Thursday, May 13, 2010
The Failing Highrise Electrics
2010, so far.
Clothes dryer belt $20
Balcony door bolt $40
TV repair $400
Dishwasher repair $320
Three bedroom overhead fans and lounge dimmer switch $1240
Non standard light bulbs $50
Dead lock replacement $100
Range hood light repairs $?
Electric kettle $60
Total $2,330, allowing $100 for range hood lights. Probably something I have missed too.
What happened? Two cases of power supply units failing, tv and dishwasher. I am sure in the olden days appliances did not have a power supply unit, or if they did, they never failed. You fixed your tv or radio by taking the back off it by removing a few slotted screws, not Philips heads, and looked for a valve that was either glowing red hot or not glowing at all. You took it out, went to the shop and bought a replacement and plugged it back in. No power supply unit nonsense.
The Lockwood 001 deadlock has been around for three decades or more. This is the first one of ours that has gone wrong. When I removed it there were lots of brass shavings and a bit of metal. What a fail.
Clothes dryer belt, fair wear and tear.
Light bulbs, we use a lot of unconventional lighting. It costs.
Kettle, total extravagance. Nothing wrong with the old one except it was so noisy.
Range hood lights. Don't know yet. Not high priority. No evidence of burn marks. Maybe in the switch.