When was the last time...

United States
January 2, 2009 1:24pm CST
you had to replace a major appliance, like your stove, fridge, or washer? We are in the process of replacing our dryer. I started a load of laundry earlier this week, and a moment or two after I put it in the dryer, the dryer stopped working. We checked the fuses and all that, but that wasn't the cause. The dryer is dead. We've had it about 7 years now, I guess that's not too bad, especially considering how many people I have to do laundry for. I'm surprised it lasted as long as it did. I was expecting my new dryer to show up today. We're purchasing it through hubby's work. So far I have not heard from him when it would be here but I'm hoping it will be soon, the laundry has just been piling up and it's taking over the house!
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@Polly289 (269)
• New Zealand
3 Jan 09
Well, I'm almost at my wits end with my appliances. They seem to want to give out on me. So far, in the last year, I've gone through 3 toasters. One brand new electric Wok. Through no fault of my own, I must say. Anyway, back to the laundry. I'm lucky, in that, I can hang it outside. It smells nicer when it's been out in the fresh air. Bit of a bother hanging it out though but thems the breaks. Not sure if you can do that where you are. Would save on electricity bills and get the stuff out of the house, wouldn't it? Happy Laundering and Happy New Year to you.
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• United States
3 Jan 09
No, I can't hang my clothes outside. There's a few feet of snow out there right now. Plus, I have a family of 7, our clothes would take up the entire yard.
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@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Hey kats! That is a pretty good amount of time for a dryer to last. Especially with the amount of dryer time that I'm sure that you have to use it! I have been really lucky with my dryer! I have had it for over 20 years! But, I don't use it too often and it is one of those very tiny portable electric ones. I am not supposed to have a washer or dryer in my apartment. I am on my fourth washer! But, the dryer has outlasted the washers by a long way! It has been used, but now I mostly just hang up the wet clothes. I don't think it will last much longer and I am afraid to try to sneak another one in. The last time I tried to sneak the last washer in I got caught and almost got evicted!
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• United States
3 Jan 09
That's one reason I hate renting. My mom was like that with cats. She wasn't allowed cats, but ended up having 6 of them at once. She wouldn't let the guys come over for repairs or anything. When they absolutely needed to get in, like the time her A/C broke, she had to send her cats off to my brother's house.
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@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I don't replace anything till it can't be fixed ever again such as my stove, it will soon have to be replaced because it only has one good burner now, the oven explodes when ever you have to light it with a match, there's a 3 inch gap now between the broiler and the oven door area because last week the oven door just fell off, (the hindges rusted off) and it takes much longer to bake anything because of that gap where you can look and see the flames and also the kitchen gets hot now because of that gap. My washer works just fine even though it has 3 tie downs holding the inside bowl in one place so it won't spin around breaking the washer belt! The knob has to be turned with a pair of plyers and a garden hose puts water in it, but other then that, it works just fine! I won't even mention how my refridgerator is, lets just say it works just fine and forget about the small fire that was in my freezer yesturday! Ha ha ha!!
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
2 Jan 09
We purchased a washer and dryer both about 6 years ago. A dryer should last longer than 7 years. Was the light working inside the dryer? We had a dryer belt to break once and my husband put on a new one and it worked for many more years. My mother has one she's been using for probably 25 years.
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• United States
2 Jan 09
There's never been a light inside the dryer. We don't really know enough about it to tinker with it. We're offering it up for free to anyone who thinks they want to try to tinker with it to get it working again.
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@Barb42 (4216)
• United States
2 Jan 09
And I've never had one that didn't have a light inside. Hope your new one shows up soon and you can get back to your washing. It's hard to do without a washer or a dryer.
• United States
3 Jan 09
My new one did show up, and it has a light inside... how weird, I've never had one that did. It's bigger than the old one too. Now I'm almost wishing my washer would die so I can upgrade that as well, lol! J/K, it needs to last until the dryer is paid off. But I think the washer will be the next thing I buy.
@gemini_rose (16194)
3 Jan 09
Not for a while, and I just know that I am going to have to replace something real soon. The door fell off my dryer a few weeks ago but I have been able to get it to stay on so that I can still use it, my washing machine keeps playing up, my freezer has seen better days and my sofa is starting to fall to bits. At the moment I just keep ignoring it all and hoping that it will go away!!
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• United States
3 Jan 09
EW, that's rough. But if you ignore it all, it could all blow at once. You should replace things one at a time, as needed, starting with whichever is most important. That way you can do it overtime and not all at once.
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@gemini_rose (16194)
3 Jan 09
well ive got a bit of money in my emergency stash now, enough to replace at least one thing so its a start lol, guarantee if one goes they all go!!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
Maybe you should take some of it to a laundrymat to do it there? Or perhaps ask your mom if you could bring some over and have a nice visit with her? That's what I use to do when I lived in an apartment. I really wasn't that fond of sharing a washer and dryer with strangers so I would take it to my mom's house and spend the evening with her or day lol. I know exactly how laundry can overrun a home and it's not fun but those are a couple of ways to eliminate your problem. Have a great night
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• United States
3 Jan 09
It's not a problem because my new dryer was delivered tonight, only a few days I had to go without it. Laundromats are so expensive, it's ridiculous. It costs well over a dollar to dry a load of clothes, ick!!
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@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
3 Jan 09
Well I'm glad your dryer came in then It will be nice to use a new one
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
3 Jan 09
I am going to need a new fridge soon. The compressor is about to go out and it would cost almost as much to fix it as it would cost to get a new one.
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• United States
3 Jan 09
We bought our fridge when we moved in here, almost 3 years ago. Hopefully that's something that will last awhile. I'm guessing my washer will be next because we purchased that at the same time as the dryer... after that will be the stove.
