The first thing I check on after going to the Energy Star list is the appliance reliability reports. This takes some research but pays off. Our GE fridge is 12 yrs old with no service other than filter and light bulb changes.
I don't think that's possible, as the refrigerant is still inside of that 40 year old refrigerator, it's not in the atmosphere. When the thing reaches end of life, perhaps after 50 years, the refrigerant will be reclaimed, not released to the atmosphere. Only in the rare occasion of a gross leak is any appreciable amount of this refrigerant ever released to the atmosphere, given modern regulations, as it's impossible to get your trash company to pick up said old refrigerator without a tag showing the refrigerant had been reclaimed.
I know that in even ideal circumstances, some is always lost, either thru slow leaks or during the reclamation process. Heck, illegal dumping probably contributes, but I'd suspect that less than 1% of the refrigerators produced today ever see an illegal dump.
When the ratio of lifespan is literally 10:1, I do have to wonder which is the greater evil. We're not talking about a 20% or 50% change in typical lifespan and trashed units, but perhaps 1000%.
I’d like to do the same, but when there’s literally only one option in stock that fits your opening, that pretty much eliminates shopping on other factors.The first thing I check on after going to the Energy Star list is the appliance reliability reports. This takes some research but pays off. Our GE fridge is 12 yrs old with no service other than filter and light bulb changes.
Update to ^ ^ ^, cleaning the coil did nothing...that night it went from cooling poorly (even the fridge side was too warm) to no cooling at all. New Whirlpool French door was delivered today...1 yr warranty with 3 yr add on coverage for 90 some dollars more.My inlaws had an appliance guy out to look at their 5 YO Frigidaire side x side fridge/freezer just yesterday...the guy said he had been doing this work for 40 years now...he also told them the reason that their fridge and freezer was suddenly not staying cold was that that there must be a leak and it's now low on freon...needed a new compressor and a recharge, but he doesn't do that anymore.
The whole thing smelled a little funny to me when I found out that the only thing he did to it was to defrost the coil...hmmm.
So I went over to look at it last night and when I pulled the front cover off the whole coil was covered in about an inch of dust bunny/pug hair...I vac'd things up and it seemed to be off to the races when plugged back in...they said they didn't think it had been cleaned before...I guess 5 years without a cleaning is a pretty good run! Haven't heard yet about the results...I bet its fine though.
I wonder what volumetric fraction of each of these countless failed appliances ends up in a landfill. Surely all of the plastics and hoses. Not sure how much if the wiring and chassis get recycled.
Our HE washer is going on 12 yrs now. It's been a good performer with no issues. It's made by Electrolux Sweden and sold under the Frigidaire label.Got 5 years out of the last washer. The control board died during Covid. Finally got a new one in after the warranty expired. Then it died again.
I couldn't imagine losing all of the food in my fridge or a freezer, half of which was produced by us.I've come to the conclusion that the trouble with a warranty is that I'm not going to be without a kitchen refrigerator or water heater for more than a few hours, let alone days, or the week our local warranty provider offered to send someone out for diagnosis. Unless they can be there same-day, and have parts to execute a repair same or next day, it's likely that refrigerator or water heater is going in the trash, even if it is under warranty.
A longer warranty isn't worthless, it's still an indicator of the manufacturer's expectation of mean time to failure. However, I won't be the one waiting on warranty service, for any appliance as critical as a primary refrigerator or water heater. Just not worth it, when I can usually have a new one installed within a few hours or a day, and get back to life as normal. Heck, if there's a chance of saving a few hundred dollars worth of refrigerated and frozen foods, that alone can pay the majority of the cost of a new appliance.
While you were replying I actually edited my post to include many more thoughts, most of which you share. I think most people would rather "buy once and cry once" for the majority of their purchases. Instead it's like we are on a constant subscription type service for everything we use.It’s a real shame that they don’t build things to last. Just so you can spend more money on a new one. I have a standup freezer in my pole barn from the early 80s that’s still chugging along keeping things icy cold from my grandmom’s house. My parents still have the original fridge from when their house was built 30 years ago in the garage, and their original drier as well. Although they have gone through 2 dish washer failures. Can’t remember if the washer died or was just replaced for a bigger unit.
I prefer to pay more for something that will actually last me and not need anything or very minimal maintenance to stand the test of time. Unfortunately it seems most things aren’t built that way anymore.