Let’s list some of the reasons to avoid GE appliances:
- they have lots of safety recalls for design defects;
- they’ve had class action lawsuits for building crappy stuff.
- they refuse to make their technical service manuals freely available to their customers as other, more enlightened manufacturers have done (e.g., Whirlpool, LG, Frigidaire, and Dacor);
- they are the preferred brand of high school dropouts.
But, let’s not pick nits. Here’s yet another reason to avoid GE appliances: ripoff pricing for replacement parts.
Here’s a good example. The coils on the gas valve are a common part to replace on any gas dryer. The coils are the same regardless of brand and, in most cases, are inexpensive. The exception, of course, is GE. Compare the difference in price: the gas valve coils in a GE bag retail for almost $70 whereas the same, exact coils sold by Whirlpool retail for around $20!
See, when you buy a GE appliance, the purchase is just the beginning of the milking that you’re in for.