Many of you know of the exploits of my resurrected Maytag Neptune 4000. A couple of years ago, I inherited a non-working Neptune 4000 with a bad control board and other issues. I installed a repaired main control board, a new wax motor and all was well.
The Neptune sits out in my steel garage (unheated) where I connect the garden hose and do laundry from time to time.
Recently, it has gotten very cold here in Dixie, well below freezing and down into low teens for days on end with no above freezing temperatures.
Well, today the snow finally melted and the temperatures went into the 50s. So, I went out to the garage and opened up Neptune only to find some water and frozen clothes in the tub.
This can’t be good, I thought. I connected the garden hose (I had to thaw it out to get water to flow), plugged the cord in and pushed start. I was greeted by thumping partially frozen clothes tumbling inside the washer. Oh what the heck, let it go…more water comes into the machine…finally the first rinse…wash water and ice squirt out of the drain hose…that can’t be good?
Next rinse and the water keeps flowing…it doesn’t stop when the tub is filled…Oh, what the heck, it’ll be OK…
Finally, the last rinse and the last of the ice comes out of the drain hose. Spin completes and I am greeted by the 6 beeps indicating the cycle is complete.
So, what does it take to stop one of these old Neptunes? The heat of a steel garage in summer has no effect, freezing winter temperatures don’t seem to bother it? What gives?
Do other front loader brands possess the same indifference to the operating environment?
Finally, any of you have any old Neptunes you would like to get rid of, let me know.