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Old 01-24-2020, 06:20 AM
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I swear every new modern appliance/ hvac component/ plumbing fixture is engineered to crap out after 7-8 years. This year alone I've had to replace a Maytag "commercial grade" washer, an Amana AC condenser, a 75gal RUUD gas water heater, and two Grohe kitchen faucets. All of these items were new when we did a gut job on our home in 2012. Icing on the cake is the replacement water heater came in yesterday with a faulty gas valve. 2-4 business days before I will receive the replacement. Haven't had hot water since Monday and it's freezing out. Yes I maintain my crap, yes I have a water softener. On the bright side my Wolf kitchen appliances have been flawless. First world problems. Frustrated in Missouri.
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Ooh. I'll join! What about dishwashers? We spent all the money on the latest and greatest Bosch stainless "eco friendly" dishwasher at our last place. Never broke, but also never cleaned a damn thing. At our new place they had an old, cheap ass maytag with a dial on it. Works amazing. Progress isn't always a good thing.
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Originally Posted by Basketcase View Post
Ooh. I'll join! What about dishwashers? We spent all the money on the latest and greatest Bosch stainless "eco friendly" dishwasher at our last place. Never broke, but also never cleaned a damn thing. At our new place they had an old, cheap ass maytag with a dial on it. Works amazing. Progress isn't always a good thing.
Funny you mention it. We have the same exact dishwasher and you're absolutely correct. Hasn't broke but doesn't clean well and doesn't dry worth a shit.
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We replaced a 20 year old dishwasher 2 years ago. Not because it didn't work, but because it was crazy loud.
As the new one was installed, I mentioned to the install that hopefully the new one will last as long as the old.. He said "you'll be lucky to get 5 years out of anything new these days". :/
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my stupid expensive Bosch dishwasher is already broken.

the cheapest Home Depot dishwasher we could buy at the bay...still going strong. Same age.
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EPA regulated refrigerants didn't help either.
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My 3 year old GE frig just blew it's second fan motor.
Repairman said the units are now only available from China and are junk!

No kidding!

And I have a 25 year old fridge in my garage used for drinks that never misses a beat.
Single door and ugly.
But will probably out last my "new and improved" one in the kitchen.
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You are correct; they suck...
Old 01-24-2020, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by paulyjsob View Post
We replaced a 20 year old dishwasher 2 years ago. Not because it didn't work, but because it was crazy loud.
Yup! This old maytag sounds like dragging a bag full of coffee cans behind a dump truck but it's worth it! The kitchen is far enough removed from the living space that its not a huge concern. We are faced with a problem though. We want to redo the kitchen and this old ugly thing wont fit aesthetically. We may try and hide it in a cabinet or put one of those facades on it! lol.
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Update. Pulled the gas valve off the old water heater and slapped it on the new one. Back in business for now....
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We had a maytag washer at our condo. It died and was rarely used.

friend of ours w the same one died recently also

Both if thise it was the "computer" not worth fixing

i hated that one anyway it took forever to wash stuff!
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If Sears was smart they could come out with a new Kenmore line called Built Tough in the US. Advertise it will last longer and give a full 5 year warranty. They would have trouble keeping stuff in stock if they could build stuff to last.
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Miele appliances, I'll never use anything else
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Originally Posted by fishingfun View Post
If Sears was smart they could come out with a new Kenmore line called Built Tough in the US. Advertise it will last longer and give a full 5 year warranty. They would have trouble keeping stuff in stock if they could build stuff to last.
Aside from Sears' overall business issues, they did not manufacture any appliances - all Kenmore appliances are private label manufactured by one of the usual suspects - GE, Whirlpool, etc.
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Thank the bean counters who make us design cheap chit to make more profits. No one in upper management cares a darn about what the product is like once it sells. Just put lots of
glitter and BS on it so people will buy it. Then beat manufacturing over the head to make them faster.
I am not going to spend over two grand for any refrigerator on the market today. It will not last 5 years. Now, if someone starts making one without the electronics so it will last and can be repaired, I will buy it. I absolutely do not need to be able to see inside of my refrigerator nor do I need to be able to turn my dishwasher on from my phone.
Sorry, rant over.
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Amen, brothers. I have gotten way too good at replacing parts in brand new appliances and Thank God for the Youtubers that provide the solutions. I remember reading on here about Speed Queen washers and I wanted to say a big Thank You! to whoever posted that. I bought one a few years ago (2017) before the control board issues and it has been flawless. It fills the whole tub with water, has an agitator, manual controls and it just effin works! No more of that California water shortage non-sense that puts a few drops of water on a spinning plate and then stinks like crap and has to be cleaned.
New house completed last summer and the GE Monogram dishwasher that the Admiral just had to have broke twice in the first month and the crappy plastic rack attachments were toast within three months. Waiting for the rest of the GE Monogram package to hit the warranty time limit and start the part swapping. My experience with a new Bosch dishwasher in the bay house is that it is super quiet (29db rated), cleans decently, but does NOT dry the dishes well without rinse aid. There is no heater element, just super heated water that needs time to evaporate. In our humid climate that doesn't always happen.
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Originally Posted by Basketcase View Post
We spent all the money on the latest and greatest Bosch stainless "eco friendly" dishwasher at our last place. Never broke, but also never cleaned a damn thing.
Originally Posted by Basketcase View Post
"eco friendly"
This is where you went wrong.




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My dishwasher is 62 YO and still works flawlessly, makes a good sammich too.
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We built a new home last year and everything is brand new. Can’t wait for the time bomb to go off In a few years and everything starts breaking. They definitely don’t make appliances like they used to.
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Originally Posted by semperfifishing View Post
My 3 year old GE frig just blew it's second fan motor.
Repairman said the units are now only available from China and are junk!

No kidding!

And I have a 25 year old fridge in my garage used for drinks that never misses a beat.
Single door and ugly.
But will probably out last my "new and improved" one in the kitchen.
I could have written the same exact thing. We've bought 4 refrigerators for the house since 2002, but have a simple fridge in the garage that works perfectly. Apparently the manufacturers discovered that they can sell a lot more units if they only last 4-5 years.

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