Reply to "For those who layouts are in the basements"

dkdkrd posted:
gunrunnerjohn posted:

I'd like to know what dehumidifier you have that has lasted 20 years, I want one of those!

Since you asked...I checked.

It's a Whirlpool 25-pint dehumidifier purchased in July 1998...nearly 21 years, in fact!  We bought it from Home Depot.  Set it at 60%.  Right now not running because....

Well, the Whirlpool of yesteryear isn't the same as the Whirlpool of today, their stuff does not last nowadays!

dkdkrd posted:
But it got me thinking...  Basically a dehumidifier has a refrigeration unit/coil, and that's what gives up after a while.  I'm no appliance repairman, so I don't know the nitty-gritties about the forensics of deceased dehumidifiers.  But, I do know that back in the mid-1930's General Electric sure knew how to make a refrigerator that lasted!!  Mom & Dad bought a GE refrigerator that was similar to this one...

I think all the appliances are made as throw-away products nowadays.  We had a fridge that we bought new in 1973, and it moved with us twice and finally croaked around 2006.  Maybe not 50 years, but that old GE got over 30 years of continuous use, around 11 of them in the garage, an environment that's supposed to be pretty hard on refrigerators.  Then we went through two that lasted around five years, a Whirlpool and a Maytag.  Both of those cost way more than the old GE, but they barely made it past the 5 year sealed unit warranty. 

The telling part of the story is the 1 year warranty most dehumidifiers have.

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