My washer and dryer went out with a bang yesterday. LITERALLY.
The washer had just begun a spin cycle when suddenly there was a loud explosive sound inside the machine, followed by a strong smell of burning electronics. Luckily the circuit breaker flipped immediately and the electrical current was cut off, but the circuits in the electronic panel had already scorched and melted. There is more visible burn damage in the motor relay near the washer drum and much of the interior wiring burned. The washer and dryer were a stacked unit and shared the same electronics, and the electronics are a mess. Repairing them isn’t feasible because we bought this Maytag set twenty-nine years ago, and most of the parts are no longer available.
It’s amazing, really, that the washer and dryer lasted all these years… but it also feels odd… I guess because despite their advanced age, up until the explosion both machines were still “working.” We had decided not to replace them until we absolutely had to.
And now we absolutely have to.
Change happens really fast sometimes.