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The Life of an Appliance

Last post Wed, Mar 21 2012 11:36 AM by mark.jayson. 7 replies.
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  • Wed, Sep 7 2011 1:56 PM

    • Brandy
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    The Life of an Appliance

    Appliances don't last forever but we can be proactive about keeping them going longer.

    Do you do regular maintenance on your appliances?

    Do you know how to do the routine things yourself and can you do minor repairs?

     

     

    The Dollar Stretcher Community Manager



  • Wed, Sep 7 2011 4:54 PM In reply to

    • Karen K
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    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    We try to stay on the proactive side of things ... dh can fix just about anything and I can't remember the last time we paid someone to do that kind of job for us. 

    The microwave died last year, dh took it apart and determined the problem was the mother board was fried.  So he fixed it.  A repair shop would have thrown it away and I'd be buying a new one.

    Karen K

    http://www.sugarcreekwoodworking.com
    http://www.asimplepinebox.com
  • Thu, Sep 8 2011 9:48 AM In reply to

    • grame
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    Re: The Life of an Appliance

     We recently remodeled our kitchen and replaced appliances with energy star ones.  I reviewed all owner's manuals, copied the directions for periodic routine maintenance and placed copies in my home management notebook.  Really helps me stay on top of it and I hope, extend the life of the appliance.

    I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. ~Susan B. Anthony
  • Fri, Feb 17 2012 1:47 AM In reply to

    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    Maintaining appliances in home is very necessary.

  • Fri, Feb 17 2012 11:25 AM In reply to

    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    We pull the fridge out every so often to remove dust and pet hair from the coils to help save the life of the condenser. My husband has fixed our 17 year old microwave a couple of times already so I don't know if he will be able to fix it again if something were to break. I have the new front loading HE washer and dryers so we got the extra warranty on them and have already had to have the repairman out 2x on the washer and 1x on the dryer. My husband used to fix the older washer and dryer all the time. What I paid for the extra warranty I have saved in energy costs so I am happy.
    Riley
  • Fri, Feb 17 2012 2:44 PM In reply to

    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    Our last home, we bought a stove, washer, and dryer of the same brand, all new. They all died with weeks of each other.....they lasted 7 years.

    I went back to buying used.

    I figured for what I paid new I could afford to buy a used machine once a year in needed.

    Michelle in Northern Michigan

    "Those who would surrender liberty for security deserve neither" - Ben Franklin

  • Fri, Feb 17 2012 5:10 PM In reply to

    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    Just had trouble with our dryer. It turned out to be a short in the chord so no big deal. Was so glad didn't have to buy a new one. It is 11 yrs. old.

    Tho new appliances are more energy efficient they are definitly not the quality of the old ones! Almost nothing you buy today will be as good as the one you replaced IMO

    Many of ours are old so we are just 'waiting' to see which goes first. Financially, we are in place for it and we've been shopping around to see what it is we will buy when the time comes. It's a waiting game right now.

  • Wed, Mar 21 2012 11:36 AM In reply to

    Re: The Life of an Appliance

    Brandy:

    Appliances don't last forever but we can be proactive about keeping them going longer.

    Do you do regular maintenance on your appliances?

    Do you know how to do the routine things yourself and can you do minor repairs?

     

     

    Yup2, Appliances these days are expensive and forever changing. So it is better and practical to try and keep them any longer than buying a new one. I don't know if it is maintaining, but I see to it that appliances on our house especially those in the kitchen are clean. :)
    Mark Jayson
    Universal Design Specialists - Walk In Showers
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