Your old appliance may be worth saving. In fact, there is a good chance that your old appliance will outlive a brand new one. Today’s appliances may have awesome new features, but they may come at the expense of reduced longevity. Many appliances made today may only last 2-4 years. That is a stark contrast to the 10-15 years that many older appliances may work before they become unusable. Some appliances made just 5 years ago may last twice as long as ones made today! Making the decision to purchase a new appliance is not one that most people go into lightly. There are many reasons why you may want to stick with your older appliance instead of buying a new one.
Wash you talkin’ about, Willis?
Take for instance, front loading washing machines. My mother’s top loading Kenmore washer made in 1998 will outlast just about any consumer front loader made today. You can take that to the bank. Most manufacturers’ expected lifespans for new front loading washers are currently about 2-4 years. Sure, a brand new unit will have fancy new features like an LCD back-lit display, innumerable wash cycles, load-sensing technology, 6 different wash ‘motions’, and maybe it can even send you an email when your wash is done, or update your followers on twitter to let them know your underwear is now clean (ok, not really). None of these fancy features will seem worthwhile in 3 years when it stops working.
Newer washing machines aren’t just made worse than older ones, although many would argue that their standard for quality has declined in recent years. The fact is, modern front loaders’ spin cycles operate at a much higher RPM than older models. That leads to more efficient wash cycles and drier clothes, but the washers’ internal parts can’t hold up to the abuse. You can expect your new washer’s motor to wear out about 70% faster than models made just 5-10 years ago. Other internal parts like the drum bearings, seals, and shocks can also experience heavy abuse due to the rapid spinning of the drum. The drum itself may even become warped due to the force that is exerted during the final spin cycle. Oh, and if the bearings go out, most models require the entire wash basin to be replaced.
Newer doesn’t always mean better
If your washer, dryer, refrigerator, freezer, range, oven, or microwave has stopped working, consider getting it repaired by a qualified technician at East Valley Appliance Repair. Just because your front loading washer sounds like a jet taking off, does not mean that it is ready for the landfill. Many appliances can be repaired for only the cost of the initial service call. Let East Valley Appliance Repair fix your old appliance and save you some money. Your appliances will thank you.
Not too many years ago, consumers had a choice of 5-7 different manufacturers when choosing a new front loading washing machine. In the 2005 lineup, there were Maytag, Frigidaire, GE, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Amana, LG, and Samsung, and more; each company manufactured their own appliances, and consumers could come to expect a certain level of quality from each brand. Today, consumers are still offered the same brand choices, but in reality, only 3 main manufacturers are producing appliances. The Whirlpool, Maytag, Kenmore, Frigidaire, GE and Amana washers are all manufactured by the same company, Whirlpool. Samsung still makes their own appliances, but many of the parts are sourced from LG. The Kenmore brand remains apart from the rest, with most of its parts being manufactured by LG. When shopping for a new front loader (or top loader, or front loading dryer, gas dryer, refrigerator, etc.), the brand you choose does not make that much difference. The decision may come down to the styling, and how it fits in with your home’s decor.
Is your washing machine no workey-workey? We can repair front loading washers better than most. When front loaders came out, a lot of the ‘old timers’ didn’t take the time to learn about the new models. We didn’t wait around. East Valley Appliance Repair has always made it a mission to keep up with advances in appliance technology. We have been servicing front loading washing machines since 2000, and we have the knowledge and experience to diagnose the problem, and we are honest enough to tell you when it is not worth fixing.