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I am grumpy this morning.
Our washing machine went Tango Uniform yesterday.
I confronted the suspect and he claimed it washed his clothes just fine, so it could not have been him that broke it.
Mrs ERJ presented a broken piece that she found. It was part of the latch mechanism.
It seems likely somebody was a hurry and opened the lid to the washing machine before it was done spinning. If brute force does not work, they you probably are not using enough of it.
Nanny State Intervention
Appliance companies are eager to appease the eco-terrorists who run the EPA and Energy Department.
They strive to get gold stars and A+ for energy efficiency.
To do that, they load their offerings with sensors. In this case, the high spin speed needed to reduce the energy consumed to dry the clothing necessitates a sensor to ensure the lid is locked.
Of course, hanging clothing on a line outside uses virtually no energy, but all assumptions are for maximal user laziness.
|>PA means the part is made of polyamide more commonly known as nylon|
A kid yanking up on the lid will snap the nylon locking tab. The electric solenoid has sensors to ensure the tab is engaged.
The washing machine will not run if the tab is broken.
NOT EVEN IF THE LOWEST SPIN SPEED (no spin) IS SELECTED.
The replacement part is $61 but delivery takes two weeks.
I want to hit my head with a hammer. Totally stupid move by SOMEBODY that broke a part that is unnecessary. There is no work-around short of purchasing a new, fragile part and installing it. The washer will not run even with ZERO spin speed selected.
The universe is conspiring against people smart enough to not open equipment while it is spinning. We end up subsidizing the people who belong in a no-moving-parts, made-of-concrete environment.
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