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My Servis washing machine packed up a few weeks ago after 13 months of use! The engineer said it would be dearer to fix it than get a new one, as the computer chip part had blown! He charged me £45 call out to tell me that! Oh joy!
I found this whirlpool in Argos sale so ordered it, having previously been very pleased with my whirlpool.
It arrived! Hubbie and I had decided that we could install it easily enough, as had done so with other machines! We looked in the manual and saw pictures of 4 transit screws which needed to be removed, and words matched the pictures, so we removed 4 transits screws! We then attached the cold only pipe, and drainage, and put on the first load! We have never heard such a racket in our lives, loud shaking, vibrating, hammering noises! It seemed to get worse and worse until finally the load finished! Alarmed we rang Argos, they told us to ring whirlpool! Whirlpool told us that the guide book is not accurate, but actually there are white plastic screws which also need to be removed before use or the machine would be damaged! We said this seemed a little odd and they agreed!!! So back out came the machine and we wrestled with the white plastic screws to remove them! No joy! So we got out a large screw driver to prise them out, and one snapped off! So the screw was still inside, the head now on our floor, and the machine not in useable position! We rang whirlpool back and they finally sent an engineer out to remove the screw from the inside! But we still feel that transit bolts should not pose this much of a problem!
Once the bolts were finally out the machine was great!
Fairly small drum as 5kg but plenty for us. Normal wash cycles for various materials, all clearly stated on the machine itself. Dial to change the spin speeds. It is electronic so you need to reset to 0 each time at the end of a cycle, plus you have light to tell you which stage of the cycle you are in. I love the 30 min half load, as this proves very handy. It has rinse hold, which is great if you are popping out, as it keeps your clothes in cold water prior to the final spin, to save them creasing up. It also has a delay wash button so you can set it to start in 1, 3 , 5 or 7 hours time.
Personally I prefer to old manual machines where less seemed to go wrong, but you simply can't get them these days! I just hope this one will last longer than 13 months! But so far so good, cleans well, spins well! But don't forget to remove the white transit bolts too!!!
Due to the householders winning some money to put towards new appliances at a local appliance store, they thought it was time to replace our 8 year old AEG OKO-Lavamat washing machine which was worn out after doing many wash loads per day. We had looked over brochures and asked our washing-machine repairman what was the best front-loading machine for our situation and we agreed on the Whirlpool 8123 machine. Once it was installed, we found that it could deal with heavy workloads effectively. This machine is one of those with an electronic control system but you select the cycle using a knob rather than buttons. This means that there isn't a mechanical timer that is likely to fail under heavy use; and therefore there are more operational advantages over that method; like knowing how much time is left for the washload. One cycle that we found so useful for our situation was the "Rapid Plus" cycle that would be complete in 30-45 minutes. This came into its owne with a single mother who doesn't have her own washing machine (hers was stolen while it was in storage) because she comes around to our place and does her household washing with this machine. Another feature that she appreciates is the "time remaining" display that shows how much time is left on the cycle - this means she can reckon how much time she has until the clothes are ready to be picked up. Another feature that we appreciate is the 1400rpm spin speed which allows for quicker drying times for the clothes. This allows for quicker turnaround for clothes, especially if there is a big pileup of washing; which is of importance if the machine has to service two households. When you load or unload the machine, the doorway is just about as big as the inner drum. This allows you to load the machine more quickly and see any clothes that have clung to the drum after the spin cycle. As far as durability is concerned, I reckon that we will expec
t at least 8-9 years of service out of the machine. I would certainly recommend this as a machine for use in large households or busy households.
Wash Rating:A / :B / Spin Speed:1300 / Load Capicity (in kg):6 / :80 x 96 x 58 cm / Washing Machine Type:Frontlader / Short name: Whirlpool AWM 8123