IN NEED OF A FRIDGE REPAIR? CHECK YOUR WARRANTY FIRST

Here’s the scenario: You have a broken refrigerator and a ton of perishable food that’s about to go bad. While your food is the most immediate priority, figuring out how to fix your fridge is a close second.

Many homeowners may just pay out of pocket for a quick repair, but in doing so, you may be paying hundreds of dollars that your refrigerator manufacturer has already offered to cover.

So, why not sit back with a melty pint of Ben & Jerry’s and read the fine print of your refrigerator warranty and your credit card.

First and foremost, you should double-check the warranty of your specific refrigerator model. Different manufacturers have different warranty policies—and these can sometimes vary from appliance to appliance. In general, though, if you have a fridge from one of the following companies, it’s likely as follows.

Frigidaire, Electrolux, GE, Bosch, Whirlpool, and most others

These manufacturers offer the standard industry warranty: one year of coverage for parts and labor. This is good enough coverage to protect you from a lemon when you’ve bought a new fridge, but not much else.

Most problems won’t crop up for a while. If you read through user reviews, you may find complaints about how a fridge stopped working just after its warranty ran out, and while these situations are relatively rare, if it does happen it can feel terrible. If you want to mitigate that risk for peace of mind, or to protect your budget down the road, you should select a manufacturer that offers a more substantial warranty.

Hisense

Hisense offers a two-year limited warranty for parts and labor—a deal that’s twice as good as the standard one-year policy.

LG

The LG refrigerator warranty is one of the best in the industry for major appliances.

General parts and labor are covered for one year, with extended coverage for products purchased on or after January 1, 2018. For these products, the sealed system and compressor are covered for up to five years for parts and labor, while the linear/inverter compressor is covered for up to a decade for parts and five years for labor.

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