ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO -- We depend heavily on our washer and dryer in our household... laundry is a daily necessity. (I have an embarrassing medical condition that causes many heavily soiled loads of laundry.) We don't have the time to worry about our washer or dryer not running let alone sitting around waiting for repairmen while the dirty laundry piles up... That's why 12 years ago, when our Whirlpool appliances both started acting up at the same time, we decided to try something new. A close friend had only ever bought Maytag appliances and swore by them, so we decided to try things her way.
We purchased our Maytag Atlantis washer and dryer and have never looked back. They have never given us any problems, they're ready to go each time we have a load to run and they even happily work overtime! My kids have grown and had kids of their own since we purchasing our Maytag Atlantis series and our Maytag is always here for their families' laundry when their non-Maytag brand washer or dryer fail them in their time of need! Our family is happy with the switch from Whirlpool to Maytag and Maytag has proved accurate to their "board repairman commercials", at least in our experience!
I bought a matching Maytag Atlantis top load washer and dryer around 2005. We had problems with the washer from the first day. But I was a very very busy mother and thought the problem was me not knowing how to properly run the machine; sometimes, the spin cycle would just stop. Over the next year I would experiment with changing the buttons and dial combinations or redistribute the clothes, etc. In all instances, the spin cycle would eventually start working again. Over time I did start to notice a pattern. The spin cycle would work for a number of loads and then it would stop working.
But just after about one year of use, I noticed that the problem was worse when I washed with hot or warm water, when the spin cycle would stop after only one or two loads. I discovered that if I waited at least an hour, the spin cycle would start working again. It was a terrible inconvenience and added many hours to the task of doing laundry! By that time the one year warranty had run out. I made some calls and learned we would have to pay over $100 just for a service call -- not including parts and labor.
I decided to live with the problem and hoped that by some miracle it would either fix itself or not get any worse. I have lived with this unbelievably irritating and inconveniencing problem for all these years. At times, the spin cycle would start screeching. At times, it would stop working altogether and I would have to wring out the clothes by hand and dry them for a couple of hours in the dryer!! But then, the next day it would work again!
One time last year when it stopped and I couldn't get it working again, I gave up and called Maytag who referred me to a local Maytag repairman who did finally come to look at the machine. But I was so disgusted with his attitude and became so suspicious that he was not telling me the truth and was lying about what was wrong and how much it would cost, that I basically threw him out of my house and told him he would be lucky if I didn't file charges against both him and Maytag for criminal fraud!
Anyway, lo and behold the machine did start running again, but with the same spin cycle problems I had for 8 years. Today as I waited the hour for the spin cycle to start working again, I decided to look online for complaints and found thousands just like mine. So here is my three cents worth. DON'T TRUST MAYTAG ANYMORE!
NEWTON, FLORIDA -- I have owned an original Maytag made Atlantis Dryer purchased in December of 2001. I just did the first repair in 14 years of ownership. A drum roller that was making noise, cost of part $15.00 plus shipping. I did the repair myself and took about 1 hour in total. The outside cabinet barely shows any rust. I am sorry Whirlpool purchased Maytag because they have killed the name. I have a "Maytag" branded washer which is a Whirlpool inside and the cabinet is rusting in bad condition, the lid is rusting. I will probably have to replace the washer before the dryer.
GLEN ELLYN, ILLINOIS -- The second year I was married (1966) purchased an avocado Maytag washer and dryer, because my mother and father swore by their dependability. My mother's ONLY automatic washer and dryer was a Maytag (replacing her wringer washer and clothesline). In 2002, we handed down our Maytag to my daughter and purchased an Atlantis washer and dryer. Time passed - I recently remarried (2013), and my new husband had a newer washer and dryer, so I stored my Atlantis - hated his, had my 2002 Atlantis set moved in!
I love being able to select the load level and all of the wash options. With his Kenmore, after selecting the wash options, and loading, if you lifted the lid, to add another item it would automatically reset the load level as if it had not filled yet. I have caught it before overfilling and had to spin it out and start again - crazy!
So far Atlantis is trouble free, after all these years. Oh yes, after my daughter moved to a new house she passed on the 1966 washer and dryer to her cousin - and then to another cousin. The young marrieds appreciated the free still working washer and dryer, saving them from having them some of the expense of making a household!
SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA -- OMG I can't believe all the negative things I have read here. I purchased my machines in 2002 and as of today June 2015 I have never had a problem... can I be so lucky that I got the cream of the lot? Maybe I should go play the lotto.
We purchased a Maytag Atlantis Washer and Dryer in 2004, and it was NOT cheap. The dyer was an absolute piece of junk! (The washer not much better, will get there in a minute.) Within the first 12 months the dryer started squeaking as the drum turned. Shortly after the squeaking started, the igniter had to be replaced; our model is gas. That igniter bit the dust in less than a year and a second igniter had to be installed (at $170.00 a pop!). Shortly after that, one of the paddles in the drum came loose and fell out while drying a load of clothes.
