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  •  This is how ALL appliances should be engineered. (2+ / 0-)
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    Dem Beans, annan

    Currently, pretty much every model of every appliance has a custom-designed circuit board.

    If that circuit board blows (due to, e.g., a power surge), the technician they send to your house will explain that he can't run the diagnostics, and that removing and hauling the appliance to the shop is a two-man job. So, you're out $60 for the first service call, and probably $100 for the call to haul the thing in. At that point, they'll discover that you need a new controller board, which they will order and install. The price for that custom-designed board will be somewhere between $150 and $250, and you'll pay at least one hour of shop time. You've now spent over $400 to repair a $450 appliance.

    This is despite the fact that every major appliance on the planet could be using one modular-design programmable controller card, containing maybe $50 worth of components, and every such appliance could similarly be designed to make that controller card user-swappable.

    It's insane.

    To put the torture behind us is, inevitably, to put it in front of us.

    by UntimelyRippd on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 06:32:53 AM PST

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