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Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 pm
by Calico
So a week ago I posted asking for suggestions for refrigerator brands. Today was the third time in a month I had to fix my old fridge and it seems that currently there are a bunch of "Spring Black Friday" sales. So I am going to buy a new fridge tomorrow. I did my research online and have three models in mind.

I am having a very hard time finding a fridge that will actually fit in the space I have and fit my price range. It's the height that's killing me. I only have 68 inches and it seems like most fridges are more than that. Anyway, I was able to find three fridges that fit my criteria that aren't just tiny or bare bones. The only one of the three that has everything I like (and gives the same clearance as my current fridge) is a Samsung, But that was the brand I was warned about in my other thread. I can also only get it from Lowe's and Best Buy (no other stores carry the model that fits the space).

I never buy extended warranties, I always found them to be a waste. But I am wondering if I should in this case with all the dire warnings about Samsung. The main thing that is holding me back is not only do I never get those, but the fridge in question seems to have good reviews from customers.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:33 pm
by Stinky
Calico wrote: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:23 pm
I never buy extended warranties, I always found them to be a waste.
I think you've answered your own question.

If you do have a problem with the Samsung, you can pay for the repair with the savings from having not bought extended warranty on the refrigerator, plus the savings from not buying extended warranties on many other purchases you've made. I expect that you'll still be "money ahead".

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 9:48 pm
by RudyS
Do you have a credit card that gives you an extended warranty on purchases?

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:08 pm
by codedude
Is there a 10 year manufacturer warranty on the compressor for this particular model? A Samsung fridge I bought has it.

That should protect you for the biggest fridge failure.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:15 pm
by quantAndHold
codedude wrote: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:08 pm Is there a 10 year manufacturer warranty on the compressor for this particular model? A Samsung fridge I bought has it.

That should protect you for the biggest fridge failure.
The problem with Samsung fridges is the Icemaker, not the compressor. The icemaker is only covered by a 1 year warranty. There’s a class action lawsuit in progress. Also a propensity for the defrost drains to freeze up. Also only a 1 year warranty.

I bought Samsung for the same reason. Never again.

And yes, if you have to get Samsung or LG, get an extended warranty. I don’t usually, because they’re usually a terrible deal. But I wish I had.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:15 am
by Calico
quantAndHold wrote: Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:15 pm

The problem with Samsung fridges is the Icemaker, not the compressor. The icemaker is only covered by a 1 year warranty. There’s a class action lawsuit in progress. Also a propensity for the defrost drains to freeze up. Also only a 1 year warranty.

I bought Samsung for the same reason. Never again.

And yes, if you have to get Samsung or LG, get an extended warranty. I don’t usually, because they’re usually a terrible deal. But I wish I had.
See, this is what scares me. Literally everyone I've talked to (as in family and friends outside the internet) has told me the same. And then I read it here too and in reviews. But then some reviews are glowing (but are they real or were they written before problems started).

Now I've created a new question for myself. If I throw in the price of the Samsung plus the extended warranty, it's out of my budget I set for myself. So I increased the budget and looked again. And I am now just $200 off from a Whirlpool that is also out of my budget but fits in the small space I have for a fridge. I could get a Samsung for $1300 (includes extended warranty) or a Whirlpool for $1500 (no warranty).

Maybe I set my budget too low for a fridge. I have the cash on hand to buy anything I want. I just like to set parameters so I don't overspend. Every place says that Whirlpool is "on sale" but I find it suspicious that it's exactly the same price at every store and the MSRP varies at each one. I think it's a pricing trick and it's not really on sale. But the way my current fridge is acting, I might not have the luxury of waiting too long to buy.

I am going to go to Lowe's, BestBuy and Home Depot today. Thanks Bogleheads for all your help with this and the other thread.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:03 am
by RickBoglehead
A Citi card will add 2 years to those 1 year warranties.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:07 am
by hoeboe
I also very rarely buy extended warranties. However, when I replaced my 13 year old Samsung late last year at Lowes with a Fridgidaire, I was talked into it. Why? When you buy an extended warranty at Lowes, all maintenance items for that appliance are 1/2 off. Modern refrigerators have ridiculously expensive water filters. Adding up the savings of 3 filters / year, 5 years, $25 savings per filter comes to $375, which more than paid for the warranty. Same discount applies to the air filter.

In the past, I used third party water filters for the Samsung, but I had a problem with a few of them.

Hope that helps you narrow it down!

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:20 am
by RickBoglehead
hoeboe wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:07 am I also very rarely buy extended warranties. However, when I replaced my 13 year old Samsung late last year at Lowes with a Fridgidaire, I was talked into it. Why? When you buy an extended warranty at Lowes, all maintenance items for that appliance are 1/2 off. Modern refrigerators have ridiculously expensive water filters. Adding up the savings of 3 filters / year, 5 years, $25 savings per filter comes to $375, which more than paid for the warranty. Same discount applies to the air filter.

