I just began having plumbing problems due to a defective dip tube. It’s my understanding that it’s too late to file a claim because the deadline was December 31, 2000. Plumbers were hired in December 2000 to determine the problem and it took several visits before they realized that it was the now infamous dip tube. My washing machine is now broken because of the particles flowing through the water line. Two questions; Can I still file a claim since the problem was just diagnosed in January 2001? How long does it take for the particles to clear out, or can measures be taken to clear them out? Thanks!