I don't believe it! All those stories about devices failing right after
the warranty runs out? It finally happened to us!
My wife loaded the dishwasher this morning and it made strange noises.
She looked it up in our records and we bought it March 19th of last year!
My reaction when she told me was to laugh - old wives tales do come
But it may be temporary - something hard in the pump that'll dissolve in
Intelligence is an experiment that failed - G. B. Shaw
If the problem turns out to be "not temporary", it's not too hard to
open up the pump. The worst part may be getting the machine out from
under the counter. The clamps, the rubber boots, piece of cake,
really. The only thing that might slip you up is a reverse-threaded
bolt on the impeller.... Tom
When my heated seat broke ($675 to repair) after the 36,000 miles, but
before the 3 years, they told me to buy a new car. I should have as the
Buick continued to turn to crap. Still in my driveway (not working at the
moment) it is the last Buick I'll ever own.
While I was called up for Desert Storm the Buick developed a problem.
My wife talked with the owner of the dealership. They didn't know how
much it would be until they got into it. She explained that I was
called to active duty and if it was very much we would have to pay it
out over a couple of months since our income had taken a hit. Nope!
Had to be paid in full when it was fixed. She had it repaired elsewhere.
That was our third and last Buick.
Friend of mine inherited a '94 Buick.
Biggest POS on the planet.
Just for reference, I'm 6'-0", 240 lbs.
Not a midget, but not obese either.
Impossible to get into or out.
Seat adjustments are for midgets.
Bells and whistles start ringing if the turn signal is on for more
than about 20-30 seconds.
With that kind of crap, it's no wonder GM is in trouble.
BTW, have been warned about an upcoming tranny problem some where
around 60K miles.
pffft. 3rd tranny and counting on our 99 Taurus. Paid for it once when
we bought it. Twice and Thrice to rebuild the fu@&er. And now, a
fourth time, through my taxes for the bailouts.
Thanks Ford, my @$$ hurts.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Speaking of warranties...
I have installed two water heaters in my life. Did the whole thing. Bought
it, brought it home, replaced the old one and put in the new one. And
hauled the old one to the dump.
The last time, it had to be done just as I left town for a few days. My wife
insisted that it be done that day. Which meant we had to call a plumber.
Which costs FOUR TIMES as much! I told her to hang on to the paperwork. It
was warrantied for complete replacement, parts and labor for one year.
Wel....., as luck would have it, about a year later the tank goes out. We
ran to ge the paperwork. The warranty would expire THE NEXT DAY! We
hustled to the phone and called it in. A plumber had a cancellation and came
out. He checked the hot water heater and pronounced it dead. So he replaced
it. We were so relieved.
Talk about squeaking by. Usually I am a week late.
It is a shame that they don't tell you about the ones with the life time
warranties which really are not that much more money and especially
considering at after 10 years you are on borrowed time.
I replaced mine about 5 years ago with a 50 gallon Whirlpool that has a life
time warranty. $303 including tax plus my labor.
These days warranties are pro rated just like tires and batteries.
These days, tankless water heaters are the way to go, IMHO, especially
those built with S/S parts.
I was going to put on on my boat when the time came.
If there is a time limit, my warranty specifically indicates free
replacement on parts. Labor not included but I can handle any thing that
comes up in that department if they will let me. I was able to get my
originaly heater to last 22 years.
I agree, I really really wanted to go that route but the cost was going to
out pace the potential savings. I am all electric and would have had to go
with the less efficient electric tankless model. I would have had to have
an electrician run a 50 amp circuit additionally. Fortunately my new
heater had a high effeciency rating. I have watched my electricity useage
like a hawk for the past 20 years, I literally did see a drop in my usage
that amounted to about $15-$20 per month. I speculated that the new heater
would pay for it self with in 2 years and it indeed did.
By off prek you mean cheaper electric rates at certain times of the day? I
wish we had that option in Houston. I participated in a pilot test program
in 1995, 1996, and partially in 1997 that the electric company was puttin
on. I was one of about 250 participants in the Houston area. They put in a
digital electric meter, modem, nine way to Sunday programable thermostat
that woul tell you how much electricity you had used for any given day and
during what periods you used it, the cost of each period in the day, and
exactly what your bill was at any point and projected amount that the bill
would be for the month. It also controlled the water heater. I was able to
keep my electricity bill under $1K for the whole year in 1996.
As we speak the local utility pole company is installing electronic meters
again through out the whole city. I hope that we will once again be offered
the variable rate pricing again.
Our current water heater has a "smart" feature. It has a switch console
that offers an option of not keeping the water at a normal useable
temperature until it sences a flow/usage, similar to an on demand heater.
At the time, mid 90's, we were only had one electrically provider, you could
not "shop around". I suspect that the local provider probably saw how much
their customers could actually save and was it not in the providers
interest, or perhaps most users did not take full advantage of the set up
and did not change their usage habits. We, I was never offered the
opportunity to buy the equipment or have variable rate pricing after the
trial. Only in the last 6 or 7 years have be been afforded the opportunity
to seek other providers and only now are we /every one getting the digital
electrical meters. We all have to pay for this meter so that the light
company can get rid of all of their walk around meter readers. Over a 10 or
so year period we have to pay extra for those $400 plus meters each month.
The cost is being sold/sugar coated to us as affording us the opportunity to
go on line and see what our bill is at any given time. BIG DEAL I can do
that now with out internet service. I hope that the next step will be that
we can get/be offered variable pricing.
When I was on the plan in the mid 90's our normal pricing for electricity
was about 8 cents per Kwh. On the program I paid 2.5 cents from 10 pm till
6 am the next morning . From 6 am to 1 pm I paid 5.2 cents and from 1 pm to
7 pm I paid 12 cents. 7pm to 10 pm I paid 7.5 cents. This pricing
structure was M-F and only during a 6 month Summer period. Weekends worked
similar however the rate never went over 5.2 cents year round. During the 6
month Winter rate period the rate was exactly like the Summer weekend rate
never going above 5.2 cents.
With the exception of an unusually High Peak Rate period limited to no more
than 2 hours per week we could have been charged 17.2 cents. The thermostat
would display a red light indicating that this was going to be implemented
with in the next hour and the thermostat would respond accordingly depending
on how you wanted that situation to be treated.
Might want to check again.
Most utilities offer off peak programs since it is in their best
Here in SoCal, off peak billing is available, especially to high
energy users such as cement mills.
That's going on across the country, it reduces the need for meter
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