Are more products designed to fail?
Appliances and other consumer goods may have life expectancies that seem way too short, but you can save money even when obsolescence is built in.
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I think part of the problem is appliances have added fancy electronics and microprocessors. I am an engineer, done lots of embedded systems and other work, so I am no tech hater. But when you add a bunch of printed circuit boards, processors, and software, there is much more to go wrong.
I had a power surge (due to a poor ground) in my RV. The Washer/Dryer, Microwave, and DVD player all simultaneously blew out ... even though none of them were turned on! No breaker or fuse blew. But the fancy capacitance control panel is "always on", and always ready to blow out. The Washer/Dryer literally lit up like a fourth of July sparkler. The Microwave and DVD player just smelled of burning insulation and were dead. All of these have capacitance control panels, not a physical button to be seen.
We got a new Fridge and it had the repair man out 3 times replacing electronics as it COULD NOT KEEP THE TEMP! Now we moved to a new place, and that fridge is stuck saying "power fault", and wont dispense ice or water, and it is also a problem with the electronics.
I am no luddite, but in the old days there were simple mechanical switches, off meant off, and there were not any computer chips and circuit boards were big, with beefy components and a simple design.
This new tech brings some good things, but reliability is not one of them.
If you go out and find an American made product, it will last, but thanks to the idiots who run retail outlets, it all Chineese made junk. God I hate that country, it truely is the cess pool of the world.
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