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Cabe Atwell
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Re: making it last
Cabe Atwell   4/24/2014 2:39:28 PM
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My Maytag washer just took a dive as well. Conveniently right after the warranty expired. 

James Patterson
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Re: making it last
James Patterson   4/9/2014 7:35:17 PM
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I bought a bunch of Maytag appliances when Chainsaw Al was running the company. They are all junk. I finally found an adaptive defrost circuit for the refrigerator that lasts. It not a maytag part its made by Capable Controls. After replacing the Maytag part 3 times this aftermarket part lasts. Sometimes the aftermarket supplies superior parts.

William K.
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Re: Longevity, and that service contract offer
William K.   4/9/2014 4:19:34 PM
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I also just had an offer of various levels of service contract by my electric company. The rates vary from an entry level $96 per year on up to "a whole lot more". I repair my own appliances and on many occasions an item can be repaired instead of being replaced. I know that no service person will ever dress contacts or lubricate a sealed timer motor, and also that none of them would ever consider replacing a failed part on a circuit board. So while it might possibly be a bit more convenient for some, it would be a poor choice for me. Besides that, many years nothing has any problems at all, so in addition I come out money ahead on that. The main items that have failed in the past 15 years have been an oven pilot light interlock thermostat and a timer in a 25 year old dishwasher. Thereplacement thermostat was about $17, the dishwasher was replaced with a modern one. 

Cadman-LT
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Re: Back then
Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 6:05:18 AM
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I always like hearing stories of people fixing things. My buddy was throwing out a space heater because the fan was too loud. I took it in and found the problem. I used it for 2 years it just finally died a few weeks ago...not sure if I'll try to fix it or not.

Cadman-LT
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Back then
Cadman-LT   3/15/2014 6:00:57 AM
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I would have thought the older model would have been built better. I guess they still built decent stuff even up to what was it...82. Nowadays they build stuff to last a few years and be thrown away. 

Colorado Native
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Re: Longevity
Colorado Native   3/14/2014 8:18:56 PM
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Actually, I can outdo your airconditioner among other things.  My Mother bought her Father-in-Law a swamp cooler in 1942, after he passed away, it was moved to my parent's house (now mine).  After about 35 years of yearly summer service, the original motor bearings finally failed and had to be replaced, at the same time I replaced the pillow block bearings on the blower cage as they were getting a bit sloppy.  A second motor only lasted 15 years before the bearing died.  After 65 years of service, I reluctantly agreed to replace the airconditioner with a new unit.  That one has not fared nearly as well, the motor in it died last year after less than five years, frozen bearing and the pillow blocks are already sloppy.  The galvanizing of the water tray is already peeling off, pretty pathetic considering that the new airconditioner cost nearly 8 times as much as the old one.

We had a Hotpoint electric water heater, in its 35 years it developed a tiny leak in the glass 'bottle', it could not be repaired because the repairman said that the water heater manufacturers had 'leaned' on the manufacturer of the special plug they made which could seal the leak...hence, had to replace the heater with a new unit, surprisingly, that one (a Sears) is still running after nearly 25 years although I have had to replace the thermal switches in it and the pressure relief valve.  My Aunt wasn't nearly so lucky, her Sears unit kept overheating (despite replacing the thermal switch) after about 8 years and blowing the pressure valve, creating quite a mess in the basement, it was replaced.

I have had many other appliances from my Grandparents and parents which lasted as long as 50 plus years with only minor repairs...fat chance of that happening today!  A Speedqueen dryer, 35+ years, motor contacts wore out, Fridgedaire washer, bronze bearings wore out after 35+, two Hoover vacuums, 30+ for the upright, 40+ for the cannister (still running).  They don't make them like they used to!

Charles Murray
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Re: making it last
Charles Murray   3/14/2014 7:02:15 PM
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Another Maytag consumer heard from. You're certainly not the first, Noor Khalsa.

Charles Murray
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Re: Must be a record
Charles Murray   3/14/2014 6:59:17 PM
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Yikes! A potscrubber that's 41 years old? I would be shocked if any reader can top that. By the way, I agree with your avoidance of GE appliances.

oldjimh
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long lived dishwasher
oldjimh   3/12/2014 3:50:14 PM
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 I have a Potscrubber 700 that's doing just fine also. Believe it is original equipment ~1980 when condo was built.

It suffered a minor leak because the installer neglected to put a hose clamp on drain line where it leaves dishwasher.  Friction fit held water until 2006....


I shuddder when see new appliances with circuit boards chock full of aluminum electrolytic capacitors and power semiconductors....


Anyone had experience with LG appliance service?  They told me they won't deal with homeowners,  you have to be  a service shop with an account.  Can't even get a service manual .
  That's grounds for shunning the brand,  in my opinion.

It's back to Sears/Whirlpool/GE for me.

TJ McDermott
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How Long?
TJ McDermott   3/12/2014 10:22:18 AM
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I can take it as given that we all think major appliances should be durable and last longer than the warranty.

Further, we probably all wish manufacturers would design for customer maintainability with repairable parts or at least easily replaced parts.

The question is, how long should replacement parts be made available?  Keep in mind that some company has to stock the parts.  Keeping parts for a 31-year old dishwasher could be considered excessive.

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