They Just Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To…

by Susan

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?



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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