In the past, I used third party water filters for the Samsung, but I had a problem with a few of them.

Hope that helps you narrow it down!
If your house water tastes good, no reason for a water filter in the fridge (unless it is required). Our 14 year old GE has never had a filter in it.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:24 am
by student
So it seems that the main issue is the filters to the icemaker. Are you going to use the icemaker? If the fridge is otherwise good, may be just make ice the old-fashioned way.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:05 am
by Cheez-It Guy
I never hooked up the ice maker for my fridge. I don’t like the vampire taps commonly used for the water lines, nor the typical small diameter plastic lines themselves. My sister recently had her kitchen flood and permanently buckled the flooring when her fridge water line sprung a leak. There are alternatives. If you want filtered water, get a filter for the faucet or a filtering pitcher. If you want ice, get the old school ice trays. Works fine, and the trays are fun to crack. I actually find I rarely use ice anymore anyway.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:06 am
by Toons
Extended Warranty?
Pass,
Self Insure
:happy

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:12 am
by Calico
I am looking for an ice maker. I entertain a lot (my friends are also economical so to do things together usually we hang out and play board/card games or watch movies at my place). I actually never use ice but they use a lot of it.

I just got back from shopping around and now have even more options open to me. The sales person in one of the stores let me know that an ice maker can be added to a lot of the fridges (I didn't know that, when doing online searches I picked ice maker as a criteria and it only gave me fridges with ice makers standard. It left out all the ones where an ice maker was optional. Nothing ever said you can add an ice maker to some until you drill down into each model. I can add an ice maker to some models for $80. So now I have even more options (cheaper options too) and am back to square one. I am not getting the Samsung for sure now.

I hate shopping. I hate spending money. And I hate trying to figure all this stuff out. Glad I did some old fashion footwork. It seems like the prices at all the stores are the same too, so I most likely will go back to the store where the sale person let me know about the ice maker. No one at the other stores even mentioned it and instead tried to sell me even more expensive fridges.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:30 am
by Cheez-It Guy
And what store was that, out of curiosity?

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:04 pm
by Dottie57
I too have a 68 inch clearance. I found GE and Kitchenaid both have something which will work. Remember these can be ordered from an appliance store.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:06 pm
by Dottie57
Cheez-It Guy wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 9:05 am I never hooked up the ice maker for my fridge. I don’t like the vampire taps commonly used for the water lines, nor the typical small diameter plastic lines themselves. My sister recently had her kitchen flood and permanently buckled the flooring when her fridge water line sprung a leak. There are alternatives. If you want filtered water, get a filter for the faucet or a filtering pitcher. If you want ice, get the old school ice trays. Works fine, and the trays are fun to crack. I actually find I rarely use ice anymore anyway.
+1

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:55 pm
by Calico
Cheez-It Guy wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:30 am And what store was that, out of curiosity?
Best Buy ended up being the most helpful and didn't try to up sell me.

After a lot more research I think I have a new #1 choice. I don't think Best Buy carries it though (it's not on their website). It's a shame, I would like to buy from them since they were helpful. But it is what it is. The Maytag I found has everything I want (in order of importance): the right size, right color to match the rest of my kitchen, frost free, in my original under $800 budget, ice maker, smooth finish, and a light in the freezer (I can't believe how hard it is to find a freezer on top model with a light).

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:22 pm
by quantAndHold
Calico wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:55 pm
Cheez-It Guy wrote: Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:30 am And what store was that, out of curiosity?
Best Buy ended up being the most helpful and didn't try to up sell me.

After a lot more research I think I have a new #1 choice. I don't think Best Buy carries it though (it's not on their website). It's a shame, I would like to buy from them since they were helpful. But it is what it is. The Maytag I found has everything I want (in order of importance): the right size, right color to match the rest of my kitchen, frost free, in my original under $800 budget, ice maker, smooth finish, and a light in the freezer (I can't believe how hard it is to find a freezer on top model with a light).
If I could go back in time, get rid of the Samsung we have now, and get the Maytag we had before the Samsung, I would do it in a heartbeat. But alas... At the time, we had to buy from Lowe’s (long story), and the Samsung was the only one that fit the space. Lowes doesn’t sell Maytag.

Re: Extended warrenty for refrigerator

Posted: Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:31 pm
by TierArtz
I usually never buy an extended warranty. Five years ago, I bought an extended warranty (on sale) on a GE freezer because I intended to use it in a very hot garage. It died 4 years later and due to a ridiculous circus to get parts for it in a timely manner, the Best Buy manager let us apply the full purchase price of the dead freezer to any new one we wanted. Given that stroke of luck, I kicked in a little bit more for an extended warranty on the new/bigger GE freezer. Most of the time, they are probably a waste of money.