The Whirlpool top load washer design has had three significant changes over the last 35 years. Whirlpool established itself as the world’s largest manufacturer of washing machines using a belt driven model. These models were sold under the private label Sears Kenmore name as well as under Whirlpool’s name. Dean Landers, founder of Landers Appliance received extensive training and experience on these machines during the late seventies and early eighties. These Whirlpool washers were very sturdy but their tub sizes were restricted and they had a lot of moving parts making it expensive to manufacture. Whirlpool changed their design in the mid 1980’s to a direct drive model. When the service industry first saw the machine everyone worried that this washer would not provide enough repair business for the industry to survive. The old staple repairs performed on the belt driven model, such as replacing a locked up pump and a broken belt of which all the technicians at Landers Appliance carried on our service vehicles, were no longer included in the new machines makeup. The new washing machines were, surprisingly very durable with substantially fewer moving parts, ultimately requiring fewer repairs. They were also noticeably lighter in weight.
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