A Little History Of Major Appliances


In 1929 Gordon Adler founded 1st Source Servall the first authorized distributor of OEM replacement parts. Since then 1st Source Servall has grown tremendously and now carries the largest selection of appliance parts on the internet. However, 1st Source Servall would not be where it is today without the makers of appliances. So lets take a step back in time to acknowledge the founders of our major appliances.

Refrigerator: In 1805 a man named Oliver Evans drew up a design for the first modern refrigerator. However, Evans did not further pursue his design until he moved to Philadelphia and met a man named Jacob Perkins. Perkins and Evans modified the design and patented the first modern refrigerator in 1835.

Dishwasher: In 1893 Josephine Cochran invented the first motor run dishwasher that used water pressure instead scrubbers to clean the dishes. By 1897 Cochran got the dishwasher patented in Shelby, Illinois.

Air Conditioner: In 1902 Willis Carrier invented the first modern air conditioner in Buffalo, New York. By 1906 the air conditioner was patented. In 1914 Carrier was layed off from his engineering position at Buffalo Forge Company and went on to co-find the Carrier Engineering Company which today is still one of the major manufacturers of heating and cooling appliances.

Washer: Clothing washers have been around since nearly the beginning of time with designs as simple the wash board. In 1908 the world of washing clothes changed tremendously when Alva J. Fisher invented “The Thor” the first electric washing machine.

Dryer: In 1915 J. Ross Moore invented the first electric clothing dryer in North Dakota and patented the design by 1935.

Furnace: In 1919 Alice H. Parker designed the first furnace in Morristown, New Hampshire. Her patent was accepted on December 23, 1919 for the first single source, gas-fired furnace.

Garbage Disposal: John W. Hammes invented the first garbage disposal in 1927 in Racine, Wisconsin. He got his patented by 1935 and had the garbage disposal on the market by 1940.

Microwave: On October 8th 1945 Percy Spencer patented the first microwave. However this microwave was around 6 feet tall, 800 pounds, and nearly 5,000 dollars not until around 1965 did the microwave become counter top size and affordable.

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