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    Well, everything seems to be breaking. First our dishwasher and then the garbage disposable in the guest house. I'm sure next it will be our refrigerator since we've had it repaired twice already.

    Since our home will be 10 years old in January, I looked up the life expectancy of appliances these days and I think we're in for a few trips to the appliance store in the next few years.

    APPLIANCES YEARS
    Air-Conditioners 8-15
    Boilers 20-35
    Compactors 6
    Dehumidifiers 8
    Dishwashers 9
    Disposers, Food waste 12
    Dryers 13
    Exhaust Fans 10
    Freezers 10-20
    Furnaces 15-25
    Gas Ovens 10-18
    Heat Pumps 16
    Humidifiers 8
    Microwave Ovens 9
    Range/Oven Hood 14
    Electric Ranges 13-15
    Gas Ranges 15-17
    Refrigerators 9-13
    Washing Machine 5 -15
    Water Heaters 10-11

    My sister's Maytag washer that she had lasted 22 years..the one she bought to replace it lasted barely half that time.
    May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
    Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
    And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
    may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Michele View Post
    My sister's Maytag washer that she had lasted 22 years..the one she bought to replace it lasted barely half that time.
    Boy, howdy, ain't that the truth!

    Back in the mid-late '90s, we did a major kitchen renovation on my childhood home, built in 1960-61. We got rid of the 30-odd-year-old Kitchen Aid dishwasher that was all metal, but admittedly very dated-looking in avocado, and replaced it with a newer something (I don't remember if it was a Maytag or a Bosch or what) that held dishes beautifully, cleaned them very well, and broke about once per year.
    Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
    No one will be denied:
    Big law suits and bathroom toots;
    We're all getting Dixie-fried.
    But somewhere Hank and Lefty
    Are rollin' in their graves
    While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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    • #3
      Don't screw around with the hot water heater. Replace it at ten years whether you think you need to or not. When one of those blow it's a bigtime mess.
      If it pays, it stays

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
        Don't screw around with the hot water heater. Replace it at ten years whether you think you need to or not. When one of those blow it's a bigtime mess.
        Yep...happened twice to me. Luckily mine is downstairs in the basement and the water went out to the garage, so the actual damage was minimal. I'm terrified of the one in Maryland because it would leak out to my hardwood floors.
        Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
        Robert Southwell, S.J.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
          Don't screw around with the hot water heater. Replace it at ten years whether you think you need to or not. When one of those blow it's a bigtime mess.
          Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
          Yep...happened twice to me. Luckily mine is downstairs in the basement and the water went out to the garage, so the actual damage was minimal. I'm terrified of the one in Maryland because it would leak out to my hardwood floors.





          Depending upon the size and whether they're plastic or metal, about $10-$30 at your local hardware store, and worth every penny.

          These are required by codes in Nashville. I'm actually a little surprised they aren't required almost everywhere.
          Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
          No one will be denied:
          Big law suits and bathroom toots;
          We're all getting Dixie-fried.
          But somewhere Hank and Lefty
          Are rollin' in their graves
          While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
            Don't screw around with the hot water heater. Replace it at ten years whether you think you need to or not. When one of those blow it's a bigtime mess.
            I bet. Ours is under our house but it would still be a mess. Right now we've got our eye on replacing a lot of appliances in the next year or so.
            May we raise children who love the unloved things - the dandelion, the worm, the spiderlings.
            Children who sense the rose needs the thorn and run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards the sun...
            And when they're grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice,
            may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the one.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Michele View Post
              I bet. Ours is under our house but it would still be a mess. Right now we've got our eye on replacing a lot of appliances in the next year or so.
              Check into an on demand hot water heater instead of the tank type. There's advantages to both but if you go away from your home for any incrimental lengths of time the on demand heater may pay for itself.

              PG, it's what Chuck went to in Maryland since they only go there on weekends for now.
              If it pays, it stays

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Adam View Post




                Depending upon the size and whether they're plastic or metal, about $10-$30 at your local hardware store, and worth every penny.

                These are required by codes in Nashville. I'm actually a little surprised they aren't required almost everywhere.
                Yeah, mine has that around it...and I shut off the circuit breaker to it every time I leave the house, just in case.

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                Originally posted by Frostbit View Post
                Check into an on demand hot water heater instead of the tank type. There's advantages to both but if you go away from your home for any incrimental lengths of time the on demand heater may pay for itself.

                PG, it's what Chuck went to in Maryland since they only go there on weekends for now.
                I'll look into it for the next one.
                Not where I breathe, but where I love, I live...
                Robert Southwell, S.J.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by phillygirl View Post
                  Yeah, mine has that around it...and I shut off the circuit breaker to it every time I leave the house, just in case.
                  Ah. Well, unless your water heater actually explodes, you should be OK as far as your wood floors go. If it actually does explode, then your worries are going to be a lot greater than your carefully-polished hardwoods.
                  Bask in the warmth of the Deep South
                  No one will be denied:
                  Big law suits and bathroom toots;
                  We're all getting Dixie-fried.
                  But somewhere Hank and Lefty
                  Are rollin' in their graves
                  While kudzu vines grow over signs that read "Jesus Saves."

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