. The Epic IS what was the KitchenAid Ensemble, which is a sibling to Whirlpool's Duet and Kenmore's HE3/4/5 frontloader.
I will not be buying any Maytag appliances in the future. In our early married years we had a set that lasted us over twenty years. Then we bought another set (no it wasn't a front loader) and we have had the washing machine repaired two times in three years. The dryer never dries on the first "run through". I am constantly calling down to my son to "twist" the dryer again. It used to dry a load in about 45 minutes. Now it takes an entire afternoon! I asked the Maytage repairman the last time he was here why that was. He said, and I quote, "they just don't make 'em like they used to." Meaning, if they don't break down he don't make money. Also, it has something to do with being energy efficient.
Get the warranty, no matter what the brands are! I got it on my front loader, ($90 at Home Depot for 4 years), and will give me a piece of mind for the next 5 years if anything go wrong.
You'll be happy with them.. I love that I can dry 9 pairs of jeans in 35 to 40 minutes. (Now hang all my laudry out in the summer to save on gas even more)
I don't think they make washer and dryers to last 20 years anymore so for your peace of mind you probably want to get the extended warranty. We had our Maytag - less than 5 years old stop going into spin cycle - though to be honest - the spin cycle was never 100% reliable from early on. We got the 5 year warranty on our Whirlpool washer so hopefully we don't have to budget for repairs or replacing a washer/dryer in the next five years.
Note that the Maytag warranty essentially only lasts 1 year now. Year 2-10 only covers the motor & wash basket, and you pay the labor.
See link for yourself, from their own website.
Here is a link that might be useful: Maytag Warranty