In praise of Angel Acevedo, washing machine impresario


Being a bookish nice Jewish boy (not sure how many of those words are redundant), fixing a washing machine is waaay outside my areas of competency. But desperate times call for desperate measures. When the machine gave up in mid-load with an acrid smell, an impotent whirring sound, and three house guests en route, I siphoned out the soapy water and turned to the Internets. They did not let me down.

Angel Acevedo (not the movie director, nor the Cuban pro wrestler, but the information-age Maytag man) came to my rescue. With literal fanfare, he showed me how to pry open the washer, remove the motor, and then reinstall it once I’d put a new gizmo on the whosamajiggie. Even if you never plan to poke your head inside the guts of your large appliances, you have to watch one of these videos for the sheer joy of watching a man doing what he does best. And sharing it with the world, thanks to a philosophy of empowerment and self-reliance:

I really believe that most home owners could repair their washers & dryers themselves, if they could get the proper instructions.  That is the reason that I put together this website.

He does ask for a donation, which, given what he saved me (new washer $700; repair visit who knows; actual cost to repair it myself, $35 in parts), I’ll be making happily.

Now, back to that load of cloth napkins, happily agitating away.

One comment

  1. david G. MacKay · · Reply

    Angel Acevedo ‘s U tube video help me safety and cost effectively get my Maytag dryer operational again- the man is aces with me. I made a lot of notes and diagrams and made sure I felt comfortable with the procedures before going ahead. I replaced the dryer cord and the high limit thermostat. My voltameter enabled me to carry out the required tests which save time and money. I took a long time to finish the job and i had to invest in a few tools like a 1/4 inch nut driver and needle nose pliers. The next job if required will be quicker and cheaper because I now have some experience working with this old but excellent dryer.

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