Save Money on Appliance Repair

You know the drill … your beautiful new french door refrigerator isn’t even a year old and the ice-maker broke. Ugh! You didn’t purchase the extended warranty but it is covered for a year by the manufacturer. Of course, the manufacturer is in no hurry to fix it for free so you get to exercise patience.

Uh oh! You’re now just under two years and water is dripping out the bottom. You realize there is a sheet of ice on the bottom of the freezer. You know you’re out of warranty and use google to see if you can repair the problem yourself.

Holy Cow! You discover you’re not the only one with this problem. You find tutorials on how to fix the problem and then stumble across a wonderful person letting you know that this particular problem is a manufacturer defect and parts and labor are covered for two years! YES!

Not so fast. When you call the manufacturer, they tell you your particular model number is not on the list. Really?! You research a little more and find your model number on the list. Bonus! Call the manufacturer back and get a different person whom is much more willing to help;0) (If you are having the same type of problem, check out this link for more information.)

Of course it takes a few weeks to get that appointment but when you do, you’re told you purchased the appliance three years ago … not two. You are giddy with excitement because … drum roll please … you are super organized and still have the receipt along with all the owner’s manuals in a handy dandy notebook. Score!

Appliance is repaired  … FREE!

Appliance Repair

Persistance, research, and organization pay! Yep! That’s money NOT out of my pocket!

Save yourself some money by being organized! Booyah!

Check this out:

Saving Receipts

It’s a simple three-ring-binder with sheet protectors. Each time you purchase anything of significance, place the receipt and all paperwork in one sleeve. Stick it on your shelf. Done!

Really … I want to take it a step further and purchase dividers … wouldn’t that just be over the top?!!!

Okay … in case you didn’t want to read all that rambling … here’s the short version:

  • Place receipts and owner’s manuals in a sheet protector in a three-ring-binder.
  • When something needs repair, find the receipt and warranty information.
  • Look it up online to see if others are having the same problem.
  • Call the company.
  • Save money!

How have you saved on repairs?!!!

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14 comments… add one
  • Lyle @ The Joy of Simple Sep 19, 2014, 11:20 am

    Wow Jayleen…that’s awesome!! A very simple idea…a big of leg work (or mouse clicking), some determination on your part and voilà…free repair!! Way to go..and boo on the manufacturer who tried all kinds of ways to deter you from is rightfully yours for the asking 🙂

    All the best and take care.

    Lyle

    • How Do The Jones Do It Sep 19, 2014, 1:05 pm

      I’m very proud of myself … can you tell;0) It made me wonder how many people would have paid the repair bill … it pays to keep receipts!!!

  • Lyle @ The Joy of Simple Sep 19, 2014, 11:53 am

    Whoops…big should be bit…my bad!

    Lyle

  • simplecasablog Sep 19, 2014, 12:57 pm

    Oh I love this ideaaaa

  • Charlee Sep 19, 2014, 1:33 pm

    That really is persistance! I believe I would’ve given up after the first phone call. I want to be that organized. My life would be so much easier. Haha.

    • How Do The Jones Do It Sep 19, 2014, 1:47 pm

      Charlee … I think that is what these companies hope for! I was so happy to stay cool as a cucumber and just show the evidence;0) Organization is never ending … my office needs it again!!! Thank you so much for stopping by!!!

  • Westly Smith Mar 24, 2016, 1:57 pm

    I like how you have the short list of how to save money on appliances. Recently, I’ve been noticing how expensive appliance repairs are. I’m going to take your advice and make sure I get a warranty on my appliances. And keep the receipts!

  • Hazel Owens Apr 8, 2016, 9:31 am

    I think that having a binder with the paperwork and receipts for all your appliances is a fantastic idea! I can definitely relate with the situation you laid out in which you’re scrambling to find the model number to see if your refrigerator still qualifies for the warranty. I really need to start putting my important paperwork in a binder like this for when something needs to be repaired. Thanks for the idea!

  • Tara Allen Apr 18, 2016, 12:43 pm

    Getting your appliances repaired would be a great alternative to getting rid of appliances. I am glad to know that you can take your old appliances to get repaired and be ready for further usage. I would agree that bringing your appliance to a service could be nice helping bring back to life your favorite appliances and saving you money.

  • Silas Knight May 21, 2016, 8:21 am

    This is a great way to save money on appliance repairs. No matter who you are, you will probably face broken appliances sometime in your life. I know we have, a lot. It really is a great idea to save receipts and owners manuals from all purchases, for just this reason. Thanks for sharing!

  • Oliver Neely Feb 2, 2017, 2:13 am

    There’s no shortage of advice and people willing to help on the internet. So long as you have the model number etc.. you can usually find the answers to a lot of problems and save yourself a small fortune.
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