Our front-load washer is leaking from the drum seal, and when I pulled off the back panel I noticed gunk around the bearings. My next step will be to pull out the drum assembly to look at the spider. If all I need to repair are the seal and rear shell with bearings, the repair parts will be around $250. I like the idea of keeping this machine going as it has worked well for us, and has not had daily use (so perhaps it's not that old?). The lack of electronic read-outs on this model also means it works well with our off-grid power system. Is it worth repairing, or so old that some other part will break soon anyway? I think if I could hope for a few more years of use, the repair cost would be similar to the life cost on a new washer, since they're only supposed to last 6-7 years. For new, we're looking at the newer model of the same machine, since it fits in the space and fits the stackable dryer on top. It's $6-800.
Thanks for any advice,
PS Where do all the old washers go?