Are you in the market looking for a new household appliance?
Whether it is a kitchen or laundry appliance that you want to buy, there are numerous brands worth considering. The decision to purchase an appliance can be daunting, but there are certain factors that can help you choose the right brand. The factors include things like reliability, performance, price, and reputation of the brand.
These factors and a few others will help you narrow down your choice, one of which will probably be a Kenmore brand. The brand first appeared in 1913 when they introduced a sewing machine. Today, it offers a variety of home appliances, from refrigerators and washers to dryers and air conditioners. According to Kenmore, 1 in 3 U.S. homes has a Kenmore appliance. And many are still buying their products.
If you are in the process of upgrading your appliances or building a new home altogether, we may be able to help you make a better decision for your home. Before you decide which of the bells and whistles you want on your new appliance, here are a few practical things you need to know.
Before you purchase a new product, make sure you understand the terms of service and warranty. Warranties can run anywhere from 1 to 5 years, and they can be renewable in some cases. They provide your Kenmore appliance parts protection against wear and tear as well as against major damages.
Appliance warranties are mostly offered by the manufacturer, but Sears is responsible for warranties in the case of Kenmore appliances. Since Sears’ parent company Sears Holdings has now filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, it becomes more important to keep yourself updated about your Kenmore appliance warranty.
For now, Sears will honor regular and extended warranties on appliances already sold, or those sold in the future. But what will happen if the company succumbs to its financial woes in the future? There is no easy answer, but since Sears Holdings is in the midst of restructuring, there is still hope that the retailer will survive.
However, if the company entirely shuts down, chances are that consumers won’t be able to enjoy their product warranties. But according to the spokesperson for Better Business Bureau, Katherine Hutt, the warranties will likely be taken care of. She stated;
“A company like Sears that has been known for its customer service and its warranties and long-term guarantees on things like Craftsman tools—they’re not likely to leave customers in the lurch. If you have a warranty or a guarantee, you’re probably going to be OK.”
Know the installation and delivery options:
Another thing you should understand prior to purchase is the installation and delivery options. Ask about the product installation and delivery to save on some fees. If you are buying a Kenmore home appliance on Amazon, Sears will offer installation and delivery.
If installation and delivery options are not provided the company, contact a specialized service provider to ensure hassle-free delivery and installation. Get all your queries addressed before you make a purchase.
Consider the Criticism:
Pay close attention to what your friends or family members have to say about their experience with Kenmore appliances. If they have bought a product recently, they can provide realistic feedback about the product. They can even let you check the appliance yourself before you buy one for yourself.
Additionally, you can also get an idea about the quality of the product from reading online reviews of actual consumers. Whatever source you use to get customer opinions, make sure that it is genuine and credible.
Know the return and exchange policy of the retailer:
It is no surprise if your appliance is faulty or does not function as expected. You should review the return and exchange policy beforehand so that you are able to take an action in case you end up with a damaged product. Even if you have paid with a credit card, the card company shall be able to connect you with the manufacturer.
Power consumption matters a lot when buying a new appliance. Call it a deal maker or a deal-breaker. Take the time to research about the energy consumption of your Kenmore product and make sure that they meet the modern energy standards. Choose washers that require less water and detergent and go for dryers and fridges with lower power needs. Not only will they perform better but also reduce your monthly utility bills.
Hopefully, this guide will have provided you enough material to help you with the purchase of your next Kenmore appliance. If you think that we have missed something or you want other tips to be added to this list, let us know in the comments.