Sunday, December 27, 2009

1940 Water Heaters

I've been scanning some old Philgas stove sales brochures and ran across these sales brochures for 1940 water heaters. Considering my recent water heater experience, they caught my eye.

20 yr warranty.

We once had the capability of building a 20 yr water heater. Now they typically last less than 10 yrs, if you are lucky. Something is wrong here.

Oh, and check out those prices. I almost cried.


dynochick (Jan) said...

Planned obsolescence.

My parents, 3 years ago, bought a high end Amana fridge. It lasted 3 yrs. Could not be fixed and they had to buy a new fridge.

I don't like the fact that most large items cannot be repaired. Everything is sealed and electronic. I try never to buy anything with a touch pad.

If companies are going to build crap they should be forced to pick up and dispose of large items that do not last at least 20 years. Let them start to worry about disposable fees and I think we would see longer lasting appliances.

Sandy said...

I agree 100%, Jan! The really sad thing is that the appliances cost an arm and a leg on top of not being reliable.

Anonymous said...

Thats is the very reason Im keeping my working circa 1927 Ruud automatic water heater; it was put in the house in construction and will die with the house if I can help it.

Neighmond said...

Got some pictures of my want them?

Here you go-it's one old heifer!


StuccoHouse said...

Jan & Sandy - I think you have hit the nail on the head. It's been fun working on my vintage Tappan because they were clearly made to be taken apart, repaired and put back together. With out a rocket science degree.

Anonymous - Wow, 1927 and still working. Cool.

Chaz - Thanks for posting your photos! Anyone interested in seeing a vintage water heater should take a peek! I like the rounded edges and the little feet. Interesting to see the specs in the last photo. Do you think it's from the very early 50's?

It's kind of funny that the exterior look of water heaters hasn't changed all that much in all of these years.

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