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! 🙂