I don't fix em for a living. I sell em. Spent years doing so.
I figure if I can rip apart my floor models I can make sure I'm not selling crap.
This website in conjunction with parts diagrams from searspartsdirect, whirlpoolparts, repairclinic and the wonderful world
of the internet allows me to virtually take apart and examine any appliances out there.
The only brands I haven't taken apart are Fisher Paykel, Asko, etc.
The main NA brands like LG, Samsung, Whirlpool brands, GE etc I've mostly torn down and passed judgement. Theres machines I will simply refuse to sell based on
feedback from my customers, repair calls from when I worked at Sears and massive amounts of research and reading. I refer to our G.E. dishwasher display as the Wall of Shame.
Appliances in and of itself kills me. Alot of times things will not make any sense whatsoever. Bosch is a semi-trusted name in these parts. The name itself is sold on the "quality" then they do silly
things like letting Frigidaire build their lower end of ranges. Why would you do that? Or opening up a new washing machine to find aluminum motor windings instead of copper, who approves these decisions?
However in the end I realize it's not always the manufacturer who is at fault (Unless we're mentioning the Neptunes...) sometimes its just defective customers. Yes, the G.E. Dishwasher says it has a piranha hard food disposer
However that does not mean its functional as a garbage disposal.
Most manufacturers I have a love/hate relationship with. When W.C. Woods went out of business I did a little jig, they were a cause of much pain and suffering for myself and my customers. Sure there were a few customers affected by NLA part issues but thems the breaks.
Then commeth Whirlpool, with their brand spanking new line of uprights and allfridges, suspiciously looking like W.C. Woods, suspiciously having the same issues that W.C. Woods did. Damn you Vulturepool, damn you.
I think the only company I hate with a burning passion would be Frigidaire. Mucho headaches for me, mucho pain for customers, mucho "BUT ITS A KENMORE IT SHOULD BE GOOD" No, it's a Frigidaire.
Ever seen the $699 fully integrated Kenmores built by Frigidaire? They vent out the top of the machine, not the top of the door like Maytag/Kitchenaids, but out the top of the back of the machine. When we had a customer complain of a bubble in their laminate
Frigidaire told the tech to go buy marine sealant to seal the countertop and to remound the dishwasher so it stuck out further than it was supposed to so it could allow for better venting from around the machine. The frame was past the actual cabinet itself when they gave the new measurements for mounting.
or the Frigidaire wall ovens with selfclean and convection sold under the Kenmore brand, goddamn Consumer Reports says they're the bees knees. Know what? They're not, that stupid thermal safety or whatever at the back just goes off like a rocket if a customer uses a 2 hour self cleaning cycle. You know the sensor I'm talking about, It's by the back electronics near the fan, it's mounted flush to the rear panel where theres not enough insulation, heads up to a billion degrees, pops and then the unit is dead until a tech comes and pulls it and resets it.
Heres a non official fix for that, slip a thin flathead screwdriver in between the sheet metal and the safety, tighten the screws, remove screwdriver, enjoy the tiny airgap that will still allow the safety to function but make it less prone to popping out under standard conditions. This is probably dangerous as all hell though.
Then there were the Frigidaire cooktops with those stupid infrared touch controls, anytime the customer would brush their hand 5-6" over the controls to grab a pot the controls would fire off as if their finger was on them. Frigidaire charged the customer $500 for one of these boards on a $1200 cooktop. A month later, same issue.
I'm jaded and mostly ignorant though so who knows.