Is it just me, or do our household appliances not last as long as our parents’ appliances did?
Janice’s fridge just broke down and had to be replaced a couple weeks ago and my clothes washing machine just dropped dead at the ripe age of 4 and forced us to replace it. Now both Janice’s new (and very expensive) fridge is already causing her grief and our brand new (and also pricey) washing machine sounds like it’s got a built in set of rocks being tossed about during each cycle. We called the store where we got it and fortunately they’re going to replace it on Monday with a new one.
But what is the deal? I remember my parents having the same washer, dryer and fridge basically our entire childhood. Sure the repair man had to come by every once in a while to fix something, but he didn’t come and pronounce the machine dead.
How about you? Have your major appliances lasted long lifetimes? Did the fridges, washing machines and dishwashers of your childhood seem to live longer than yours do now?