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I used to repair a LOT of discarded Whirlpool washers and dryers made in the 70's/80's, when repairs were really easy to do? Dryers? Usually new drum rollers, to eliminate the 'thumping' sound. Washers? Usually the flexible hub between the motor and transmission. Or a new water valve, to replace one clogged up with grit from dirty water? Sears used to sell the same machines as Kenmore. The average repair at my cost was under $15 for parts?
I had a shelf full of heating elements from dryers that were 'too far gone to fix', as well as used but good drum rollers, washer motors etc. We re-sold these reconditioned machines for about $150 each, and they were as good as new!
One thing I really liked was that Whirlpool washers and dryers were easy to service? I could remove the case on a washer, and with a jumper-wire, run the washer with the case removed while doing service? Dryers? Pop the top, remove 2 screws, remove the front panel, remove the drum to get access to the drum rollers. Put the drum back in, install the drum belt and close it up.
No electronics other than a mechanical timer. Dependable and easy to service.
Now, everything has to have an electronic panel. Just try finding a microwave oven with mechanical timers? One power-line surge, and it's cheaper to throw the old one away and buy a new one!
I still am using a matched pair of Whirlpool washer/dryer that I fixed about 1998. I liked them so much, I took them home. I replaced the washer drive hub once. I replaced the dryer rollers about 2 years ago, and cleaned all the lint out of the ducts while doing it. These units are about 30 years old now, but still work like new. And even look like new! Why would I want a new pair that won't last?
FIX what you have! It is going to usually be cheaper than buying new, especially if what you have in a washer/dryer is an older Whirlpool or Kenmore. Labor will cost more than parts. But, it's still cheaper than buying something new?
Be careful with the service you select, however! Most will try selling you a new unit. They will take your old unit in trade? Then fix it for next to nothing, and sell it at a huge profit!
Dah, isn't SIMPLE to use better than having to dig the manual out, to PROGRAM the digital timer?
Old washers? Select the temperature for the wash, then dial the cycle. Dryers? Select the dryer temperature, then how long to run? Easy to use.
I think it would be very easy to design and manufacture durable appliances that were easy to operate and easy to repair. BUT, that would not serve the industry's desire to justify higher prices, and fancy features to draw the techno-glutens. Hey, I'm waiting for appliances with blue-tooth technology so all I have to do is speak commands to control the device. But then, I'll probably want to wash a load of clothes and turn on the oven instead - how would I know? I don't know or speak Spanish!!!
My advice to the industries? KISS - Keep It Simple, Stupid!!! For crying out loud, just how many ways is there to wash a pair of dirty underwear?
America is now and always has been, governed by BIG BUSINESS interests.
There is NO LEFT there is NO RIGHT - to create division within the people keeps them busy and distracted - fighting amongst themselves.
There is now, and only has ever been THE TOP and the rest, at THE BOTTOM.
"2008 I purchased a new home and purchased all new electronic smart appliances made by Whirlpool, GE and Amana, washer and dryer both broke so many times (electronic boards and such) that I finally threw the dryer in the trash in 2012"
The underlying corruption here is-- the selling of after-sale warranties has become such a huge and lucrative business that these products are engineered to fail. The bigger they are, the more corrupt they are.
5 dying and 5 thriving all surround technology and the growth in technology. Americans must change with these technologies through education and innovation or serve the rest of the world.
The washer flooded the house badly three times, requiring tear-out water restoration repairs including the kitchen and baths totaling 44,000 in costs, some of which I had to pay as deductible.
My house will never be the same. It's a patchwork mess let out to the lowest bidders.
GE refused to take the appliances back, just repair them poorly each time.
I threw them out at the dump (less that one year old), and I will NEVER buy another GE, or any American appliance again.
LG for me.
Buying quality is the best way to get your money worth. Most of my appliances are more than 10 years old and didn't call the repairman yet.
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Apple has a new entry in the cell phone wars. But how often do you buy a new phone?
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