Do home appliance warranties typically cover repairs?


Quick Answer

Most warranties for home appliances cover the cost of repairs if the reason for repairs falls within the terms of coverage provided by the warranty. Warranties generally have two methods of covering repairs.

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In some cases, the company providing the warranty handles the repair process itself, sending a technician to the customer's home to repair the appliance. Other companies require the customer to arrange for repair work through an authorized repair service, usually provided by a local company that has had training in repairing that manufacturer's appliances. The customer seldom has the option of selecting his own repair service.

Most warranties only cover the appliance for manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship, which are defects inherently wrong with the product from the point of manufacture. Warranties do not extend to problems that arise from misuse, overuse, or normal wear and tear. In these cases, the manufacturer does not cover the cost of repairs.

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