Whatever happened to the Maytag man?

maytag man

Do you remember that television commercial of three or four decades ago which featured the loneliest man in the world?  It was the  Maytag repair man, and he had no customers.

Fast forward to 2012. There is no Maytag man.  Baby, you’re on your own if you happen to own  anything made by Maytag.

Brenda, my best friend and closest neighbor invested megabucks in the Cadillac of Maytag refrigerators.  She bought it four years ago when she renovated her vintage cottage. Brenda is a wonderful cook and one of those people who “puts up” fresh vegetables so she wanted the best refrigerator on the market.

Last week, the refrigerator just died.  It was warmer inside that refrigerator than my house.  I cleaned out all the dead bodies from my own fridge and Brenda brought over her perishables which included at least 14 pounds of cheese.  Brenda, is a slender young thing.  I couldn’t believe how much cheese she was boarding.

I digress.  The point is she has been without a refrigerator for eight days.  That, combined with the fact her husband is fighting cancer, would have killed a weaker woman.  She is just as perky as she was when I met her 40 years ago. After all, she only has to walk across the street to get an egg.

fridgeHere’s my point.  My Aunt Emma just sold her 1939 Kelvinator Refrigerator which has been running since before World War Two.  She sold it for $200 to an antiques collector.

Brenda is living with a dead 21st  century Maytag and the company can’t seem to find the part to fix it.

Makes you want to go running screaming in the street, doesn’t it?

8 thoughts on “Whatever happened to the Maytag man?

  1. I have my parents 1949 Hotpoint which has been and is still running….. Technology didn’t seem to improve friges did it?

  2. Unfortunately, we now live in a disposable world! I call Aaron Conner on a very regular basis for appliance repairs. He fixes what he can, but more often than not, it is just out of warranty and almost as expensive to try to fix with no guarantee, than to trash, buy new, and have a warranty. Call Aaron-if he declares it unfixable, it is. Good luck!

  3. Aaron is my staple too – just like peas and carrots. When he can’t fix something, there’s no point in calling anyone else. Unfortunately the rest of the world has found out about Aaron and He’s hard to get!

  4. The Whirlpool Corporation owns Maytag. According to Whirlpool’s website, the company purchased the Maytag Corporation in 2006. Whirlpool owns other popular brands, including KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Gladiator, Consul, Brastemp, Bauknecht and Amana. In 2008, Whirlpool had annual sales of about $19 billio

    call: 877-486-2371

    I had the same problem with a 3 year old Maytag French Door Refrig. Called Whirlpool and gave them the model number and after 2 weeks of “you know what ‘ing” with Maytag., Whirlpool flew, a not charge, the part the same day that I called.

    Since then, I have gone 100% to Whirlpool. Replaced a stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer.

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