Not Built to Last…

… appliances.

There, I said it.

For reference, let’s bring-up my parents’ home. Their appliances are AT LEAST 20 years old and still working just fine.

Now, let’s fast-forward to my home. I’ve lived here 9 years and this is my 2nd microwave in this home. We bought this specific microwave in 2019 so it’s hardly OLD. I’m not abusive to my appliances. I feel like I treat them better than normal wear-and-tear would. But my appliances do not survive. So this is why I believe they are now designed to fail. Do manufacturers not build things to last anymore?

Check this out. We had a technician come look at our microwave which died a couple weeks ago. We paid him $85 for a diagnosis. The diagnosis was: we need a new part that will cost $380, then $120 for installation. Everything combined… the repair will cost us $585. And of course, we’re outside the manufacturer’s warranty period of 1 year.

Um, we can literally buy a brand-new microwave for that price.

So now I’m thinking that this is some sort of revenue-generating scheme by appliance manufacturers. Instead of people buying a new microwave every 20 years or so (like my parents and their generation did), they’re now designed so that people have to buy a new one every 2-3 years. Maybe this is all purposeful!

If so, then it feels very wasteful. As well as unethical. I don’t like it.

My husband is going to try to fix the microwave himself, in order to save us this money. He found the part needed on eBay for $50. And he’s been watching YouTube videos on how to DIY. If he was handy, I wouldn’t be so concerned. But he’s not handy at all. This will probably fail horribly and we’ll need to buy a new microwave anyway.

Wish us luck!

In other news… the laundry room lights are fixed! Woohoo! 🙂

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8 Replies to “Not Built to Last…”

  1. Oy I hate when things don’t work the way they’re supposed to work! Before buying our current home together, my husband wasn’t handy AT ALL! Since then, every professional we’ve had to call in, he’s watched them do their thing and can now pretty much figure out anything himself!

    EXCEPT THIS ONE TIME… or AC died in the middle of freaking the hottest week of the summer and we only had the tiniest fan to use in our room (I call it the murder fan bc it sounds like the soundtrack to a horror movie when it oscillates) and we decided to take it apart just a bit to dw40 it but then he got so into it he started taking apart EVERY. SINGLE. PART of the fan until he got confused which part went where… I went nuts on him bc my sanity was relying on his stupid fan to work!!! Anyway, after an hour of bickering he finally put it back together properly and it only sounded like a mini-murder fan after that LOL

    1. Oh you are so lucky that your husband is handy and can do stuff like that! That’s awesome. And trial-and-error is the best way to learn, so you shouldn’t have any more issues if you ever need to take apart a fan again! 🙂

  2. You hit the nail on the head. It’s cheaper for them to build that way, and people are thinking about their short-term cost, rather than whether or not it’ll last, when people buy stuff.

    1. Oh I not happy about this at all. It just seems so wasteful. I’m not an expert at being eco-friendly or sustainable, but I do abhor unnecessary waste. I can’t support this if it’s on purpose. 🙁

  3. I have a white, turntable microwave. It was a wedding gift from my parents. At the time, a turntable was considered, what kids call today, “bougie”. Twenty-six years later, it works like a champ. I’ve had no problems whatsoever. Is the style of current standards? Not really. Everything’s stainless steel. I refuse to let it go simply because it’s no longer trendy. Plus, at the time, this was a huge expense for my parents, so I’m keeping it until it completely kicks the bucket.

    1. Lol omg your microwave will outlive ME at this pace! I wouldn’t get rid of it either. Once you replace it, you’ll be replacing it every 2-3 years FOREVER and it’s just not worth it. 🙂

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