Yes, everything is this way nowadays. They will just come repair on warranty again and again, forever. Our new, fancy, energy efficient A/C and furnace took 6 months to get working. Forget that, our new, fancy, energy efficient water heater is still being repaired 18 months later. A part will get here sometime before I die and finally I will have hot water again. I completely agree about energy savings versus hassle, landfill space, etc. For these two items, I eventually had to make calls and investigate myself because, even though I didn’t 't know anything, what I was being told wasn’t passing the common sense test.
Another issue I have is, even though the companies will repair on warranty, they still scratch and bump the flooring and walls. And then waiting for them is like the cable company. “We’ll be there between 8am and 6pm.” That one time you don’t get up at 8, that’s the day they decide to be on time and start ringing your doorbell.
Anyway, I am purchasing a new refrigerator in a couple days. Does anyone have a model they purchased recently that didn’t give them issues? (Budget is up to $1000.) Against all the advice here, I’d prefer an ice maker because I’ve never had one and I always imagine the luxurious life of never running out of ice cubes. But I guess I can keep on roughing it if a recommendation is really strong.