Specifically, I hate modern appliances. Why? Because one tiny thing breaks and it ends up costing a ton of money. For example, our stove, which we bought a long time ago, only lasted one year (just past the warranty) before some tiny piece of plastic inside the doohickey behind one of the knobs broke, and suddenly you couldn’t turn off one of the burners. It was always on. Thankfully it was a back burner, and Maya wasn’t a little child, and we would just turn off the power to the stove when we weren’t using it, but yeah, not good.
The fridge has had myriad issues. The door compartment, where you put condiments and so on, is cheap plastic and has broken TWICE. There is nowhere to go buy the new part locally, you have to order it online and wait. Twice in the last two years, something (two different things, btw) have broken, both of which have the symptom of cold freezer, warm fridge. Not OK, and not 2x in 2 years.
Most recently, the touchpad ‘start’ button on the dishwasher went out, meaning I could not turn on the dishwasher. I do understand that this is a first world problem, but it made me mad, and also made me wish we had kept our old eyesore of a dishwasher, which had a knob that you turned rather than a stupid touch pad. Though perhaps that would have died by now as well. So I looked online to see what the issue might be, discovered it was the control panel, watched a YouTube about how to replace that, got scared because it looked pretty technical, and called a repair guy. He seemed knowledgeable, and looked online to find the replacement part. He said the part was maybe $150, and the labor would be about $150, so we said, “oh forget it”, and bought a new, I’m sure equally stupid, dishwasher. Not exactly how I wanted to spend the money. I guess I could have just bought a dish rack for the counter and gone all old school, but we’d likely end up buying a new one at SOME POINT, so we may as well bite the proverbial bullet now. Sigh.