Improper maintenance will cause periodical breakdown of the machines causing avoidable expenses. Some of the consumers are under the impression that warranty conditions attached to the machines will take care of the expenses in case of breakdowns. But they forget the fact that they can invoke the warranty conditions only for inherent manufacturing defects and not for defects caused by improper handling and maintenance of the machines. In many cases manufacturers find that the problems caused to the machines are not due to any deficiency on their parts, but due to sheer negligence of the users. Ultimately consumers will have to pay for the repairs or replacements of the parts in the machines, causing avoidable expenses.
Whatever you decide to do, be sure that you're making an informed decision. Whether you opt to try your hand at DIY Maytag washing machine repair or you choose to scrap the old, worn-out unit in favor of a shinier model, it's your responsibility as a consumer to educate yourself about all of the available options.