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"They don't make 'em like they used to!"
Is this true for appliances?
"Do you know the lingo?" appliance repair vocabulary quiz?
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Appliance fun fact
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"They don't make 'em like they used to!"
RepairClinic.com asks "Is this true for appliances?"
 

You've probably heard, or even said yourself, "They don't make 'em like they used to!" People exclaim this when talking about almost anything, including cars, houses and of course appliances.

Is this necessarily a bad thing? After all, cars today are better engineered, last longer and have more features. The same is true for appliances. However, while cars have become more mechanically complex and increasingly difficult to repair, appliances today have simpler designs and are much easier to repair than they were 20 years ago, according to RepairClinic.com President Chris Hall.

"Furthermore, the cost of appliances has remained pretty flat," says Hall, "while the cost of cars has gone way up."

So if repairing appliances has gotten easier and the cost of appliances has stayed flat, why do people have the perception appliances are not as durable as they used to be?

"If you paid $800 for a refrigerator 10 years ago, a repair, including parts and labor, may have cost you $120," says Hall. "However, you can buy a refrigerator today for $600, but a repair might cost you $180 - the increase mostly attributable to rising labor costs."

So the cost of a repair today, with parts and labor, is a larger percentage of the cost of the entire appliance.

Therefore, says Hall, when faced with repair bills adding up to a third, or in some cases half, the cost of the appliance, people are more likely today to just replace an ailing machine and conclude -- often incorrectly -- they're not made as well as they used to be.

When you combine the fact that appliances are easier to repair today than 10 years ago with the fact that appliance repair labor costs have gone up much faster than appliance costs, it makes good sense -- and cents -- to try to repair your own appliances. And hey, that's what RepairClinic.com is all about. We'll help you every step of the way, from helping you troubleshoot problems to finding the exact part you need.

  "Do you know the lingo?" appliance repair vocabulary quiz
Match the lettered terms to the correct numbered definitions.
 
a - chill plate
b - drain pan
c - bimetal
d - mullion
1 - A panel used to collect condensation from a refrigerator's evaporator during a defrost cycle.

2 - The stationary part of a structure between two doors.

3 - A part made of two metals bonded together to form a single metal strip. Each metal on the strip responds differently to changes in temperature. This response acts as an actuator in switches.

4 - An evaporator in the refrigerator compartment that defrosts each time the thermostat cycles off.
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  Appliance fun fact
Cool it and save money. Up to 90 percent of the cost of washing clothes comes from heating the water.
  Appliance maintenance calendar
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