Van Nuys, CA (PressExposure) September 23, 2009 -- Appliance makers love to advertise new features, but they won't be hyping the new trend that began in 2005: shorter appliance warranties on refrigerators, ranges, washing machines, and other major appliances.
Active Appliance has been a permanent fixture in Los Angeles since 1988. Since then, Active Appliance has provided dependable service to our customers. Active meets the highest performance standards in the business - from employee training to customer care. Today, we have over 30 skilled technicians, and a knowledgeable office staff to meet your appliance service and repair needs. Active technicians are trained and authorized by several leading appliance manufacturers such as Frigidaire, Whirlpool, GE, Maytag and many more.
Manager, Arthur Ashkinazi, offered advice to his customers that may take some of the anxiety away from the appliance manufacturesâ latest blow. Arthur suggests that big-ticket appliances be purchased with a credit card that offers product insurance.
In late 2005, appliance manufacturer including Frigidaire, General Electric, Maytag, and Whirlpool shortened their warranties on refrigerators, ranges, washers, and other major appliances from two or three years to only one year, and it appears they have no intention of reestablishing the longer coverage. And, as far as their appliance extended warranties are concerned, they will also be adjusted.
One-year appliance warranties become the norm.
Shorter warranties went into effect Nov. 1, 2005, for Whirlpool, Roper, Estate, and Inglis brands, and on Jan. 1, 2006, for General Electric, Hotpoint, Americana, Maytag, Amana, Magic Chef, Admiral, Frigidaire, White Westinghouse, Tappan, Gibson, and Kelvinator.
Pricier brands, such as KitchenAid, Jenn-Air and Electrolux, still offer longer warranties on some appliances and their parts. Viking offers a one-year warranty but doubles it if a Viking-certified installer does the work according to Consumer Reports.
In fact, all of the major manufacturers are looking at the data from their pricier competitors. If the numbers are going in the right direction, shorter warrantees may stimulate business for their GE Appliance repairs, their Whirlpool repair men and women; and, it may even bring the Maytag repair man out of retirement.
A typical warranty from an appliance manufacturer now covers parts and service for only one year from purchase. If a part breaks after that, you pay. Before the warranties got whacked down, pricey parts-refrigerator compressors and dishwasher tubs, for instance-were usually covered for 5 to 10 years. To get longer coverage today, you'll have to buy a separate appliance extended warranty, which will cost about $100 to $200 for three years.
Some appliance companies insisted that the changes did nothing more than make warranties simpler. One company spokesperson told us that consumers would benefit from this warranty change by having simplified terms and improved product quality and after-sales care. You're probably as confused as we are, but one thing is clear: consumers are getting less coverage for the same price.
This press release was prepared by Active Appliance. We are certified and approved by the California League of Homeowners as well as the Heart and Lung Foundation for air quality. Our Service Technicians are certified in all of these categories: small appliance repair, gas appliance repair, garbage disposal repair, electric dryer repair, washer and dryer repair.
The company has been awarded for outstanding warranty performance in 1998. We look forward in serving you in the future. Please contact Arthur Ashkinazi at our toll free number, (888) 88-ACTIVE or you are welcome to contact Arthur at Arthur@activeac.com Please visit our website at [http://www.activeappliance.com] This press release was submitted by Right Now Marketing Group, LLC.