A tiny shop like that doing a appliance repair since 1947 is very impressive. I'm sure they have had plenty of loyal customers at their store. Well, what day of the year is this shop the busiest? http://www.crownappliance.ca/en/in_home_appliance_repair.html
Best Place to Repair Beloved Old Appliances St. Louis 2000 - Park Electric Repair Co.
Bill Schoenhoefer took the reins (cords?) of Park Electric about 17 years ago. His dad, Ralph Schoenhoefer, used to make house calls on St. Louisans' sick toasters and fix that 100th string of Christmas lights so the big old bulbs would glow. Today, though, you have to bring your toaster to the shop, clutching it to your bosom as you squeeze your way around VCRs, stereos, a glamorous '40s torchère lamp waiting for rewiring, a porcelain-frog lamp base with its webbed hands outstretched. Schoenhoefer's solemn about his work, ruefully acknowledging that the leaky spring-green galvanized watering can he just soldered "won't be a permanent fix. The metal's too thin -- it's rusting through." So ... why fix it? He shrugs. "It's special to her. And she can reach her plants with it.
"Used to be, a lot of things could be fixed," he adds. "Now companies just use plastic, and they won't even make replacement parts." Schoenhoefer keeps shelves of gizmos on hand -- especially the ancient light bulbs you can't find anywhere, like the teeny circlet that powers the bullet-nosed chrome flashlight your grandfather used to shine on courting couples. He also keeps, deep in his old attic of a shop, the oddments he needs to fix an electric bird caller that plays a tape on speaker ("I don't know if it's so much to call the ducks as it is to distract the crows!") and the zapper that's supposed to keep somebody's cat away from the bird feeder and -- his personal favorite -- the old Sunbeam Mixmaster, solid metal on its own stand, with its own metal bowl. He reaches behind the counter, pulls up an old white one and squints at the bottom. "Model No. 5," he grins. "Gotta be at least 50 years old."
He'll fix hedge trimmers that have bumped into brick walls, Hoover uprights that have sucked down one too many wet noodles, clocks that haven't ticked in years. In short, he'll fix anything that'll fit through the door -- unless it's new. Don't even think about bringing the microwave. And don't be tempted by those three-figure retro reproductions in fancy home catalogs, either -- the new ripple-based blenders that mime the old Osterizer, the new rotating fans in their black enamel cages. You already have one of those in the basement, cobwebbed and faithful. And Park Electric can make it right again.
-- Jeannette Batz
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Jeannette, I like how you talked about the differences between old and new refrigerators. When my husband and I got married we my grandmother gave us a vintage refrigerator. We love it so much, but it just recently stopped working and we have been having a hard time figuring out how to fix it. It seems like we need to find someone who specialized in refrigeration repair. http://adgemisrefrigeration.com.au
Thank you so much for the suggestion on where to go to get my dishwasher repaired. The other day my dishwasher just stopped working while it had dishes in it. When I opened the dishwasher, suds went all over the place. I think that there is something wrong with the wiring. What is the address to this appliance repair shop?
A lot of my appliances are really old, so they tend to break down all the time. It would be really nice to be able to have appliances that actually work. I am hoping that if we get them professionally repaired they wont have to get fixed again. I wonder how much it would cost to hire a professional repair man.
We have one of those massive freezers in our garage that needs to be repaired. It is very old but, I still really like it. I use it to store the meat that get from hunting in the hunting season. How much would it cost to get something like it repaired? http://www.mastertechca.com/refrigeration/2039403