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@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
2 Jan 09
We replaced our washer and dryer last year with our tax refund money. Our washer was still working though we had had some problems with it. The dryer was going crazy. We would take our clothes out and there would be lines burnt in the clothes. Some how it was catching the clothes or something and rubbing the clothes till it left a brown mark. So we just got a whole new set. We had had them for like 8 years so it was time for some new ones. Our deep freeze will probably be the next thing we have to replace. We got it from my husbands great grandmother. It was used when she got it and she had it for atleast 20 years i'm told. How the thing still works I have no idea.
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• United States
2 Jan 09
We just got a new deep freeze a few months ago. The one we had was my mom's, she got it when I was still living at home, so it was well over 10 years old, but still going strong. I bought ours because I thought I wanted more room, but as it turned out, I never used mom's anymore. I was just using ours as it was so much bigger. So just about a month ago I sold mom's for $25.
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@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
2 Jan 09
Three years ago, we had to replace our stove. I decided that I would get a flat top since I've always wanted one. I love it. Here's the funny part. When we got it the oven was so clean that we didn't want to use it. Three years later? Still haven't used the oven. We went out and bought a George Foreman and an electric skillet (that we can also use to bake in) so that we don't have to use the oven in our stove! Crazy, huh?
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• United States
2 Jan 09
Did you check to see if it needed a new belt? That is normally what goes wrong with a clothes dryer. I've had mine for about 12 years and bought it used. I've had to replace one belt and other than that it has worked fine. My dryer gets plenty of use. It is used for work clothes for the company as well as the family.
• United States
2 Jan 09
My mom had a dryer that needed the belt replaced. It still worked without it, just had a horrible smell and didn't work very well. This dryer just stopped working all together, no signs that it was dying. We don't know enough about it to attempt a repair, and don't want to spend money trying to fix it only to find out we still have to replace it. So we're just buying a new one.
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• Mauritius
2 Jan 09
last thing that i replaced was my tv!! it had a problem where sometimes u cud hear no sound at all and it was replaced very quickly
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• United States
2 Jan 09
I wouldn't consider a TV an appliance, it's more of an electronic... but I recently replaced my TV as well.
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@g_aileen09 (1354)
• Philippines
2 Jan 09
Which reminded me of my electricity bills! Hahaha. I can live without dryer, but not without my washing machine. 7 years is long enough, and buying a new one is more economical than having the old one repaired.
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• United States
2 Jan 09
How do you live without a dryer? I've tried that when we first moved in here, we were unable to hook up the dryer for a few different reasons... granted that was summertime and easier. I hung the larger clothes on a line out back and the unmentionables were hung in my bedroom. I didn't like doing it, but did what I had to since we were unable to hook the dryer up. But then I could only do 1 load a day, and with 5 kids including a baby, I need to do at least 2 a day to stay caught up. Plus I had to skip the rainy days because I don't have the room inside the house to hang the entire load. Eventually I ended up washing the clothes at home and taking them to the laundromat to be dried. It was time consuming and expensive. Not to mention at the time I didn't even have a car, so had to walk to the laundromat with each load of laundry, with the baby in tow. Those were not fun days!! Glad they're behind me now.
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• United States
3 Jan 09
We replaced our washer a few months ago. That washer was about as old as I am, and I'm 22 years old now so it was about time that thing went. They threw a fit the entire time however while replacing it because I guess 22 years isn't a good run for a washer. I don't know but I thought it was pretty good myself.
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@sunil_008 (1270)
• India
3 Jan 09
i can't remember the last appliance to our home. because the old ones are i think perferming well to be replaced. but since with the technology is changing time to time . so these new products are coming with various different services and they are also easy to use category.our last washing machine is more than 6 yrs old. our last mixer and grinder is also that same old as i am not wrong. and finally congratulations for getting a new dryer. hope it will be a better than the old one.
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@rowantree (1190)
• United States
2 Jan 09
I feel your pain! We had to replace our dryer at the end of summer. It was 10 yrs old. Shortly after that, our washer broke! We'd bought them at the same time, so it figured. I had to go to the laundromat for 2 weeks and hated every minute of it. We're now waiting on our refrigerator to go next since we bought all 3 around the same time.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
2 Jan 09
That's too bad you have to have your dryer replaced! I've read that they make appliances with a built in life span, and most of them aren't even supposed to last 10 years. In this day and age you'd think they'd make them to last longer, thereby saving landfills from tons of appliances, etc. (Doesnt say much about the workmanship nowadays, does it?!) My dryer's about 7 years old too, so I'm crossin' my fingers it'll last another few years! The last appliance I had to get was a stove (last fall.) I was cooking on the stove top and all of a sudden the metal rings started arcing and almost started the upper cabinets on fire! Man, was I scared!!! Just as I was running to the basement to pull the power switch off, the whole house went dark and the fuse box flipped and cut off the power anyways. While investigating the price of new electric burner rings, I found out they don't even make that kind anymore. So, I looked up my appliance book I got with it and found out I got it a little more than 25 years ago. Hhahaha, time flies, because to look at it, it looks the same as a lot of the stoves being sold right now. After that I decided I might as well just get a new one, because there sure weren't any replacement parts available. I find it incredible that the older appliances can last sooooooo long, while the newer models die in a comparably short length of time. Hope you get your dryer installed soon! And...Have a happy new year!
• United States
2 Jan 09
I have no idea how old my stove is, it was in the house when we moved in, and the house is rather old. I do have to replace at least 1 burner, it's broken. I hope we don't have to replace the whole stove anytime soon, because we'll be paying on this dryer for awhile.
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