They all appear to have various bells & whistles - specific setting
for various fabrics, variable speed this, sensor something or other
that, various lights, LED time remaining readout etc. etc
In contrast, the Speed Queen front load units at the laundromat have
about 4 buttons for different temps and that's it - a mechanical
pointer gauge indicates approximately where it is in the cycle. It
might adjust the water level depending on the load size but I can't
say for sure. If there's a front loader made in a similar barebones
way for the home market I haven't seen one at Home Depot or Lowes.
You'd think there would be a market for it. I assume those commercial
units are expensive.
The EU has made it less bullettproof by insisting on lead-free solder. It
doesn't like vibration.
due to the hugely increased level of spam please make the obvious
adjustment to my email address
The majority are brainwashed to need a new one every 2 years without
question. Any company that builds to last more than 2 years will be
competing with itself and others and will fail because no one will pay twice
as much for a 4 year old model. Sure it is wrong to generate so much waste,
but you go out of business first, OK?
Hmmm, do you think companies WANT their products to last forever? Of COURSE
these circuits can be made bulletproof, but have you heard of "planned
obsolescence"? Washing machine companies want to sell washing machines.
That means people's old washing machines need to irreparably break. So,
they design an electronics board with a finite lifespan, produce a finite
number of spares at the time of the original production run, and when those
spares are gone that machine is junk. Maybe that board is repairable, but
the labor involved to fix it is huge. Maybe they've stuck a proprietary IC
or 2 on there which fails so it CAN'T be fixed no way no how.
That is part of what got theAmerican car companies in trouble.
Also no one wants to pay more for a good product.
The old Comodore computer company had a replacement policy where you could
send the computer to them and they would repair it for a flat fee. They had
some unskilled labor to open up the case , throw out the electronics and
install new electronics. The new board cost them $ 50, the repair cost to
coustomers was around $ 70 to $ 80.
Cheeper to throw out the whole exectronics and replace it than the labor to
often,a circuit board has it's IC's under globs of epoxy;called chip-on-
board,and not repairable.
They glue the bare silicon IC die(chip) directly to the board and wire-bond
to circuit pads,then cover with epoxy.
30 years (or so) ago, GE simply replaced defective electronics with a
refurbished unit. The unit you sent in was placed in a pile, to be repaired
at a later date. This probably worked well, if a technician worked on four
or five identical units at the same time.
I've obtained a lot of electronic stuff for free that only
needed simple repairs. I get computer mother boards that
cost $100.00 new and all they need is a keyboard fuse that
is easy (for me) to replace. A lot of people who claim the
title "service technician" have no idea how to repair a
circuit board. Many of the problems I see with modern gear
are caused by cold solder joints on the circuit boards.
If you are doing it for yourself and do not count your time that is fine.
If you are paying someone to repair it, you are looking at around $ 50 or
more per hour labor. It may take several hours to get everything set up, do
the repairs and test out the finished results.
I used to do some repairs and still do on equipment that does not have the
smd or other components that take special equipment to work on.
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