No More Appliance Repairs (by Jeff [CO]) Apr 18, 2019 6:52 AM|
No More Appliance Repairs (by plenty [MO]) Apr 18, 2019 6:56 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by WMH [NC]) Apr 18, 2019 6:57 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Deanna [TX]) Apr 18, 2019 7:34 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by S i d [MO]) Apr 18, 2019 7:34 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by WMH [NC]) Apr 18, 2019 7:42 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Doogie [KS]) Apr 18, 2019 8:13 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Robert J [CA]) Apr 18, 2019 8:57 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Lana [IN]) Apr 18, 2019 9:27 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Vee [OH]) Apr 18, 2019 10:19 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Apr 18, 2019 12:07 PM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Wilma [PA]) Apr 19, 2019 10:15 AM
No More Appliance Repairs (by DJ [VA]) Apr 19, 2019 1:39 PM
No More Appliance Repairs (by Hoosier [IN]) Apr 19, 2019 3:35 PM
Click here to reply to this discussion.
Click Here to send this discussion to a friend
No More Appliance Repairs (by Jeff [CO]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 6:52 AM
The appliance repair company that I have been using has been sold three times. Now they are more expensive than ever and take a long time to get an appointment scheduled. It's at the point where it's cheaper to just replace the appliances.
As much as I hate Home Depot, I am buying from them. They install gas ranges. Lowe's does not. That makes it simple.
By the way, I have a refrigerator in a unit that was made in 1987! I don't want to replace it until I have to. That thing is amazing!
No More Appliance Repairs (by plenty [MO]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 6:56 AM
Way to adapt! Yep when you get a good one it just keeps on giving! Agree that many times i find replacing vs repairing is the NEW way to adapt to the quality available to buy. Also the service of delivery and install is more valuable as we get older and for convenience. --99.203.xx.xxx
No More Appliance Repairs (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 6:57 AM
We don't repair. I've got two dishwashers (MINE!) that died on the same day just out of warranty, I badgered LG until they said they would repair, it's been over a month, still broken.
Tenant's fridge died two days ago and our used appliance guy delivered replacement last night. --50.82.xxx.xx
No More Appliance Repairs (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 7:34 AM
Interesting! I always opt for Lowes appliances, because they have free delivery... HD charges.
I've tried appliance repair. Sometimes it's a problem with the condenser fan motor, sometimes it's a problem with the seal, sometimes it's something else. But the repairs never seem to last...
I get $5 for selling a fridge for scrap. (Ugh.)
In theory, a new fridge is supposed to last between 13-17 years. Those aren't the numbers I'm getting. Perhaps if I added condenser coil cleaning as part of my standard maintenance, they might last longer...? --96.46.xxx.xx
No More Appliance Repairs (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 7:34 AM
Good move. I don't repair ovens or fridges any more either, unless it just seems stupid simple.
A new, basic gas range costs $400 delivered. After 4 years it has a market value of about $150. Replacing a gas valve assembly runs about $100 or so. Not worth putting that kind of money into something that could have a t-stat go bad next month.
I still buy electric ranges used because they seem very reliable. Not gas ranges, though. Used gas range has always = disaster for me. For $150, I can get a gently used electric range, delivered, installed, and the old one hauled off. After it dies I swap out for another one. The local rent-a-center offloads them at used appliance shops by the dozens after they're about 3 years old, so there's usually 5-10 years of life left in them.
Used fridge delivered is about $175, and those seem to last 5-7 years. A new, base model 14 cu ft fridge is about $450. Unless it lasts 15 years trouble-free and no one steals it on the way out, I'm money ahead to just swap out. --173.20.xxx.xxx
No More Appliance Repairs (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 7:42 AM
And my tenants don't expect new, just working! They are thrilled to get their appliances replaced so quickly. --50.82.xxx.xx
No More Appliance Repairs (by Doogie [KS]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 8:13 AM
I still repair stuff every now and then. I have an awesome repair guy that will answer questions about what is wrong with it and doesn't mind if I fix it on simple issues. On more complex stuff, he'll let me know if it's even worth him coming out or not. Not sure what I'll do when he retires, but should have some time left yet.
I do replace with new however. I've had way too many issues with used stuff. The 1 good used store we had here just went out of business. The others are expensive and one has a pretty bad reputation. It's a gamble (to me) going with used anyway and it's proven to not be worth it. I have a model of fridge that I buy exclusively and I haven't had to replace one yet. The oldest one is 12 years old (if I remember correctly). I've only had 1 call for that model and it was frozen over in the back. I thawed it out and haven't heard anything since.
