In Recognition of Extended Warranties
The first of the week was warm, almost too warm here at Our Little House, but then the rains came and so did the cooler temps.
Yesterday, I went to get into the tub to take a hot bath, something that relaxes me and also warms me when I get chilled.
Only this one was not hot, it wasn’t even warm.
Really, there’s almost nothing worse than sitting in the buff in a tub filling with cold water.
On Tuesday night, the lights flickered during a storm and Dale later realized – when he went to take a hot shower – that the hot water heater breaker had tripped.
He reset the breaker and it heated up for his shower, so we thought it must have been due to the storm.
Apparently, it’s because the hot water tank wasn’t heating properly.
Panicked, I called Dale at work yesterday, thinking I was going to have to give up my new air conditioning for a new hot water tank.
“I’m sure we bought the extended warranty on that thing,” he said. “Have we had it like two years or something?”
I couldn’t even remember where we had bought it, probably because it was during Dale’s extended period of un and underemployment and I’m trying to block that time out of my mind.
Dale did remember, I called the store and we had purchased the extended 5-year full warranty.
Whew. A serviceman is scheduled to come out this afternoon.
I know some financial experts advise against purchasing warranties, but they have come in handy for us.
Early in our marriage, we bought a refrigerator from the now defunct Montgomery Ward. Just over a year later, we went on a weekend camping trip with friends and came home to a hot refrigerator, defrosted meat, melted ice cream and spoiled food.
It was going to take everything these 20-something newlyweds made to replace all of the ruined food and either purchase an expensive part or a new fridge.
We only had a 12- month warranty and hadn’t purchased the extended plan, but the store manager took pity on us and agreed that a high end refrigerator should have lasted more than 14 months and the store paid for the costly repairs.
We lucked out that time, but decided to never leave appliances and electronics to luck again. Montgomery Ward also had our loyalty until they went out of business and that refrigerator kept cool until we sold it when we sold our house in the city.
Today, we will be able to fix the hot water tank and still afford the air conditioning, thanks, in part to a lesson we learned from a faulty refrigerator motor 25 years ago.
What do you think of extended warranties? Do you think they’re worth it? Do you have an extended warranty story?