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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2013, 04:15:27 PM »
Why do I suspect that this is not to provide better service for the consumer, but rather to tighten up more on the tech?  I hear that GE charges its contract techs $500 bucks a year for the info necessary to fix their machines.  What next, another $500 for the smart phone codes?

I was just looking at a samsung fridge.  The defrost heater is built int to the evaporator -  it is not available separately. 
The evap unit is only $65, but the HVAC tech who has to install it will be $450...

I guess this stuff will continue until the consumers storm the castle with torches and pitchforks

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2013, 04:21:58 PM »
First contact from outer space maybe to a Smart Appliance.I hope its G.E.

Offline Bailey

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2013, 09:11:35 AM »
Are any of you techs excited about this? I'm not. I also disagree with the statement that they will be more reliable.I really can't see where this improves anything. Dryers don't dry any faster. Refrigerators don't get any colder. They cost more to purchase,cost more to repair and don't last as long. All of this green energy and technology comes at a cost to the consumer. 5 years and counting.

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2013, 09:31:25 AM »
5 years and counting must mean retirement?Less than two years here.Wife is already retired.Honestly i cannot wait.Let the next generation deal with this stuff.40 years doing this.I can say this that i use to enjoy fixing appliances but those days are gone.

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2013, 10:02:09 AM »
Why do I suspect that this is not to provide better service for the consumer, but rather to tighten up more on the tech?  I hear that GE charges its contract techs $500 bucks a year for the info necessary to fix their machines.  What next, another $500 for the smart phone codes?

I was just looking at a samsung fridge.  The defrost heater is built int to the evaporator -  it is not available separately. 
The evap unit is only $65, but the HVAC tech who has to install it will be $450...

I guess this stuff will continue until the consumers storm the castle with torches and pitchforks
I buy evap. Asm. Remove heater with needle nose plyers, & put heater on old evap. wear gloves while doing it, takes about 1 hr.

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Offline niobrara

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013, 10:05:33 AM »
Me To.

Offline andersenappliance

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #7 on: August 14, 2013, 10:34:50 AM »
I haven't had to replace a heater on a heater-and-evap-in-one model yet, but you can bet that I'd have found a way to do it without opening up the sealed system!

I'd have probably just tried to get the approximate size and work it in.  At $65, buying the whole unit and just using the heater like you guys do is probably the best way to go.

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2013, 10:40:17 AM »
First contact from outer space maybe to a Smart Appliance.I hope its G.E.
Maybe GE appliances will run skynet...

Offline Wedgeman55

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Re: Smart Appliances
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2013, 08:54:35 PM »
I think we are all too pessimistic.   There are plenty of old appliances left, at least around here.   And I don't see this whole thing taking teeth until well after I'm retired.    Dab, I've been in this 40 years myself.    I just don't see this taking hold at all.   Just my opinion.
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