A washing machine and dryer set is a planned purchase for after the completion of our dirty kitchen and laundry room extension. After my wife and I looked around at several appliance stores, we settled on a matching set by Whirlpool.
No Electronic Keypads or Push Buttons
Any appliance in this area, which requires a keypad or push buttons to operate, seems to last no more than a year or two before the electronic components give out. The first microwave oven we owned here in the Philippines, coincidentally a Whirlpool microwave oven, was no exception.
It seems that every electronic appliance manufacturer wants to put keypads and push buttons on everything they make. Well, after I talked to the sales person for the appliance department at whichever appliance store it was (I’ll have to ask the wife – I think premature senility is hitting me), I found that Whirlpool makes the exact same models with the keypads or push buttons. They have the same familiar twist knobs that we’ve been using for years. The price without the extra electronics is actually a couple of hundred dollars cheaper.
Made in the Philippines
While I was looking at a different brand of dryer at another appliance store, the sales person showed me where to look (after you open the door) for the manufacturer’s plate. Lo and behold it was an off brand sold by Whirlpool. Not only that, but the plate said it was made in the Philippines. It’s odd that I’m just now finding out about all the American-owned companies producing appliances in the Philippines.
Even some of the washing machines made in the style of the old Japanese-type are made here in the Philippines (along with Korea). That kind of washing machine is made cheaply, doesn’t work very well, and generally doesn’t last very long at all.
The imbecile of a subcontractor, knowing that we were going put a laundry room in that spot, put standard outlets where other than standard outlets needed to be. We need to replace the one for the dryer with a heavy duty outlet designed for dryers and replace the one for the washer with a universal outlet because the plug prongs are circular.
I have a feeling that quite a few things will have to be changed before we’re finally finished with everything that needs to be done to the house. Local contractors still haven’t quite adapted to building American-style homes while leaving their Filipino-style homes mentality out of it.