I'm retiring a fleet of frigidaire FTF style washers which preformed reasonably well for us but the ghosts in the machines have been increasing as they approach more than a decade in service. I've done several basket replacements when the pot metal support arm fails, which as long as the controls are resilient I'm glad to do. Frigidaire warranties the basket and i buy a new rear tub so i get a new bearing and seal. of course i've replaced legion door switches and several motor controllers that had apparent damage. but now i'm getting ghost failures and it isn't clear if it is controller or motor or who timer. unfortunately there are a couple generations and it isn't always possible just to switch in known working components i have on hand.
i also have a couple of the maytag neptune series of similar age. I don't know if maytag still makes a version of this washer, e.g. MAH4000. It appears these had some controller problems related to the wax motor in the door latch, fixes well detailed in this AJ thread
. Not sure if just prophylactically replacing the wax motor would head off the board failure or not?
So I'm not sure if this is a line I should pursue as a modest price resilient front loader. I'm open to any suggestions of lines/models that seem to be getting the job done. Especially with washers in apartment house service a decade is a reasonable service life. I'm not looking for the old diehard maytags that were going 40 years later. I just need that decade not to be constant headaches and what does pop up for problems to be readily addressable with good documentation and parts availability.
In some ways, I know, I'm asking in the wrong place since if the washers seldom need repair and are fairly simple to repair when they break then my fellow techs aren't going to have a lot of info in that respect. But I'm hoping if anybody has developed any affection for any approaches out there at the moment they could share their observations about machines i should consider. We operate about a dozen and i like to try to get into the same line so i can keep parts on the shelf and familiarize myself with maintenance for the fleet.