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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wednesday Weekly Stock: Washing Machines

Every week at W.L. May we have several items we feature as good parts to consider adding to your stock. These parts also have special pricing available. For pricing details, ask your account representative for more information. This week we look into the world of washing machines.

Several the washing machine items that are being featured this week were also featured a few months ago. We return to them because of their consistent popularity. Those parts are:

  • 70143, Screen hose washers
  • 285352, Oil seal kit for direct drive input shaft
  • TB123a Spanner wrench for Whirlpool. Maytag, and GE
  • CW-151 Universal water valve

There are some new pieces to add to the mix of featured items this week as well.

High efficiency front load washers have been popular for many years now. Cost savings for both power and water have driven the success of these units. One of the ways these units save power is by running a faster spin cycle. That greater speed increases the vibration of the machine. In some situations this can cause the machine to rattle loudly or "walk" across the laundry room. Making sure the machine is in balance will often help a lot, but sometimes more is needed. The VA1, or "Vibe-Away" pads are designed to fit under the washing machines legs to absorb the machines vibrations, stopping the rattle and the "walk".

While the Vibe-Away pads can help with excess  vibration, the majority of shake in the machine is absorbed by suspension springs, or "shock absorbers". May of the Whirlpool models will use part W10207783. This is a set of three suspension springs.


Every manufacturer has there own solutions to engineering problems like machine vibration. The Electrolux solution uses 2 instead of 3 suspension springs. These are sold as a set of two using part number 5304485917.


Another call we get regularly involves lid switches for Maytag. These switches incorporate a 4 amp fuse that we get requests for. Whirlpool has decided to stop offering that fuse as an individual replacement part, instead the recommend replacement of the complete switch assembly. We stock that assembly with a part number of 22001682. The assembly includes the fuse, two switches and mounting hardware and brackets.

Finally we look at another part that is in our stock due to numerous requests. LG washer drain pump 4681EA2001T is used on LG and Kenmore models. It should be noted this does not come with the pump casing. It is a genuine OEM part, but due to manufacturers regulations, we are not authorized to supply this part for LG warranty servicing.

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