It came with the house, as did all the other appliances, and it seemed to be in pretty good shape when we moved in 6 months ago:
(This was during the home inspection)
Well, about a week ago, I washed some bathmats and other scatter rugs and apparently the rugs were too heavy and caused the machine to become unbalanced, which then caused it to pull away from the wall. This stretched out one of the hoses and created a semi-large puddle on the floor. When my husband saw this, he immediately thought it was a leak created from the hose.
After pulling it away further to inspect it more thoroughly, he discovered that part of the bottom of the machine was completely corroded:
We talked to my Dad about it, but he said the cost to repair it, plus just having someone come out to look at it, would be about the price of a new machine.
So, even though this wasn't in our financial forecast for 2011, we figured it made sense to just upgrade the machine now and not have to worry about it for at least another 10-15 years
We took a drive down to Sears and found a great machine at a great price (plus we could use our Sears card to get even more of a discount and great financing, and they gave us a rebate to mail in for the cost of the delivery fee - score!)
As of Friday, this baby will be part of the family:
I love that it's going to save water, $$ and get our clothes even cleaner than before!