Expired warranty

My mom is convinced that the warranty on anything is a a conspiracy plan.  It seems that every time she purchases something, it quits, just after the warranty has expired. There is no worse feeling than calling a repair person, only to find out that you need to pay for the full repair.  They often even joke about the fact that if the item had broken a month or so ago, it would have been covered under the warranty. This is the last thing you want to hear. On small things, like a toaster or something, it is really no big deal.  They are inexpensive enough that you just go get another one. On large appliances, like your stove, dishwasher, or even your HVAC system, warranties are very important. The repair bills on these items can be very costly. One time, when she still had her old HVAC system, she had to replace the compressor and the repair estimate was awful.  She decided that she would replace the unit instead. That may sound drastic to some, however, the new unit is not only more efficient, it is under a ten year warranty. Throwing all that money at an old system with an expired warranty just didn’t make sense. None of the parts or labor would have been covered and they could have found other issues once they started the job. She is saving money in the long run.  She has lower energy bills and her annual maintenance calls are covered too. I really think that this was one of the best decisions she could have made.

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