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Common refrigerator issues and warranty coverage

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Ready to kick your fridge to the curb? If your refrigerator or freezer has ever stopped working, you know how much it interferes with your daily life. Not only does it take time and money to fix such a large appliance, but you can wind up with hundreds of dollars worth of food waste if you don’t have a backup plan. More on this later, but if you have a MulberryCare extended warranty on your refrigerator it covers up to $500 in food loss replacement (plus other mechanical and electrical failures, wear and tear, and power surge damage). Install the Mulberry extension so you don't miss out on appliance warranties that will protect you against real issues.

In the meantime, you should know what to look out for when your refrigerator starts showing signs of wear and tear. Getting ahead of some appliance issues can save you money on repairs down the road. 

Common refrigerator problems

  1. Temperature fluctuations
    If your fridge isn’t cooling properly, you need to figure out the reason as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t have a lot of food in the fridge to go to waste, you’ll spend more money on takeout with each passing day. It could be something simple like disorganized food in the fridge that's blocking the cooling mechanisms or . More often, it's something more serious like dirty condenser coils, faulty gasket seals or malfunctioning internal parts. The latter will usually require a professional opinion, which can be expensive if you don't have extended warranties for your appliances.

  2. Proper ventilation
    Try to make sure you leave some room between your refrigerator and any wall you place it against. It’s important to leave enough room for adequate airflow for the air vents. Make sure you keep this in mind for the interior too. If your fridge is packed to the brim, you could be blocking vents, which helps the machine maintain an ideal cool temperature.

  3. Old gaskets 
    Unfortunately it’s normal for gaskets or their seals to wear down over time. If you’re having trouble opening or closing the door, this could be a sign you might need to replace the seal. Sometimes a good cleaning might be all you need.

  4. Dirty condenser coils
    If your fridge isn’t cooling properly but everything else seems to be fine, you might want to check your condenser coils. The dirtier they are, the harder they have to work to keep your fridge functioning. Try vacuuming the coils underneath or behind the fridge. If that doesn't work, refer to #1 - you'll probably need to call a technician.

  5. Fan problems
    If you can’t identify any of the issues above and your fridge still isn't working properly, you might have an issue with the fan motor. If your fridge is making a clicking noise or if you feel like the appliance is overheating, you should definitely have a professional take a look.

If you purchased an extended warranty (like MulberryCare) for your refrigerator, chances are pretty good that the issue you're experiencing could be covered. If you don't have an extended warranty, check your manufacturer's warranty coverage before you call a technician and pay out of pocket for repairs. Depending on the age of your machine or the part that's damaged, it may be covered under the manufacturer's warranty. However, manufacturer's warranties offer limited coverage, especially beyond the first year. Check out this article to learn more about the difference between a manufacturer's warranty and an extended warranty. 

What warranty coverage is offered by top manufacturers?

Samsung fridge warranty

If you have a Samsung refrigerator, you’ll get one full year of parts and labor coverage with their basic manufacturer’s warranty. Extended coverage is available for 1 to 5 year terms.

LG fridge warranty

The standard warranty from LG covers one year of parts and labor, much like other brands. The extended warranty is available for either 1, 2, or 3 additional years and includes up to $300 for food loss.

GE fridge warranty

The GE appliance warranty will cover parts and labor for up to one year. They have multi-year extended warranty plans available for purchase that offering varying levels of coverage.

Whirlpool fridge warranty

Whirlpool basic warranty coverage also protects you for up to one year, covering parts and labor. If you choose to get extended coverage, they have plans available for 1 to 5 years, including a clause for replacement in the event that they cannot repair your product.

Expand your refrigerator coverage with MulberryCare

Most times, the manufacturer's standard or extended warranty coverage isn’t enough, or if it does you'll pay for it in very high premiums. That’s why the Mulberry browser extension is becoming a new favorite tool among homeowners. Not only can you easily compare warranty offers and see which refrigerators are eligible for MulberryCare, get extended benefits like $500 of food loss reimbursement. Regardless of which brand you go with, Mulberry will fill in the gaps wherever you need the coverage.

 

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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