I bought the dehumidifier in 1979, and it lived in three different homes over the years. When I finally decided to retire it, the machine was still working! That is, when I plugged it in, the compressor began running. If the temperature of my basement was below about 75 degrees, the coils would freeze up. The simple on/off switch no longer worked. The control knob for adjusting the humidity setting did not work. When running, it was very noisy and threw off a lot of heat. But it still removed moisture from the air when the conditions were right.
The new unit I bought 35 years after the purchase of the old one works better. It removes more moisture, more quietly, radiating very little heat, under almost all operating conditions. And I can run a hose to the basement sump for continuous draining. With the old unit I had to empty the bucket twice daily because the plastic hose connection was stripped long ago and leaked.
I know CEOs who, like me, stick with the old technology too long. The ancient computer operating system causes all kinds of interrupts and lost productivity. The phone system is cumbersome for customers as well as employees. The printer/copier/scanner still prints, although the paper feed jams regularly and the scanner feature has never worked right.
Inertia and penny-pinching sometimes combine to make us stupid. Running a great business requires relatively current technology. What’s your dehumidifier?