Understanding Washing Machine Warranties: What’s Covered and What’s Not

So, after hours of tedious research, you’re about to bring home a shiny new washing machine. Your heart is aflutter with anticipation, but then the salesperson mentions the word ‘warranty’. Suddenly, you’re plunged into a sea of confusion. But why?

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Well, frankly, warranties are like that party guest who shows up without an invitation and insists on discussing quantum physics. But fear not, because I’m here to break it down for you.

NOTE: The purpose of this article is to give you an idea of what is and what is not generally covered in washing machine warranties. Each brand/manufacturer might cover things that I mention in the “not usually covered” paragraph and vice-versa. Make sure to understand exactly what your washing machine manufacturer offers in their respective warranties.

1) What’s Usually Covered

First, let’s talk about what’s typically included in your warranty. Note that I said “usually”, because, as I have mentioned above already, warranty terms can change depending on the manufacturer’s mood, the phase of the moon, and whether Mercury is in retrograde.

Parts and Labor

The star players of any warranty. If something breaks down in your machine within the warranty period due to no fault of your own, the manufacturer will typically cover the cost of replacement parts and the labor to install them.

The Motor

Wait, was the washing machine motor always this loud? Many manufacturers offer extended warranties on the motor, because if the motor goes, you might as well turn your washing machine into a fancy planter.

2) What’s Not Covered

Now, let’s take a look at what your warranty probably won’t cover, also known as the “you’re on your own, buddy” section.

Regular Wear and Tear

Sorry, but your warranty doesn’t cover things wearing out due to regular use. It’s kind of like expecting your car warranty to cover the cost of new tires after you’ve been burning rubber for a couple of years.

Improper Installation or Use

If you’ve decided to install your washing machine in a treehouse or use it to clean your pet python, don’t expect the warranty to cover any resulting issues.

Cosmetic Damage

Your warranty probably doesn’t cover scratches, dents, or any other cosmetic damage. Yes, even if your washing machine no longer matches your Instagram aesthetic.

Acts of God

This sounds dramatic, I know. But if your washing machine is damaged due to natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, or a rampaging horde of squirrels, the warranty typically won’t cover it.

3) Extended Warranties: Worth It?

These are the warranties that the salesperson will try to upsell you on. They promise longer coverage and greater peace of mind, but are they worth it?

  • Best for: Those who treat warranties like security blankets.
  • Not for: Risk-takers and those who believe in the power of good luck.

The verdict: It depends. Extended warranties can be beneficial, but you’ll need to weigh the cost against the potential benefits. After all, an extended warranty isn’t much use if it costs more than a brand-new washing machine.

Understanding your warranties can help you in more than one way. For example, if you know that your warranty covers motor failure and your manufacturer decides not to honor it, you can take them head-on, and you will most likely win.

Peace out.