I have a four year old Maytag Quiet Series 300 dishwasher that has stopped
working. I looked at it and found the ribbon cable to the front control
panel had burnt traces. A front control panel costs $250 or more, and there
is no guarantee it didn't take the control module out with it. Is there any
hope for this thing? I'm thinking it's time to trash it and get a new one
due to the cost of replacing the control panel.
Shrug. My bottom-of-the-line GE generic does fine, running it maybe
twice a week. Do you leave lots of food waste on the dishes and pans you
put in there? Any dishwasher, best practice is, large waste goes in
trash, and if you aren't going to run the DW right away, a quick rinse
in the sink under running water. But it is far from washing them twice.
I do the trash-can step because I'm on septic, and don't have a garbage
Maytag used to be a good brand. We've had very good luck with Kitchen Aid.
Present one is 5 years and still perfect, last one was pushing 20 years.
The one before that was 15 years and we left it working in the house when
Kitchen Aid still makes a good product but they don't make dw as well as
when Hobart owned the co. The last tech I talked to recommend saving the
money, buy a cheap GE and replace it when it goes out. I'm not aware of any
brand that works as well as the old Kitchen Aids but they would probably be
out of my price range anyway.
The OP would probably do well to consult Consumer Report.
I don't believe there is more than a nickels worth of functional
difference in any like-type appliances.
Everybody makes a piece of shit designed only to outlive the warranty,
such as they are these days. I think I got a whopping 90 days on this
last $2200 TV.
My Panasonic Viera has been going strong for over 6 years now. The picture
is as good as the day I bought it. Outlasted every TV I've ever owned.
I've had well over a dozen CRT TVs. Once upon a time I kept 3 in one
room, each tuned to a different news channel, and 1 in each of 3
Sold them all to buy bigger units after about 5 years, if I had to
I've never had a TV fail until this antique Pioneer 50" projection
started popping off in10 minutes after more than 10 years, and I've
kept it going for more than 2 years by taking off the back and aiming
a little fan to blow across the innards.
Something told me it was overheating...
Picture on it is still as good as I imagine I can remember it...
Again, shrug. One of my Trinitrons is 12 years old, the other maybe six?
(bought it used). Both get heavy use, both still work perfectly. (Damn
Sony quality- I can't justify buying flat-screens till these die.)
As someone who feels that Sony is the best TV, and a used Sony is the
second best TV, I have to tell you that the picture on a 12 year old
Trinitron is NOTHING like the picture was when it was new. At 6 years
the deterioration would be noticable in a side by side comparison with
a new one.
Phosphors get tired.
Actually, it's the electron guns that get tired. Years ago when I
was in the TV repair business, rebuilt picture tubes were a very
big business. I haven't seen a rebuilt picture tube in 20 years.
It's my understanding that the only phosphors that would be replaced
would be those in projector tubes because of the high output. I
think there is only one picture tube rebuilding company left in
The U.S. now.
On Wed, 07 Apr 2010 08:16:43 -0500, The Daring Dufas
No, that is a different issue. The guns get coated, and you can get a
little more life out of them by blowing that coating off with a burst
of electricity to the cathodes. They call this "Picture Tube
Rejuvenation. Once you do it, you are on a short schedule for
replacement. Sometimes you could get as good a result by tapping on
the neck of the tube to knock some of the cake off. You could actually
see the crap flake off. They also used to sell something called a CRT
brightner, which simply raised the voltage to the filiments. This also
hastened ultimate failure. Often rejuvenation resulted in immediate
failure. It's really a desperate move.
None of that will cure tired phosphors, which are simply less reactive
then newer ones. The phosphors get tired and the picture quality
The guns are factory coated, the blaster makes a fresh surface because
the old surface loses efficiency. The B&W and single color tube coating
of phosphors can be renewed from what I've read. The color tubes have
the three different color phosphors deposited on the faceplate before
it is welded to the glass bell which would make it unlikely to be an
economical prospect for re-coating. I used my Sencore picture tube
tester many a time to add a little life to an old set along with all
the little booster gadgets that were on the market 35 years ago. I miss
those wonderful electric shocks I received from the horizontal output
tubes when my elbow touched an anode cap. I'm much better now. BZZZZZ!
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