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Appliance Shopping Guide

Household appliances are mostly large pieces of equipment which cost quite a lot of money. Most homeowners use their appliances until they break down, which is usually a span of 10 – 20 years. However, if you don’t practice caution or do adequate research, you may end up buying a product that does not suit your needs, which causes both financial loss and frustration.

While planning a purchase in advance helps you find the lowest price, it may not always be possible. If your AC breaks down during summer when the heat and the AC unit prices are high you will not have a choice.

We bring you a quick and easy guide to enlighten you about the do’s and don’ts of appliance shopping. Follow this and it will ensure that you will remain happy with your purchase!Appliance Shopping Guide

Step 1: Analyze your needs

You could be someone who is either needing an appliance urgently or you could be someone who expects a certain appliance to crash soon and is looking for replacement. In the first case, you will rush to the closest store or look up online to find one that suits your needs. While doing this, you may ?tend to get sidetracked and forget your actual needs.

Some people buy appliances because they are visually appealing or if it comes at a very low price or if it has attractive freebies. All of this leads to you ending up with an appliance that does not suit your requirements. You’ll probably regret your purchase immediately.

To avoid this, before you start to shop, analyze your requirements. Make a list of the following-

  • What specifications do you need – energy efficient, CFC free etc
  • Decide the size range of the appliance
  • How much are you going to use it
  • Do you want a brand new one or a second hand one
  • What is your budget

Write down the answers on a paper and keep it with you while you shop. If you are merely looking for an exact replacement, write down the model no. and manufacturer’s name and pay a visit to your closest appliance store.

Step 2: Measure the space

Imagine the horror if you buy an appliance and bring it home only to find out that it doesn’t fit where you wanted it to?

To avoid that, measure the space where you plan to keep the appliance. Do it twice to avoid minor errors. Keep the measurements with you while you shop. Once you visit a store, select appliances that match your measurements.

However, if you feel that appliances that come in the size you need do not have the features you require, it’s best to either make space for a larger one or find out if there are used variants of the model you need.

Step 3: Browse several stores

If you wish to get the best price, don’t expect to find it in the first store you look. Visit several shops or websites, if you are purchasing the appliance online and compare prices. Don’t get swayed by the freebies. Most e-commerce websites and shops provide great deals during festive seasons. If you are planning your purchase in advance, Black Friday sales are the best time to buy appliances (or most things, for that matter).

If the requirement is urgent, you’ll have to make do with whatever’s available. Once you zero in on a model, look up online to see who offers the best price.

Step 5: Warranty

It might be a good idea to look an appliance that comes with a warranty. Most products come with a manufacturer’s warranty, but some stores do sell extended warranties for products they sell.

Some stores like, Home Depot and Lowe’s also offer extended warranty for specific appliances. Extended warranties are different from home warranties and are ideal if you need coverage only for a certain appliance which is no longer covered by it’s manufacturer’s warranty.

Step 6: Things to remember while buying used goods

If you are planning to purchase an used appliance, you need to be extra careful. Find out why the appliance is being sold – is it because the owner upgraded or is it because the appliance sustained major breakdowns?

Examine the appliance thoroughly before you make the buy. Also ask for warranty papers and bills. Buying one without the relevant papers may not be a wise step.

The final word

Appliance purchases cost substantial amounts of money. Buying the wrong product will leave you troubled. Make the purchase only after you are convinced that it is the best option.

Hope you enjoyed the article, happy shopping!

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This was the most horrible, unprofessional warranty service I have ever used. DO NOT USE CHOICE WARRANTY. They assigned a repair tech to my claim that was with a company named 'Power on Electric" to repair what was stuck in my garbage disposal. He canceled the first appointment. Was late arriving to the second appointment, got lost and his phone died? Then at 7:00 PM on Wed. night 10/14/2015 he disassembled my garbage disposal, and the line to my dishwasher, told me I needed a new gasket and he would get it the next morning, then call me to arrange an appointment time to finish the job. He never called back! Thursday, waited until 1:00 Pm before starting to call the repair tech. When he didn't answer I started calling CHOISE WARRANTY to get a status update on the claim. They called the repair tech and he never returned their calls and they never called me back. On Friday morning, 10/16/2015, determined that this repair would be fixed before the weekend I started calling CHOICE at 8:30 AM and asked for a replacement repair tech to fix this issue. I have my 90 year old mother living with me and my twin grandsons were visiting. CHOICE refused to send another repair tech out to my home to fix the problem this lousy repair tech had made. I asked for a full refund of my contract fee since I did not want this man in my home again, and they refused that request also. They refused every request I made, so I called them every hour until I could get a resolution. The only resolution they offered was that the repair tech said he could not come to put my sink back together until 7-8 PM that Friday night. If he did not make it Friday night he would be there first thing Saturday morning. I could not wash my dishes because he had disconnected my drain pipes. WTF? CHOICE went on to tell me that they are not responsible for any damage a repair tech does to your home while they are on a service call. WTF? They also told me I could have hired another company to come in and make the repairs, but I am paying them an annual contract service fee for a home warranty. CHOICE was rude, inconsiderate of what this repairman had done to my property and did not feel any urgency to make him fix it. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY INVESTING IN SHADY HOME WARRANTY COMPANIES LIKE CHOICE THEY ARE NOT CONCERNED WITH HOW THEIR CUSTOMERS ARE TREATED AND DON'T FIVE A RIP WHO TAKES ADVANTAGE OF US! Of course the repair tech never came on Friday. My sink and dishwasher had been disabled for two days. He finally called on Saturday morning, 9 AM to tell me he was on his way. He arrived at 11 AM, put my garbage disposal back together, complaining that the screws required special equipment to remove them from the garbage disposal. Of course he had no tool bag, he carried his tools in his hands. He asked CHOICE to replace my garbage disposal because he could not find a seal to replace the one he damaged when he took it apart. CHOICE denied my claim and said it was owner error because something was stuck in the garbage disposal and I did not tell them. Here is the information that was put in my on-line request for service. Please be advised that your claim #55275679 for the Garbage Disposal: Not Grinding --- Last Time Working: 1 week ago; --- Last Time Repaired or Serviced: 2 -3 years ago; --- Make/Model/Serial: --- More Notes: The is something stuck in the disposal. has been assigned to Power On Electrical LLC, an authorized CHW service technician. Please contact the technician at 864 905 7026 to schedule a service appointment. The repairman added sealant on my seal to try to fix it, put all the parts back together and now I have two leaks from the garbage disposal. I DID NOT HAVE ANYTHING LEAKING! I HAD AN OBJECT STUCK IN THE DISPOSAL! NOW I HAVE TWO DISHES UNDER MY SINK TO CATCH THE LEAKING WATER RUNNING FROM MY GARBAGE DISPOSAL IF I USE THE SINK OR THE DISHWASHER! WTG CHOICE? They do not send QUALIFIED, REPUTABLE SERVICE TECHS THAT SPECIALIZES IN SPECIFIC HOME REPAIRS TO YOUR HOME. DO NOT USE CHOICE HOME WARRANTY! They refused my claim and that is fine, but I did expect everything to function as it was before the technician came to my house and ripped things apart! Now I need a new garbage disposal and I have water leaking everywhere. He called CHOICE while he was reassembling everything and they told him I did not want it repaired. Then hung the phone up on both of us! REALLY?
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