I called the repairman—again—he told me it would be a $50.00 service call and 2 hours in labor just to tear the drum apart to screw that paddle back in. I chose not to have it replaced since we had already spent a fortune having two igniters installed where the screws came lose there were rough spots in the drum. Thus, I could no longer dry my delicates in the dryer. Ok…if that is not bad enough, last week I was drying a load of clothes and the dryer started making this very loud grinding noise as the drum turned.
I went in and immediately turned it off. When I opened the dryer door, half the felt gasket that goes around the front of the drum was in the dryer! Uuuuggg……. I am fit to be tied and dealing the “Maytag people” is a waste of time. After the felt gasket came out of the dryer, we took it out to the curb and I bought a Kenmore.
The Atlantis washer has not broken down like the dryer has. However, it does a crap job of washing the clothes and is now starting to make squealing noises when it spins the clothes out. I am sure it is just a matter of time before it too bites the dust. I will NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, own another Maytag product and they will never see another dime of my money! I would rather go down to the river and beat my clothes on the rocks by hand than purchase another one of their crap products!
My husband purchased a brand new washing machine for me. We shopped around and purchased the Atlantis, the middle of the road in pricing, but we thought Maytag was a name we could trust since our parents swore by them; also the Maytag repairman commercial that everyone refers to, how bored he is.
Well, everything went well for the first 2 years and then all of a sudden, the machine stopped spinning. It was the belt and the transmission. A sixty nine dollar service call and then a week and a half without a machine, and then $140 for Labor to remove the transmission and then put the new one in along with the belt, which took him no longer than 30 minutes total. With tax, that was $220.00. Luckily the transmission was covered under warranty.
The repair has lasted; however, another problem occurred two months later. Some pump went. So another $69 for a service call. This time, it was going to be in the area of $200 for the part because it wasn't under warranty and $50 for the labor.
Well, I paid the service call fee and told him to have a nice day. I went to the appliance store and ordered the part myself. My husband put it on. The part was $72 with tax. It took my husband ten minutes to put it on. These people are CROOKS!!! And now my machine is making a squealing noise on the spin cycle. I'm afraid to do laundry. I wished someone would get a class action suit against these idiots!!! I was told by a Maytag salesman that Maytag was cheapened because another company purchased them. How true this is, I haven't a clue.
In the meantime, I see hundreds of people with similar complaints as mine on this garbage machine we all bought and have sunk a ton of money into and/or have been inconvenienced by in one way or another. I really liked my Amana. :) Wished I would have stuck with that brand!
My story is not unlike the rest of you that purchased that high dollar piece of junk. Within the first year I had to have one transmission put in the clunker. Then within the next 1 1/2 yrs, another...now here we are again in time for another one. Lowe's sent me back to Maytag and Maytag helped with the repairs but then the last time it was 'well, we will give you a 10% discount on a new one'. I said, "what do you mean a new one - this one is not 3 yrs old". Why would I buy a new one when this one has a better warranty than Lowe's offers on the new ones?
I have a 5-yr warranty through Maytag on the transmission and 10 on the drum and the new ones have a one year warranty on them. What makes Maytag think I want to buy another one from them? There should be some recourse for us that spend that kind of money on an appliance. 600 dollars - a lot of money in my book. And for them to offer you basically 60 dollars off a on new one when the one you have is less than 3 yrs old - this is disgusting to say the least.
NEW YORK -- My mom's Maytag washer had finally seen better days and she being a loyal Maytag buyer, researched around and purchased a new Maytag Atlantis. From the very beginning the washer was junk, leaving lint and soap powder on all the items washed. Call me crazy but isn't the purpose of washing an item for the end result to be the item to be clean and in good order to wear?
She had the repairman come and he told her that Maytag doesn't make the washers like the old ones, and suggested she switch to liquid detergent and try running a cycle with white vinegar in order to clear any remaining lint. Needless to say, this did nothing and the clothes have dried detergent and lint all over them and are an embarrassment to wear. Does anyone have the address to the Maytag corporate office (not the customer service office)??? Thanks in advance!
MONROE, CONNECTICUT -- Bought Maytag because my mother's is 35 years old and still works good; my set - about 8 years old - has been repaired at least 4 times on each unit. I have become an expert at rebuilding their crap, have paid double and triple of unit cost in repairs. Contacted Maytag and the response was that they are sorry to lose me as a customer. Don't know what I will buy in future but I will never spend money on any Maytag products ever again, and will spend all of my days telling my story to anyone looking at Maytag products in stores. Your customer service is the worst I have ever dealt with, you have ruin the reputation the Maytag founders work so hard to achieve.