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When it comes to appliances, most people have a tendency to pay more attention to anything else when they shop: price. Unfortunately, finding cheap appliances doesn't always mean you will find good appliances. As an income property owner, I have purchased several different appliances over the years, and I can tell you first hand that not all brands are created equal. My blog is dedicated to helping you to find appliances that you will actually be able to use, abuse, and love for a long time. Check out my blog for information on what to look for, how to shop, and where to get great deals.

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Are Appliance Warranties Worth the Extra Cost?

by Melanie Hanson

Everyone has been there: you're standing in the electronics, home improvement, or appliance store deciding on a purchase, and the salesman asks if you'd like to purchase an extended warranty. When you make a larger purchase like appliances, it's considered a pretty good-sized investment. You want to be able to have peace of mind that your new investment will work well and last a long time. But are all extra warranties offered by retailers and manufacturers worth the extra cost? 

Read the Fine Print

Most new appliances come with an existing manufacturer warranty. Read the fine print on these warranties to find out what they cover and for how long. Check to see if they cover labor, as that tends to be the most expensive part of any appliance repair. Ask plenty of questions of your sales person in order to be sure that an extended warranty might be needed. If you do decide to purchase one, ask to read it through before you get it. Keep in mind that some extended warranties might have a cap on them, such as a limited number of repairs per year or a certain dollar amount limit to the repairs they cover. 

Consider What to Cover

For small-ticket items like toasters, coffee makers, or microwave ovens, an extended warranty may not be worth the extra cost. You probably won't pay a whole lot for these items to begin with, so the odds are you'll most likely purchase another one to replace it before you'd actually use the warranty. For bigger appliances like dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens, washers, and dryers, you might want to consider getting the warranty. These items should last for many years, and paying a small repair fee under warranty may be worth it rather than paying to completely replace one.

Alternative Choices

If you're really only concerned about the major appliances in your home, you may want to consider getting a "whole home" warranty instead. These warranties will cover repair for just about any major component of your home, including your home's heating and cooling unit, water heater, and, yes, even major appliances. The overall cost for these warranties might also end up being less annually than if you were to purchase them separately for each appliance. Just be sure that these types of warranties will serve your needs and cover the things you want and expect them to.

If you need an appliance fixed, contact a company like Collier County Appliance Service, Inc. and see if their services are covered under your warranty.