• We recently got a new washer thru our home shield coverage. Our 5 year old Maytag quit working due to a computer chip problem. They sent a repairman out to fix it and he said it was cheaper to replace it with a brand new one. I was amazed. We had bought the Maytag to replace a 20+ year old Kenmore that quit working. It only lasted 5 years and now we have a GE washer that probably will have a computer chip failure at some point too. Our Kenmore had been repaired once before in 20 years too. 9/30/23
  • I've replaced elements and door seals on cookers and washing machines.
  • Depends on the nature of the problem. I repaired my neighbor's dryer a couple of months back (burnt out heating coil), and I'll certainly attempt a repair of a broken but formerly well-functioning appliance (if I think it might be possible). On the other hand: if the appliance caused me grief when it was in operating condition, I'm likely to trash it and buy something that I hope works better.
  • Nothing is designed to be properly serviceable anymore. Sadly, that means you end up either trying to fix the broken thing and spending more than buying a new one and not even clearing up the problem anyway - or you just buy a new one. The exception might be air conditioners, which seem to be a little less fussy about potting their circuit boards and such.

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