What happens when your fridge breaks?


Refrigerators as we know them today have only been around for 100 years or so, but it's hard to imagine life without this handy appliance. How would you store ice cream and other frozen treats? Would you have to drink milk the day you bought it?

Those are two of the many questions you'll have to ask if your refrigerator breaks down. When you don't have a TotalProtect® Home Warranty, you're in for a rough few days while you try to get your fridge's mechanical problem solved. Here's what you can expect when this important appliance breaks down. 

Without a home warranty

If you come home one day to find your fridge is warm and your ice is melted, the first thing you'll need to do is find an available service technician. You'll end up calling around to different companies to find a qualified technician and get price quotes. A few hours later, you may have someone looking at your broken appliance, or you may have to wait a few days for a tech to be available. 

Once you get the appliance repaired or replaced, don't be too surprised at the monumental bill. We estimate that average repair or replacement of a refrigerator costs between $605 and $1650. Hopefully you have money stashed away in an emergency fund; otherwise, you may need to borrow some money to cover the bill. 

On top of the repair costs, you also have to replace all those spoiled groceries. Chances are that you store at least $100 worth of food in your fridge at all times, and if those items were left out for a few days, you'll be crying over spoiled milk!

When you protect your appliances with TotalProtect
You could save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle if you had a TotalProtect Home Warranty. With our services, you can quickly file a claim either online or by phone when you realize something is wrong with your covered appliance. We'll arrange to have a pre-screened local technician visit your home to assess the problem when it's convenient for you. 

Our customer care representatives will remind you of your standard deductible, which is outlined in your contract, and that's likely the only charge you'll pay for the repair or replacement of your fridge.1 Once the service technician is finished, the repair has our 180-day workmanship guarantee, so you can rest assured the job was done right. Even if you lost some groceries in the process, it won't be such a big deal to replace them because you don't have a $1,000 repair bill. Now doesn't that sound easier? 

The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.