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By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« on: May 03, 2016, 10:38:30 AM »
I don't know about anyone else, but seems like I see a lot of washers not making it to ten years.


http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2009/03/by-the-numbers-how-long-will-your-appliances-last-it-depends/index.htm

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2016, 07:02:07 PM »
Usually tell most folks 12 yrs on most appliances, sometimes your on the high side, sometimes your on the low side of the average. I do agree that  washers are under 10 years now, seems more like 6 years on newer design washers before tub seal, bearings, trans, or clutch are blown.

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2016, 07:24:35 PM »
most I see are 5-7yrs

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2016, 10:17:20 PM »
I've been telling people 7-10 years for washers and dishwashers. And that's pretty sad considering I'm on year 20 on my direct drive washer and companion dryer. And year 10 on my tall tub kitchen aid dishwasher. If people would just take care of their stuff, it would last a lifetime. But i guess it's a good thing they don't.  Keeps us in business.  O0
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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2016, 11:33:20 PM »
But i guess it's a good thing they don't.  Keeps us in business.  O0

Guess that depends on who "us" is. :)

If "us" includes sales and service that's great! You can sell them a new one if they decide not to repair the old appliance.

If there is no "us" and it's just one service tech with no new sales to fall back on once a appliance is no longer feasible to repair then it's maybe not such a good thing.

Collecting a service call only and seeing the customer go by a new appliance can hurt the pocket of a tech only shop and makes it even harder to grow large enough to ever hire people so you can do sales and service.

Sure maybe a one tech only shop or even a mom and pop shop can do a little sales during the day and the tech can deliver in the evenings after running service calls, but who wants to put in them kind of hours day after day for what it ends up paying.

Maybe I'll be in a better mood in the morning. ;)

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2016, 09:24:13 PM »
I don't know about anyone else, but seems like I see a lot of washers not making it to ten years.

What changed, or do I even need to ask?  My mom bought a washing machine and dryer set when I was born or just before.  She still had it when I left home for college and had it when I graduated.  I have a Whirlpool we bought in 2012.  I'm on here because it is already failing!

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2016, 06:20:34 AM »

What changed, or do I even need to ask?
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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2016, 11:02:49 AM »
I am seeing 5 years average if that. The energy savings is killing the industry mainly because the manufacturers are still making them cheap. Why ? To make more money by selling more machines and to " save energy". If a refrigerator cost $1000.00 and last 5 years. You are paying $200.00 a year to buy a refrigerator to save $35.00 a year in energy.The cost of energy to produce and recycle the machine isn't even offset by energy saved. VMW and sealed system are making the top of the list as throw away.I tell my customers to repair the old as long as possible.

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2016, 09:13:47 PM »
I have an old toaster which my grandmother used to use for nearly 40 years.It was chrome plated and worked well for a very long time.Apart from some minor repairs now and then it still works fine.My grandmother is very old and she is under the care of an elderly care service and she left me this old toaster for keepsake before she went.I still use it everyday in the morning to toast bread and I haven't got any problems with it so far. 

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Re: By the Numbers: How long will your appliances last?
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2016, 09:23:45 PM »
My stove is a 1938 O Keefe & Merritt. 2 thermocouples and new valve grease. That's all since built.

 

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