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73 bookmarks. First posted by tomtaylor november 2016.


Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and sold refrigerators and freezers from the 1950’s that still work perfectly fine. I’ve come across washers and dryers from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were still working like the day they were made. Now, many appliances break and need servicing within 2-3 years and, overall, new appliances last 1/3 to 1/4 as long as appliances built decades ago. They break more frequently, and sooner, than ever before. They rust and deteriorate much quicker than in the past. Why is this happening, and what’s really going on? I’ve been wrestling over these questions for years while selling thousands of appliances, and more recently, working with used appliance sellers and repair techs all across the country. The following is what I’ve discovered.
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29 days ago by jpalat
They Used To Last 50 Years
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4 weeks ago by zero1infinity
Planned obsolescence: appliance manufacturers use cheaper, lighter materials that don't last as long, and it's filling the world with junk that had one small part break.

Instead, a service appliance company where you rent the equipment and pay monthly while it lasts, but your fee goes down X if it breaks within 5 years, and goes down Y if it breaks within 10 years (of normal use), where the business incentive is to create longer-lasting appliances because then you can potentially earn WAY WAY more per customer.
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5 weeks ago by KuraFire
Energy efficiency is being trumpeted by everyone with new stickers and labels and claims. But what about how long the appliance lasts before it ends up in a landfill? If an old refrigerator or freezer would last 40 to 50 years before being replaced, and the new ones are barely lasting 10 to 15 years, that means we are making 3 to 4 times the number of appliances we used to. Being very conservative, we are plowing through 2 to 3 times as many household appliances as we used to. How can that possibly be better for the environment?
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5 weeks ago by jamescampbell
Recently LG and Samsung have gotten into the appliance industry – they are the other two major appliance manufacturers. They sell under their own name and both manufacture and sell smaller home appliances like air conditioners and microwaves for other companies.

OUR FRONT LOADER WASHER DRYER IS AN LG (STILL HASN'T BROKEN)
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5 weeks ago by maoxian
Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades?  I’ve bought and s
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5 weeks ago by nham
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5 weeks ago by sbmandal
Durability of homegoods
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5 weeks ago by dpi
RT : Refridgerators used to last 50 years. Now they only last 8-10. What happened?
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5 weeks ago by rafaeldff
2. More parts are being designed to fail. The quality, or longevity of parts has been in steady decline over the past 10-15 years. Let me start with an example: for top loading washers and dryers two of the most expensive parts on the machines are the timer and motor. via Pocket
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5 weeks ago by cijanzen
A used-appliance company writes about how quality in home appliances is much lower now than it used to be and thus lifetimes are much less.
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5 weeks ago by mcherm
Appliances Used To Last 50 Years
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5 weeks ago by andygambles
Why appliances don't last anymore
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5 weeks ago by Peter_Antigen
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5 weeks ago by radeor
discussion of decline in appliance quality
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5 weeks ago by jongala
They Used To Last 50 Years ()
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5 weeks ago by ngpestelos
Now refrigerators last 8–10 years, if you are fortunate. How in the world have our appliances regressed so much in the past few decades? I’ve bought and sold…
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november 2016 by h-lame