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We have another thread on inverter vs regular air-conditioning units the issue was the unprotected vulnerable circuit boards, so now I wonder if these circuit boards also get fried the same way on the automatic washers?

We went through two circuit boards on our automatic Frigidaire/White Westinghouse Washer top loader the repairs were 5,000 pesos each so went back to the Sharp manual washer/spinner combination but now after 5 years of manual operating it I've had enough and too many rinses the water should be heated in order for the detergent to break down, my wife rinses the clothes a total of 3 times so now I'm looking at washers that have an internal water heating unit, I have found two units, one from Whirlpool the other from Panasonic so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these self heating automatic washers and what about their circuit boards?

It's real difficult to find a review on washer units, I've found a few but not much on the longevity or frequent expensive repairs.
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We have another thread on inverter vs regular air-conditioning units the issue was the unprotected vulnerable circuit boards, so now I wonder if these circuit boards also get fried the same way on the automatic washers?

We went through two circuit boards on our automatic Frigidaire/White Westinghouse Washer top loader the repairs were 5,000 pesos each so went back to the Sharp manual washer/spinner combination but now after 5 years of manual operating it I've had enough and too many rinses the water should be heated in order for the detergent to break down, my wife rinses the clothes a total of 3 times so now I'm looking at washers that have an internal water heating unit, I have found two units, one from Whirlpool the other from Panasonic so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these self heating automatic washers and what about their circuit boards?

It's real difficult to find a review on washer units, I've found a few but not much on the longevity or frequent expensive repairs.
I'm from the UK so top loading is a quaint concept. We have just bought a Samsung front loading washing machine, an upgraded vesion of the one we have been running in the UK for about 5 years.
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I'm from the UK so top loading is a quaint concept. We have just bought a Samsung front loading washing machine, an upgraded vesion of the one we have been running in the UK for about 5 years.
I would go for the Panasonic, Whirlpool has had too many recalls recently with machines etc catching fire.
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A friend of mine bought a Speed Queen, but he said he made sure it was knobs, not a circuit board. This place is hell on electronics.
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Good point Gary and it didn't really set into me quickly but the clothes would get much cleaner in a front loader so I'm checking out prices right now, I found one it's a 7.5 kilo washer but the price is 34,000 pesos and a Samsung combination washer/dryer 46,000 pesos.

I do need a washer that can heat the water and so far I've only come across Whirlpool, Panasonic and Electrolux.

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Good point Gary and it didn't really set into me quickly but the clothes would get much cleaner in a front loader so I'm checking out prices right now, I found one it's a 7.5 kilo washer but the price is 34,000 pesos and a Samsung combination washer/dryer 46,000 pesos.

I do need a washer that can heat the water and so far I've only come across Whirlpool, Panasonic and Electrolux.
Could you put a water heater on the inlet line? Then set whatever temp you wanted...

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I do need a washer that can heat the water and so far I've only come across Whirlpool, Panasonic and Electrolux.[/QUOTE]

Not sure I understand why you need the water heated? Are you saying the soap does not break down without heat, maybe try other detergents before investing in a machine that can heat water.

I have no issues with washing clothes in cold water. My only issue is drying close on a line. Seems to stretch out all my shirts. I thought about a dryer but at 60,000 pesos and up I thought about all the new clothes I could buy.
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We have another thread on inverter vs regular air-conditioning units the issue was the unprotected vulnerable circuit boards, so now I wonder if these circuit boards also get fried the same way on the automatic washers?

We went through two circuit boards on our automatic Frigidaire/White Westinghouse Washer top loader the repairs were 5,000 pesos each so went back to the Sharp manual washer/spinner combination but now after 5 years of manual operating it I've had enough and too many rinses the water should be heated in order for the detergent to break down, my wife rinses the clothes a total of 3 times so now I'm looking at washers that have an internal water heating unit, I have found two units, one from Whirlpool the other from Panasonic so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with these self heating automatic washers and what about their circuit boards?

It's real difficult to find a review on washer units, I've found a few but not much on the longevity or frequent expensive repairs.
I have never had a problem with PCB's with washing machines only gearbox, clutch or drive belt over the last 40 plus years with top loads and bearings with front loads in our furnished rental properties, perhaps the tenants overload. In Oz I have a large Fisher and Paykel top load for 13 or 14 years, my ex wife took the previous F+P when we divorced so I purchased the same, never missed a beat, in saying that there are usually only 2 of us living there and away often so probably only 7 or 8 years of use for a normal family. Hot water wash? What for? I, even my ex wife always washed with cold water and happy with the results, saves energy etc.

https://www.geappliances.com/ge/life...water-wash.htm

As for researching Mark, try this forum. If you can't find what you are looking for then create a thread.

https://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/2764282

I have to laugh though, here in PH Ben purchased a Samsung 12kg top load machine while I was in Oz, I looked at the specs and agreed to buy. I arrived back here a week later, the new machine was still in the box so my first job was to install......... The 12Kg machine here has the same size bowl as our 8Kg machine in Oz. I had to put another tap over the wash trough to connect water, connected the W/M drain into the trough and proceeded to wash,,,,,,,,, doh. Turns out this expensive Samsung didn't have a drain pump but instead a drain operated with a solenoid, I had to knock a hole through the wall to drain the machine to the garden...... frustrating but it works and we move the drain hose around to water the garden. No where in the sales brochure did it mention this, The machine seems to wash well but is slower than the one in Oz.

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I have had several front load machines (Hoover), one in our house and 2 in our rental apartments 30 years ago, 4 odd years operation and the bearings holding the drum in place died on all. Back to top load from then on. I am sure though technology and engineering has improved big time so worth looking at. Our biggest gripe with a front load was once it started nothing else could be added, again perhaps that has changed. Front loaders are great space savers and water efficient.

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Not sure I understand why you need the water heated? Are you saying the soap does not break down without heat, maybe try other detergents before investing in a machine that can heat water.

I have no issues with washing clothes in cold water. My only issue is drying close on a line. Seems to stretch out all my shirts. I thought about a dryer but at 60,000 pesos and up I thought about all the new clothes I could buy.
Since childhood I've had issues with the detergents on my skin I get itchy and the well water is a mineral type or hard water so without heat to break it down,it doesn't break down enough and also wastes the detergent, the clothes don't smell so nice either so my wife has to drain them 3 times it's getting old doing this manually, we have the Sharp manual washer and spinner, the spin side though gets the water out and it's nearly dry, I hear you on the damage to the clothes they don't last long.

You mentioned the dryer, I did come across a dryer for 20,000 pesos a branded one, forgot the name, I was searching I think on Abensons appliances and notices they were affordable. I'm looking at both front loaders and top loaders and also trying to find information on mechanical issues, so far both the front load and top load both seem to have their own mechanical problems.

I had a real nice Whirlpool set in the US for a couple decades and for sure it still needed repair after only 4 years.
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