Just two weeks after warranty on our G.E. Profile washer expired, it
broke. Seems like pump does not work, there is a faint 60 Hz sound
from inside the washer when pump is supposed to pump, but no
pumping takes place.
I find this "coincidence" an evidence for intentional design where
stuff is made to break after warranty, for extra "revenue" to be made
on easy repairs and parts.
Every moving part wears at some rate. Every part that wears will fail
at some point. Therefore, one piece of information that is _always_
included in the specification given to the engineering team at the
start of a project is a design lifetime. Without that there is no way
for the engineer to select materials, machining tolerances, surface
finishes, lubricants, etc.
FWIW, I recently had a garbage disposal fail two weeks before the
warranty ended. The company replaced it free including installation.
Sometimes you win and sometimes...
Coincidence is just that...like most any other thing (except the
children in Lake Woebegone) for there to be an average lifetime, some
must be longer and some must be shorter.
Or, to put it in more scientific terms, "stuff happens"...
As Edwin says approach the retailer and hopefully they'll cut you a
Go to HH Greg or such, find the Scratch & Dent stuff, pick the ugliest one,
have it delivered. Repeat every two years and thank the Democrats for
forcing Global Trade down our throats.
(Didn't you think I could turn the thread political?)
For this reason, I've determined that I will never buy another new
washer. I've got a service manual and intend to keep my 1981 Whirlpool
until I die. I've got a spare, though, a Maytag Performa that someone
tossed out when only 4 years old. It took 2.5 hours to fix it, no parts
Yep, same here. I recently had an opportunity to pick up a two year old
washer for a song and a dance, but I decided to keep my late 70's Kenmore
(rebadged Whirlpool) instead. I replaced the water pump in it about 15
years ago, and it shows no sign of slowing down - the thing is built like a
tank.. I've seen new ones leaking transmission fluid straight from the
factory - NO THANKS!
They really don't make 'em like they used to.
I have the 1977 Kenmore ( Whirlpool) and I never even had to change the
pump. 2 months ago I did have to change the drive belt, I was mildly peeved
that it only lasted 30 years :o) I do however have to take the pump apart
every 6 months to remove lint as I removed the lint filter after the 3rd one
broke ( replaced with a 49 cent PVC elbow). The good news is that the pump
CAN be dismantled, the new ones are fused so you can't take it apart. How
about those tools that had a command in the firmware to kill the tool after
so many cycles? Not sure if this scandal was for a tool or an appliance.
Show me anything new and I will pin point with a high degree of confidence
where the obsolescence is planned. The weak links are now so flagrant that
it's obvious that they couldn't care less if we know.
Real sad news this past month. Maytag had the gall to pull out the lonely
Maytag repair man. Pffffttttt I guess it's not everyone who reads Consumer
Reports ( awesome magazine by the way.) They are now topping the recal lists
( that's right, more than one appliance. )
Maybe, maybe not. With minor repair, could last another decade.
The sound/no action could be just a slipped-off belt. Investigate
and correct, or get a repairman in. Theorizing about engineering
strategies and who-makes-a-profit isn't getting the clothes washed.
In a perfect world, one could find a quality product and be loyal to
the manufacturer. Here and now, it's near impossible. That
great pair of shoes from four years ago? Not available in that
'model' anymore. The stereo that worked so well? Company
was bought out. Vacuum cleaner that was so convenient? New
model is built on completely different principles (and there's a
$50 set of filters that needs annual replacement).
At least the manufacturer still stands behind my Betamax. And
DOS 3.2 works like it always did. Not.
Go ahead and let the manufacturer sell you parts. And pay the
service person. It won't make the service guy rich, nor break you.
After the year of warranty, when maintenance sets in, the
responsible party is... you.
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