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Offline jayman73

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #10 on: October 25, 2008, 09:30:47 AM »

The problem is twofold. First the guidance counselors at schools are not letting students know that this is an excellent field to enter, they are busy pushing everything.  >:(
The second part is our own fault. Why look at the knowledge we need to repair today's appliances and the salaries.
When I was still active in the field a large company who shall remain nameless offered me a position, only problem was the pay was half of what I was already making.  :tickedoff:
Another company said I had a lower credit score then is acceptable to work for them, caring more about that then my experience.  :( :(
I agree its not heard "when I grow up I want to repair appliances i fell in to this field but todays appliances are very wide spread Japan mexico korea the other point that i find is how do you justify a $50. call on a dishwasher that is 199 new with a warranty I do a lot of warranty work thank god because the c.o.d call are just not there like they were 10 years ago. they say its a green world some of todays appliances are going to the dump in very little time because the owner will just go and buy another rather than pay even the service call to see whats wrong

Offline appltech

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2013, 10:13:01 PM »
Great insight fellas!

I am a 23 year old technician. I don't remember having much of a choice of working on appliances in my earliest days, as my dad was/is a die-hard GE technician-turned-entrepreneur.

You are correct that high schools aren't making an effort to make kids aware of our field. So much effort is spent on HVAC technicians, that they've forgotten about our field.

Our company has picked up extra warranty work because you nailed it on the head when you said its hard to make a living on CODs when some of these appliances are sold for less than an average repair. Lets not even consider that today's consumers want a professional Grade A servicer at a Grade C price rate.

I foresee that sometime in my life, we'll only be servicing the higher-end appliances, as the prices of basic models continue to drop.

Any thoughts guys?

Offline RegUS_PatOff

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #12 on: February 06, 2013, 02:54:46 AM »
and today's cost of replacement parts !  :ignore:
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Offline Repair-man

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #13 on: February 06, 2013, 04:11:48 AM »
Things may take a dramatic upswing regarding appliance prices after new laws were inposed this month on the import of appliances. See the full article at:

This tax levy will probably affect the cost of parts in our favor, as more manufacturing will be done here in America rather than pay taxes to have them made elsewhere. Whirlpool has recently won a lawsuit against LG due to price-dumping, a practice which dramatically affected sales in the past 4-6 years. As more manufacturing returns to this country, we will see a decrease in parts cost as a result. Whirlpool profits were up 137% in the 4th quarter of 2012, so this is a good start already. Let's hope for our sake that the trend continues....
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Offline def

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #14 on: February 09, 2013, 12:22:14 PM »
Maybe today's consumer will quit buying crappy built high tech expensive junk and wait on some of the old stuff to re-appear. If it was a washer that was ever the baddest to the bone it was the Old style GE with the boot over the tranny and the skinny splines the 4 hose pump with the basket filter. Now that was a sweet machine.

I like the old top loader washers with the simple transmission and the reversible motor. There are 25-30 year old machines (I have one, an old Maytag) that still perform like new and can be repaired with no instructions, low cost parts and 3-4 beers.

The new, high tech stuff with complex control boards and winking-blinking LEDs scare me. The engineers have done their best to make these things look like video games with little concern for reliability or serviceability. When the repairman shows up, its, "You'll need a new control board and the hoiten-groiten needs to be calibrated. The bill will be $500.00.

I used to be able to buy a whole new top loader for $500.00.
I used to repair RADAR then they discontinued vacuum tubes. Pity

Offline RegUS_PatOff

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Re: Appliance repair, a dying trade?
« Reply #15 on: February 09, 2013, 06:41:11 PM »
Whirlpool direct drive ... $ 169 a few years ago
$ 249 one year ago
« Last Edit: February 09, 2013, 06:41:41 PM by RegUS_PatOff »
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