Some Appliance Perspective Please
Went washer shopping online and in stores today now that it looks like our 20 year old Maytag washer is about done. It fills then shuts down until you bail it, then it fills again and shuts down. Its $75 for a service call and maybe we'llfind out its a cheap fix or a major cost for a 20 year old machine that worked fine yesterday. Thinking that a 20 year old machine may be coming to its end we shopped.
Meanwhile we have our kitchen fridge which is 20 years old, a backup fridge about 25 and an upright freezer maybe 30 years old and all work fine. However we have it in the back of our minds that maybe we should consider an upgrade for one or all to something more energy efficient before they fail.
I learned from Consumer Reports and from the HH Gregg salesman that appliances today last only about 10 years or so!!! I could say that I am shocked but I am not. And to think that I grew up in the 60s and 70s and still remember the small GE fridge/freezer that my grandparents probably bought in the late 1940s!
Anyway whats your take on all this? Since our existing appliances were made when things were made well (at least based on their current longevity) but not energy efficient should we keep them until they fail or begin to nickel and dime. Could I get anotehr 10 years out of them and save at least half the cost of a new fridge? I know thats a hard question to answer not knowing the brands or how they are used or have been used. But just looking for some perspective or opinions. Thanks