A recent Consumer Reports survey on best American-made home appliances made news lately, as it showed how competitive the US appliance market has become. It seems that US appliance manufacturers are producing more of their their premium and luxury appliance brand models on US shores, but continuing to outsource lower-priced appliance models to foreign countries and independent contractors. .
From the pro-style ranges are made in KitchenAid’s factory in Cleveland, Tenn.to the KitchenAid dishwashers that are manufactured in Findlay, Ohio, the range of US-made appliances is impressive. Brands that made the list that Appliance Parts Company has serviced and carried parts for in the past include Whirlpool, Amana, Maytag, General Electric and others.
Higher prices for premium models?
As premium models continue to get produced in America, prices on US-made models might be a little higher for consumers. But that higher price comes with the satisfaction of knowing that the appliance is made on US soil with American ingenuity. And many US consumers still like to shop for American models.
But even those US-made products are still prone to breakdowns, service repairs and appliance part replacements. Much of the problems stem from the increased amount of high-tech gadgetry that’s part of today’s dishwashers, refrigerators and washer-dryers. From electronic LED screens, to touch-screen water and ice dispensers, to automatic washing load directions, more software is causing more appliance breakdowns.
A good indicator for when appliance replacement parts might be needed for your home appliance is roughly the length of time you’ve owned your major home appliance. If you’ve had that over range for 5-6 years, and that dishwasher for 6-7 years, then chances are, those appliance might need a replacement part at some point soon.
For instance, little signs can tip you off. In a refrigerator, you should look to see if the door is shutting properly, or if the food is being cooled sufficiently. Deficiencies in either area may mean that you need a new fridge gasket or new cooling Freon added. If you need to upgrade because your fridge is older than a decade, then shop around for an energy-efficient refrigerator that can save you money by keeping your food cool on relatively little power.
So when the time comes to find that specific appliance replacement part for your home appliance, consider shopping online at Appliance Parts Company, located in Arizona and serving the greater southwest with many types of appliance parts for major appliances.