Sunday morning started off with a bang, I turned the cooktop on to make breakfast, turned around to get something out of the refrigerator and things went BANG- BANG. It wasn't left over 4th of July fireworks, the power control unit in the cooktop shorted out with a bang, and accompany cloud of electrical smoke, and that tripped the breakers (the second bang.) Once Jay and I assured one another we were both still alive, I called maintenance, the main breaker is in a locked control room and the condo maintenance person has to reset it. I thought about repair or replace, looked at the age on the cooktop and headed out appliance shopping.
I explained to the appliance salesperson what I was looking for, and why, and the urgency of the situation. He asked how old is the one that just went BANG! I said, "38 years, it was original to the condo that was new in 1982." He responded, "they don't make them like they use to, don't expect the new one to last that long" we both laughed. When GE built this 38 years ago they didn't expect it to last this long without repairs. But it did. The oven is the same age, and while the clock quit working decades ago, the oven still works wonderfully, it will hold 450 degrees F, to bake a Pizza like few I have ever seen. The original garbage disposal lasted 37 years, then the motor stopped, it still hadn't corroded through. The house in Lexington we had at least three disposals in 23 years, all of them corroded through and started leaking.
There is a backlog on deliveries and installs, the new cooktop will be installed on the 13th. I hope that is a good day for appliance installs.
Have you had any appliances outlive their life expectancy?