Post Reply Would You Try To Fix Old Appliances Or Buy New ?
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Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/14/16
if there's a problem with a small or major appliance in your house? would you try to fix it for just buy a new one ?

i noticed water leaking out at the bottom of our Kenmore washer (10+ yr old)

i checked the hoses and the bottom of the tub but i didn't see any water dripping.... probably have to remove the outer shell for a better look

the price of a new Samsung washer is around $450+ tax :/.. energy star certified? i didn't know washers are also energy star certified now..

i'll try to see what is the cause of the leak first .. if it's just some clamp or hose then it will be easy to replace

but if it's something that will cost $100+ to replace... eh.. i'll just buy a new washer..

some said it's the water pump (which is around $26 for the part+ shipping.. ..



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Posted 12/14/16
One of the people I know is a service guy for the old apartment I lived at. He says that the newest large appliances are only built to last two to three years. Another fellow I've known for about a decade who manages and services several properties says the same thing.

My brother and his wife had to get a new Washer and dryer set because the stackable Maytag set they had died . . . after 25+ years The repair shop told them about Speed Queen. Maytatg isn't even as good as it used to be. They were expensive but they put Speed Queen W &Ds in laundromats. (No the repair place didn't sell Speed Queen.)

If you buy new, get good stuff or watch out.
Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/14/16
Usually replace. Generally, I've found that the cost to repair isn't worth it. As for your washing machine; I think you might as well replace it. It's over ten years-old. You got more than your money's worth out of it, many times over. The average life for a dishwasher is right around ten years. Your old girl did good.
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Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/14/16

aeb0717 wrote:

Usually replace. Generally, I've found that the cost to repair isn't worth it. As for your washing machine; I think you might as well replace it. It's over ten years-old. You got more than your money's worth out of it, many times over. The average life for a dishwasher is right around ten years. Your old girl did good.


i looked it up by the model number.. and according to this post

it's only 3.0 cu ft.. made in 2001 !!..

that's about right.. i think we bought the washer-dryer set in 2002-03..

probably not as energy efficient anymore..

http://www.searspartsdirect.com/partsdirect/part-model/Washer-Parts/Washer-Parts/Repair-Maintenance/Questions-Answers/What-is-the-cubic-ft-for-Kenmore-washer-/Model-11020442991/0582/0153200/235537?modelNumber=11020442991
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Just gonna second getting a replacement if something is over 10 years old. While it's possible just one part has failed, water exposure does risk damaging other things, or at least making them more susceptible to failure eventually. And unless you happen to have the right tools you'll need for the job, and perhaps the strength and space to do it without help, something you think might take an hour or two could turn into multiple afternoons of annoyance.
Posted 12/14/16
Buy a new one.
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Posted 12/14/16
I ain't got time for that. Buy a new one.
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It really, really depends on what appliances we're talking about.

Some are so cheaply made, not worth fixing.

MOST are easy to fix, like what this washer sounds like. Why spend 450 on a new one when you can buy some parts and fix it for 40, 50 bucks? Its crazy.

It just gets to be a pain in the rear when you are the fix it man, though, everybody starts bringing crap to you. And of course friends expect it for free, but sometimes its a real, real pain.
Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/14/16
All sorts of things wear out, motor. bearings, pumps, hoses, one thing will start to fall apart after another. ... Be happy that you got 10 years out of it.
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Posted 12/14/16
typically fix.......
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Posted 12/14/16 , edited 12/15/16

choppin_broccoli wrote:

It really, really depends on what appliances we're talking about.

Some are so cheaply made, not worth fixing.

MOST are easy to fix, like what this washer sounds like. [/b]Why spend 450 on a new one when you can buy some parts and fix it for 40, 50 bucks? Its crazy.

It just gets to be a pain in the rear when you are the fix it man, though, everybody starts bringing crap to you. And of course friends expect it for free, but sometimes its a real, real pain.



this is why i want to look into it first before putting down $450+ tax for a new washer

there were a couple of things that i considered before looking into the problem

but after figuring what the problem was and tested the power usage of the washer.. i decided to keep it

1- there was nothing wrong with the washer.. i opened it up and checked every hose and clamp-- it's not the pump either.. put it back together and washed 4 loads.. no leak.. my conclusion? they added too many clothes on one side so the tub was tilting when the washer was refilling- so it was filling on the edge of the tub instead of inside the tub..

2- i checked the power consumption of the washer with the kill a watt meter-- 65W.. it's less than my PS3 super slim..

so after 30 minutes of working on it.. i put it back together and that is it i guess

save $450+tax

since it was an old washer.. i assumed the worst right off the bat but it was nothing -- just user's negligence in this case

it's easier than i thought.. removing three 1/2" screws+ two 1" screws+ 2 clips with Philips and flat head screwdrivers


Posted 12/15/16
heh, cost avoidance strategies. good stuff!
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Posted 12/15/16
like the OP said, I would try to fix unless the fix or getting a repair guy in is either more expensive than a replacement or a pain in the ass.
Posted 12/15/16
Depends on the appliance my plumbers here are great at repair they just fixed the garbage disposal system.
but, I will also buy new i just bought a new dryer it needed replacing. So again it depends.
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Posted 12/15/16 , edited 12/15/16
It all depends on what needs fixing. I would not be trying to fix a 10 year old washing machine. Finding someone reliable enough to do the repair labour is not cost effective, getting parts for an old machine could be impossible and I can't risk creating a flood that will leak downstairs into my neighbour's home. That would be a false economy. If the connecting hose has a problem, I'd replace that but that's my limit. I also live in a hard water area which I know takes a toll on washing machines no matter how many water softeners you add during washing cycles.

I would fix a drawer in a chest of drawers if the handles came off or if a corner looked a bit loose. I'd get the odd chipped ceramic tile repaired. I'd also replace buttons on clothing
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