A Few Appliance Repair Tips for When Things Break Down

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

The only thing more disturbing about trying to turn on an appliance and finding out it doesn't work is having the thing explode on the spot. Although in some ways, an exploding appliance could be a very comforting thing because the solution to the dilemma would be immediately and very clearly presented. You could just buy a new whatever.

Well, unless you're in Hawaii on vacation and it's New Year's Day. Even the laundromats were closed in Kailua-Kona when my washer broke.

The thing is anybody who knows me knows I am a solution-oriented individual. I welcome challenges, even if they are frustrating, irritating and annoying. You can read more about tips for fixing appliances in my personal blog today at this link: How to Fix the Problem When an LG Washer Doesn't Start.

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Rainmaker
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Lottie Kendall I always advise my clients to never ever ever start a plumbing project on a Sunday because if it goes haywire, you're pretty much hosed.

Jan 02, 2017 01:39 PM #9
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Nina Hollander I was completely unaware that one could own a $3,000 microwave. Does it heat up your bed? What does such an appliance do? Can it grill a pig for a luau?

Jan 02, 2017 01:40 PM #10
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Nina Hollander
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ~ none of the above. It's a GE Advantium Oven that works as both a convection and a microwave... sort of the Porsche of microwaves. When I built the home, they were $1,800; today they are about $3,200. But you can roast a whole chicken in one in what's like a nano-second!

Jan 02, 2017 01:45 PM #11
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Nina Hollander Oh, geez, thanks a lot. Now you have given me something new to lust for. I have been googling the Monogram GE Advantium, and see it can cook "real baked potatoes" with crispy skin and all in 8 minutes! I need this like I need a hole in the head, but now I can't stop thinking about it, LOL.

Jan 02, 2017 01:58 PM #12
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Nina Hollander
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Elizabeth, I get it. For me, first it was the Miele dishwasher with a third rack for silverware. Saw those when I lived in Europe back in 1991 and lusted for it till I built my home in 2006. Then it was the Miele built-in coffee maker (still my most favorite appliance of all time)... but I'm a coffeeholic... and it's a fresh cup each time. GE came out with these Advantiums about the time we started building this house and it was lust at first sight for me, as well. They did used to be more reasonably priced. From what I can gather, it is still the only oven of its kind.

Jan 02, 2017 02:04 PM #13
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I have had wonderful service from my LG appliances.  Of course I also always buy the extended warranty too.  Have I ever used it? yes, on the freezer and the washing machine (which is a kenmore by the way)

Jan 02, 2017 02:05 PM #14
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Tammy Lankford, I put my husband in charge of researching appliances through Consumer Reports so none of ours (knock on wood) have ever failed. By the time they get old enough, sometimes it makes sense to buy brand new, just to capitalize on new innovations. Everything in our house is 10 years old. At $450 a pop, we've saved $4,500 so far.

Jan 02, 2017 03:15 PM #15
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Nina Hollander A built-in Miele coffeemaker has been on my list for our next kitchen remodel. I'd like to have it in Hawaii at our vacation house but everything rusts here eventually.

Jan 02, 2017 03:19 PM #16
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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This last autumn, I replaced an old Kenmore dishwasher with an LG.  Right away, I noticed they don't make appliances as sturdy as they once did.  For example the old Kenmore had a heavy metal spring that was used for the door, but the LG has a thin nylon cord, which will be lucky to last 2 years. There's a whole lot of planned obsolescence in manufacturing these days!

Jan 02, 2017 04:39 PM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat You hit the nail on the head. Manufacturers keep cutting costs and finding ways to use cheaper, more inferior materials. Why, it used to be you could buy a pair of Victoria's Secret panties and they would last a few years, now they fall apart after a couple washings. You can see right through the thread count. LOL.

Jan 02, 2017 08:41 PM #18
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Elizabeth I remember when my parents washer & dryer lasted 25+ years... the first day we moved into our new home the  Water Heater broke and had to use the home warranty.... as soon as I canceled the home warranty we spent over $3k to fix the  Heating and A/C unit... go figure... the breakdown always happened on Holiday Weekends and the Plumbers, A/C  and Electricians love us like family:))Endre

Jan 02, 2017 11:07 PM #19
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I can see it now.

You: "Give me the screwdriver, I'll fix that SOB."

Tenant guy: "No way, little lady. This is a man's job."

You: "Says you."

Tenant guy: "Let's compromise. I'll take all your laundry home and do it myself if you'll just back off."

You: "That works for me."

 

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I enjoyed reading your post. I will share this with others.

Jan 03, 2017 06:21 AM #21
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Hella Mitschke Rothwell You have me laughing out loud over this because that's sorta how it went:

I can see it now.

You: "Give me the screwdriver, I'll fix that SOB."

Tenant guy: "No way, little lady. This is a man's job."

You: "Says you."

Tenant guy: "Let's compromise. I'll take all your laundry home and do it myself if you'll just back off."

You: "That works for me."

Then, yesterday, tenant sent a text to ask if I had any more "luck" with the washer. I reminded him that a) he has the warranty info, not me and b) hey, my laundry is finished.

Jan 03, 2017 07:52 AM #22
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Endre Barath, Jr. Those home warranties are a calculated risk on both sides. And I remember when automatic washing machines were first released in a big way to the public in the 1950s, and you got free towels inside boxes of laundry soap. That was a major event at my house, to get rid of the wringer washer. But those things never broke down.

Jan 03, 2017 07:56 AM #23
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Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents ~ I'm familiar with rusting in Hawaii... three of our four grandchildren were born in Hawaii (not that I'm saying they are rusty! ) and one of my best friends grew up in Hawaii and retired there temporarily back in the 1990's. I remember her always saying to never buy a new car as it would just rust out.

Jan 03, 2017 08:30 AM #24
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Nina Hollander So what do people do then? Do they buy an old rusty car to avoid having a new car rust out, ha, ha, ha. I don't get it. I know cars last about 10 years here, according to friends. They say it's a waste of money to buy an expensive car.

Jan 03, 2017 08:46 AM #25
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Hi Elizabeth... exactly... that's what Diana used to say, "don't buy a new car and don't buy an overly expensive car." She always bought one with relatively low mileage and in nice condition.... but cheaper than new.

Jan 03, 2017 09:16 AM #26
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Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
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Hi Elizabeth -- I've learned so much reading the comments - banter between you, Nina Hollander and Hella Mitschke Rothwell  that I nearly forgot about the trouble you are having with your LG washer.   

And it's always good to start off the new year with clean clothes...

Jan 03, 2017 10:25 AM #27
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Michael Jacobs Yes, I am really hopeful that I persuade Hella Mitschke Rothwell to hop a boat from her island, and then I'll hop a boat from mine, and we can both meet up in Lanai to enjoy lunch at The Four Seasons in Manele Bay.

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