I went to Home Depot today and saw some LG dishwashers, from Korea. Not
cheap, nice looking. Anyone know anything about them, ie are they any good
and likely to last at least a few years?
Also saw a nice Electrolux at the local appliance center, but I'm not quite
ready to pay $1000 for a dishwasher, though I'm tempted if I thought it
would work good and last a long time.
Not so amazing when you think about it. The Goldstar stuff was cheap made
and sold for cheap. After a few years they realized they could make good
stuff but had a tarnished reputation. Change the name and start over.
I used to laugh at people that bought Hyundai automobiles. You know, the
ones with the faded paint and rust. Cheap but crap. They too have turned
the corner and I recently traded my 3 year old trouble free Sonata for a new
one. Best value on the market, well constructed, built in the USA.
And sony used to make quality products in the 70's. Now they can
only be said to make quality when compared to the worst chinese
crap available at walmart.
I've seen sony do stuff since the 90's that would embarass the typical
fly-by-night walmart brand. A lovely recent example was a pair of bluetooth
headphones that came across because a critical 'pin' at the top of the headphones
was nothing but a piece of wire. Wore out after 6 months use. Replaced
it with a piece of center conductor from a piece of RG6 cable and now it's
10 times tougher. Cost to me about 1/20th of a penny; too much for sony.
Other examples are a cd walkman with the PC separated from the metal case
not with spaces, but by a piece of thick paper. Wore out in a year.
On Sat, 10 Apr 2010 22:21:26 -0500, email@example.com
I stand corrected. My experience with them has been with their vacuum
cleaners. They're not french either; swedish and of such poor design
that the motors wear out before a single set of brushes wear
out. Nice design, but poor execution and overall very expensive to keep
My experience with electrolux was with a few owners who had vacuum cleaners
needing repair over the last few years. I was astounded that the contacts
on the motors would wear out before one brush set did. Kirby prices but without
the durability. Of course the kirby has the terrible design of pulling the
air through the fan instead of into the bag first, but the things are built
like a tank.
Many years ago I pulled a small ball bearing through the fan. The fan very
happily shattered. If they had pulled the air through the bag first
(seriously, what idiot thought up that design???) this would not have
Don't know about their dishwashers, but their fridges seem really well-
About 19 years ago, we bought one of their bar fridges when they were still
called Goldstar. A few years ago, on the basis of the success we'd had with
the bar fridge, we bought a full-sized model with the LG brand on it. It's
been just fine.
A month after we bought the fridge, LG sent a technician to replace some
kind of motherboard under a recall campaign. Fridges have motherboards now.
The only glitch with the full-size model is the door-open switch on the
lower door. When the door opened to the right (as-shipped), the switch
worked properly. But when I re-hung the doors to left-hand opening, the
switch plunger ended up just a bit too short to reliably shut off the
interior lamp. I ran out of upward adjustment on the lower door, so I just
stuck a pad of Post-It Notes on the inside of the door to push the plunger
in a bit further. Same pad is still there now, still doing its job. I guess
I could have called it in as a warranty claim, but I was too lazy to do
I don't know about their dishwashers either, but I can tell you that
at least some of their dehumidifiers are junk. I have one made by LG
for Kenmore that is about 5 years old. A year ago, the fan motor
burned out. Bought a replacement one, which you can get for $28 to
$95 depending on where you buy it. The new one lasted about 6
Doing some googling, I found a thread where many people were having
exactly the same problem with fan motors that continually fail. Some
people have said what really fails is the thermal fuse that is rated
at 130C and suggested replacing it with one that is 150C.
The really bad part is that, first this is just a simple motor that
turns a squirrel cage blower so there is no excuse for not having a
motor that works in their from day one. And second, posts in that
thread go back 5 plus years. In all that time, one would think they
would have found a replacement motor that is suitable and won't fail.
On the plus side, a friend has the high-end LG washer and dryer, and
so far, no problems there after a year. That is if you don't count
that the dryer would not light after I installed it. And that
wasn't LG's fault. Turns out the flex gas hose I bought at HD had a
dime in it pushed deep into the female connector. Probably put
their by some prankster or disgruntled employee. Of course, I never
thought to check the inside of the hose to make sure it wasn't
blocked. LG was super on that, they made a service call and didn't
I'm mowing my lawn this afternoon, and I look down at my mower, and notice
that the model number tag says Electrolux on it. Go figure? The top of it
says Weed Eater, and it has a B&S engine. After three years the carb body
came loose. I took it apart and cleaned it and put it back on but it's
never been quite right since. It doesn't discharge grass very well and
clogs easily if the grass is tall or damp. All in all, it's not that great
of a mower.
The gasket between the carb and the engine is important.
Also works better with a coating of Permatex IIB, non
hardening, on the gasket. This, from experience.
Silicone spray on the deck and chute may help. After power
washing it all out, and let it dry.
Much more reliable than any of the U.S. brands. The only concern is that
parts availability it likely to be problematic though you're less likely
to ever need parts.
My higher end Maytag dishwasher has had two repair visits for recalls,
plus I spent about $200 on replacement racks after the originals rusted.
Next time it breaks I'll get an LG. I've been to one of the LG factories
in Korea and it's very impressive. They are producing products as good
as the Japanese companies now. Good cafeteria too, with all the kim-chi
you can eat on every table!
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