In an article at Kiplinger, you will find the answer to the age-old question: should you pay for the expanded protection of your appliances? Weigh the pros and cons of buying an extended warranty if you consider the following questions. – Do that. Read more. Let`s analyze Sears` assertion that AD is “very different from an expanded warranty.” The sales stand used by Sears is that the MA is very different from an extended warranty, since it includes an annual maintenance check and unlimited service calls. “One day my tumble dryer was out of work; I called Sears and someone came out the next day and fixed it. No maintenance contract for the tumble dryer. A few months later, my freezer broke and I had a maintenance contract. For almost a week, they were unable to get out. It was fast, but I lost hundreds of dollars of food. (For ourselves: if we were to do without a large appliance for six days, we would give up the tumble dryer earlier than our refrigerator.) On the other hand, the argument is generally that “a good device should not in any case need protection that goes beyond the standard guarantee and restitution guidelines.” The arguments for this are similar to all pro-insurance attitudes: “Better spend some money now, in case something expensive happens later.” The last straw was a combined AC/Heating unit that needed to be repaired or replaced. The problem was first diagnosed by its so-called preventive maintenance service on April 24, 2020 and, to date, when I write this review, it is still unresolved. The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Appliance and Home Systems Life Expectancy Charts list many devices and home systems that can last a decade. The operating time of these expensive items depends on usage and maintenance. Home warranties include repairing and replacing systems such as air conditioning, plumbing, heating, electrical systems and others.
As we explain in our Welcome Guide, these guarantees do not replace the owner`s insurance, but protect you from significant unexpected costs. Sears Home Warranty is part of the Sears brand, which has been in operation since 1886, offering many benefits that other home warranty companies do not offer. For example, Sears gives you two free preventative maintenance checks on your heating and cooling systems per year. In addition to your warranty benefits, your plan includes membership in Shop Your Way, a promotional program for collecting discounts from Sears, Kmart and other retailers. With this membership, you get free two-day shipping for many items you can buy. How do preventative maintenance checks work? Your Sears Home Warranty entitles you to two preventative maintenance checks per year, one for your heating system in the fall and the other for your air conditioning in the spring. Okay, but what? During the first 3 years of the device its is still fundamentally new, if very little goes wrong. What would then be the advantage of access to service calls and maintenance controls? For most people, MA ends up being a waste of money, either because they don`t use it or because they forget to use it.
Because who has time to remember an annual maintenance check, especially if it`s an MA shop where you have to take it to the workshop, like a portable item like a microwave? Think about it in terms of compromise. If AD really benefited the consumer, Sears wouldn`t offer it, because if it saved people money, Sears would lose money! Elizabeth ended with the cynical conclusion: “I`ve heard that if you buy a protection plan, Sears puts you on the last one of the list because they already have your money.