I am the *ahem* proud owner of a Frigidaire GLTF2940FS2
front loader whose poor design where servicability and longevity are concerned can turn what should be a $50 parts cost bearing replacement into $700 150 lb. landfill deposit of broken parts. The need for an entire new drum because the hub and spoke spider reacts with softened water and/or bleach and the 'spider' is not able to be ordered separately from the tub. Then there is the bearing, which is molded into the tub (instead of merely a sleeve that a bearing can be pressed and unpressed from). Plus, I understand that brushes for the motor cannot be ordered. To top it all off is this hidden test tube in a rubber boot 'filter' that protects debris from the pump's impeller. You know, the job that requires you unstack, lay the washer on the side, pry off the clamps, and dump out. This thing collects tons of change, paperclips, washers, etc. because of a poor front gasket/seal design. What were they thinking?
As to not repeat my folly of purchasing utter and complete garbage, I decided to browse repair forums and attempt to grab a service manual to understand how the thing is put together and see the parts unit breakdown. These things should be easily downloadable by anyone, I don't understand why they are not. If anyone has access to either of these manuals or a parts breakdown, please let me know - I don't see them linked on the site.
In any case, if you (the repair technician who has seen it all) were buying a new front loader, which of the two would you select? The decision is limited to models Sears carries (as I have a credit coming), and I like the feature of these two where the pump pre-filter can be easily cleaned, plus these two brands are 'tied' for having the least repairs according to Consumer Reports. Since they are newer models, there is not much data on them specifically, but how would you guys/gals rate the more recent stuff from each brand against each other?
Thanks for your time and input,