It’s a lottery when buying electrical appliances. Some people have no problems, others lemons, regardless of the manufacturer… It appears that nearly all companies, whether Japanese, Korean, etc get their products made where labour is cheap. The quality of the materials, is questionable. They are not made to last, there’s no money in something that lasts a long time.
Today I had to buy a new fridge / freezer, the switch that turns on the light stop working. The light stayed on regardless if it was closed or open, it then stayed off. No problem you might think, it’s just a light and a minor inconvenience, Sorry, when the switch is closed and light is out it turns the fridge on. I think it’s a power saving action, which makes sense to prevent the fridge / freezer using electricity when the door is open. However when your fridge / freezer is out of warranty and no spare part available at a very short notice, if at all, not quite such a good idea. I bought a Samsung, having had many good products from that company, its made in China. Most of the plastic trays and fittings have broken and now the switch has gone. Shortly after the warranty period the blue LED for temperature display on the panel developed a fault and I was missing part of the number. I couldn’t be bothered to have it repaired as it is cosmetic. I looked at the new equivalent model and noticed they had removed the switch, they probably had problems with the reliability. I think it’s no more then 5 years old, I have a Kelvinator fridge / freezer in the garage its 28 years old and still working.
I bought a Westinghouse, which is made in Thailand.I wonder how long it will last. certainly not 28 years.