|The Appliance Doctor
By Annette Langenstein, Staff
Patrick Murphy is the Appliance Doctor, and he's been
practicing for 38 years. I spoke with him in his shop just east of
Charleston, where he works mainly by appointment.
Patrick got into the appliance repair business because
"I had a girlfriend in California whose dad owned a Maytag business. I
quit my Parks and Recreation job to work for him and he taught me the
business. Basically the School of Hard Knocks. I started out doing odd
jobs in his shop and just learned from there."
I asked Patrick about the services his business provides. "Well, I
mainly work on older appliances. I try and stay away from anything
electronic. I don't have the training to work on the newer stuff.
Refrigerators used to be simple machines. The problem with today's
appliances is they've got one or more electronic boards that control
the fan, the compressor, the defroster, you name it. There are sensors
everywhere and it's very complicated. And these appliances absolutely
don't last as long as the older ones. The guy that trained me in 1977
has a machine that's almost 40 years old that's still running."
went on, "Years ago, it used to be true that you didn't need to buy an
extended warranty on an appliance because it was built well. Today, if
you're going to spend $3,000 on a washer and dryer set, you'd better
spend the $250 for the extended warranty, because you'll need it.
You'll be spending $500 or $600 to get it fixed, otherwise."
Patrick Murphy, the Appliance Doctor, stands beside his work van. .
refurbished washers and dryers is what Patrick does mostly now. "I've
sold literally hundreds and hundreds of those in Coos County over the
years," he said. "I have a good faith 90 day warranty. I don't rip
people off and try and treat them the way I want to be treated. I have
a good clientele and take care of my customers. There are a lot of
outfits that won't honor a warranty if it's just one day past the
Patrick has been advertising in the South Coast
Shopper for almost 20 years, and I asked him why. "The Shopper?" he
asked. "It's the best advertising for the dollar. It's out there every
day, all week, and everybody reads it."
So why is The Appliance
Doctor different from other appliance repair outfits? "If you saw a
video of how I recondition a machine, you'd buy one from me," said
Patrick. "There are guys out there that will get a dryer, put a new
heating element in it, wipe it down and sell it. That's not what I do.
I take apart a machine right down to the frame. Everything is cleaned,
lubed, replaced, whatever. After I put it back together, it gets
thoroughly tested. Everything I sell is good enough to be in my house."
Got an older washer or dryer that you love but it needs work? Give The Appliance Doctor a call at 541-888-8902.
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