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GE GE 3.4 IEC cu.Feet. PermaTuf ExtrAction basket washer

GE 3.4 IEC cu.ft. PermaTuf ExtrAction basket washer
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Customer Reviews for GE GE 3.4 IEC cu.Feet. PermaTuf ExtrAction basket washer
Review 1 for GE GE 3.4 IEC cu.Feet. PermaTuf ExtrAction basket washer
Overall Rating -
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Simple, effective, very good quality-price ratio,
December 25, 2011
from Montreal, QC
" I was first afraid by the noise mentioned on the only other review, but on my washer that noise is much, much lower. In fact this machine is not noisier than my old Kenmore. The water level is exactly as presented on the pictures. Very reasonable vibration during spinning cycle. Good washing, rinsing and spinning. Maybe water could be a little bit warmer on warm position but this is relative because in winter tap water is extremely cold here in Montreal. Rinsing is only on cold water. The old Kenmore had more temperature options. I like the PermaTuf ExtrAction basket, I think it makes the washing process more effective. I just used this washer for 5-6 loads with no surprises so far. Home Depot service was very good. Shipping made by Mabe was also very good. I purchased an extended warranty as I see that today's appliances are not as reliable as older machines. At least I'm covered for 5 years with this extended warranty. So far I think the product deserves 5 stars, I’m pleased with it. "
How would you rate your home improvement expertise?Handyman
Review 2 for GE GE 3.4 IEC cu.Feet. PermaTuf ExtrAction basket washer
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1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Noisey Machine!,
August 16, 2011
from Toronto
" I ordered this from HD and had it delivered (as a washer / dryer set) - that part of the shopping experience was GREAT. On delivery and after hook up of this washer, once I turned the hot/cold water taps on, a small stream of hot water started to enter the tub, even with the machine off!
Since running a few loads, this has stopped but I don't feel confident enough to leave this machine with the water taps on, for fear it will leak again and over fill the tub in my absence. A sticky solenoid valve maybe?
But this was the first disappointment. The second came when I filled the machine and did a test load (empty, no clothes). Yes, the shipping rods are out and I checked the balance with a level and the machine (on a concrete condo floor) is level! The agitator moves back and forth very quickly making a loud sound - louder than I expected and louder than I'm happy with. It's hard to describe the sound - like a loud hacksaw. And intermittently while agitating, I can hear a muffled bang-bang coming from inside. Not too loud but definitely noticeable and this does NOT sound normal to me!! I've since tried a few loads with clothes: towels, jeans, shirts - no difference in the sound. In fact, on one of the cycles, during the rinse cycle, as the machine is filling with water, the agitator begins to start before the tubs is fully filled with water and I only see this as being hard on the motor / agitator but more importantly hard on the clothes. I can see th clothes not surviving for too long in this machine.
One positive is that it does seem to spin them relatively 'dry' - certainly not sopping wet. They dried quickly in the dryer.
I've since called HD back to return these and I'll choose something else (I've reviewed and reviewed CR and other reviews on top load / front load machines).
As a foot note: this machine was replacing a previous 4 yr old GE "hydro-wave" top loader that had the transmission / shaft assembly fail (repair too costly - = the cost of a new machine). Prior to this, I had a Frigidaire front load that had a main bearing failure at the 5 yr mark. You'd think I was hard on these machines but IMO I don't think so: 4-5 loads a week, two adults, no kids, single user, HE soap only, no overloading, not a 'looky-loo" opening the lid all the time... Lemons or real duds. Either way expensive disappointments!
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How would you rate your home improvement expertise?Do-It-Yourself