As for Lowes vs HD, I tend to go with Lowes. They do have free delivery here, but charge you $20 to haul the old one off. Sometimes I will go get it and sell it to the scrap yard and sometimes I'll just pay the $20. Depends on how I feel that day and how much is going on. --72.209.xxx.xxx
No More Appliance Repairs (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 8:57 AM
I did an experiment around two years ago. I needed appliances in several units. So I gave several Big Box Stores a chance including my local Home Depot. This was besides my local Apartment supplier who always delivered things as promised.
An add was running at Home Depot. So I tried to order a refrigerator online with an extended warranty and delivery. That didn't go so well. I had to call their appliance center.
Home Depot was able to process my order on the telephone. We set up a delivery, scheduled in 4 days, nothing sooner. They agreed, as to their policy, I was going to receive a phone call the evening before delivery with a TIME (Window of 4 hours). I never got a phone call.
I had to contact Home Depot again. They said this time that the Delivery Team would call me in the morning letting me know what time they are arriving.
Knowing that nothing every goes smoothly with Home Depot, I set my home phone to call forward to my cell phone and started to drive to my apartment complex.
I got the my building and received a call from the delivery team, "We are at your building! Is someone there to let us in"?
I had given Home depot my tenants phone number, unit number also. No one called my tenant or knocked on her apartment door. I guess she was hard to find since she was Unit Number 1. First unit in the building.
Besides they not giving me advanced notice and making the delivery difficult, they delivered a good product and tool the old refrigerator away. I tipped the two guys twenty bucks.
So the next time I use the Home Depot, I get a guarantee that if the appliance isn't delivered at promised and I get not head up, I can refuse delivery and get the appliance from another dependable service.
No More Appliance Repairs (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 9:27 AM
I agree. I can get fast repair service, but he is old now and some of the newer appliances defy him. My previous handyman was handy this way, and we did dryer belt, washer belts, drive motors, transmission, etc. I still expect my current handyman to do belts. Home Depot installs and they are my preferred. --216.23.xxx.xx
No More Appliance Repairs (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 10:19 AM
At a cottage near Lake Erie I have a 1956 refrigerator, works fine after you clear the mice out of the fan in the springtime, the seals still hold newspaper tightly, it only holds 4 gallons of ice cream but that is enough for our gatherings. --76.188.xxx.xx
No More Appliance Repairs (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Apr 18, 2019 12:07 PM
We seldom use a repair service.
Recently purchased a scratch and dent white ref at Lowes for $350. The tag said "FOUND NO ISSUES".
Installed it and no cold.
Lowes sent out a factory repairman from 1.5 hours away. He wrote up a work ticket and a week later 2 men arrived to swap out the compressor. Cost to manufacturer $1300.
We suggested a seimple swap but the factory computer would nto allow it.
$1300 repair to a $500 ref.
No More Appliance Repairs (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 10:15 AM
We have a refrigerator from 1987 - still working away in our home. We put a "Kill a Watt" device on it to determine what the payback would be if we bought a more efficient modern unit. 12 years? Nope, the new ones don't even last that long!
We repair if it's simple (ourselves), or replace with gently used. We have a spare washer and dryer always on hand, and are pros at swapping them out in under an hour, so that the tenants always have a working unit while we diagnose the broken one. --71.175.xxx.xxx
No More Appliance Repairs (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 1:39 PM
I have a great used appliance store nearby. They rebuild them - replacing all washers, seals, belts, new paint. They give a 90 day warranty if ANYTHING needs fixing, and 5 years labor - pay for parts only. They are excellent - once they saved me a $90 service charge (I had the machine more than 5 years), by just selling me the $5 part and telling me how to do it myself.
I hope they never go out of business - as long as I'm around, anyway. I doubt they will - they have a good reputation and opened a second store in the next city --68.10.xxx.x
No More Appliance Repairs (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Apr 19, 2019 3:35 PM
I usually try to fix the simple things myself...dishwashwer with food in the drain screen for example.
Our lease names non-attached appliances as "loaners" and says landlord is not responsible for repairing. If the appliance is very old and it's a good tenant, sure...we can replace it for them. But we've had a couple tenants "break" the appliance on purpose (obvious lack of proper usage such as overloading a washing machine) so we changed the lease language to call them "loaners". If I suspect abuse or lack of care, I can point to that lease clause and tell them either they pay for the repair, they buy their own and take it with them when they leave, or we can buy a new one of our choosing and raise their rent by $xx/month.
This has worked very well for us. --99.92.xxx.xxx
Click Here to send this discussion to a friend
Report discussion to Webmaster