Is there any appliance that lasts longer than a dryer? I swear, the
dryer my parents had was almost pre-Columbian. Now I open up mine to
replace the belt (it's starting to squeal) and what do I find scrawled
on the front of the drum in pencil?
"New drum, 2-20-70."
I think the only thing I've ever replaced on it was an ignitor.
On Tue, 13 Oct 2009 22:45:12 -0700, Smitty Two wrote:
Not much to go wrong in them, really. Our fridge is 1973, and our stove a
similar vintage. Not much to go wrong in them, either.
Shame everyone tries to put as many features into modern stuff as possible
- usually compromising longevity in the process. That's progress for you,
I guess... :-)
The older washers and dryers lasted a long time. My
Whirlpool washer was here, when I moved in, in 1994. I had
to free up the electric motor. Once before I used it, and
once some years later. The timer got sticky, but some
trichlor helped loosen the old dried oil, and some silicone
I think I used to lube it. I use indoor clothes line for
drying. The ones back then were highly dependable.
My parents bought a laundry set about 1965 when they moved
to the first house, and brought it to the new house in 1975.
used it for many years after that.
I don't trust the new electronic gadget washers and dryers.
If you do the cleaning and lubrication (and tighten the
belt), yours should last many more years.
The problem with the electronic controls that I see
all the time is voltage spikes. If you keep voltage
spikes out of your electronic equipment with proper
surge suppression, it will last a lot longer. I will
install surge suppressors on HVAC equipment out in
rural areas and the circuit boards will last a lot
longer. Standard old style stuff is not immune either.
My friends daughter had a tree fall on the power line
to her home and the resulting surge blew the windings
on all the small motors like the fans and defrost
timer in her fridge and electric clock.
Dialog I heard on the radio:
"Why can't they make cars as dependable as a refrigerator (dryer, drill,
"Well, one reason is that your refrigerator doesn't go down the freeway at
fifty miles per hour!"
"Neither does my car. That's why I was asking the question."
Ha, I like that.
I think cars are certainly more reliable - but the issue nowadays is that
when they break it's usually expensive and time-consuming to fix, and DIY
repairs aren't really possible without lots of service information.
Compare that to the old days where someone typically didn't need much
knowledge to fix a lot of the faults - and could often do so by the side
of the road if needed.
Reliability is all well and good - until something *does* break, which it
always will eventually. Personally I'd rather run something simpler and
just maintain it as I go, but that doesn't suit today's "throwaway"
1961 Whirlpool washer. 1967 Whirlpool dryer. Still in use by oldest son.
We used them until 1996. Minor repairs I made myself. Belts., pumps, heating
element. New Maytags replaced them in 1996. So far no problems. WW
My clothes Whirlpool washer, gas clothes dryer, stove, and JennAire
dishwasher, Panasonic vacuum, York central AC are well over 18 years
old and going strong. The washer needed minor repair--replacement
cogs inside the agitator. Garbage disposal and over-the-range
microwave lasted about 14 years. Water tank died at 10 years.
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