GE appliance warranty: cost, coverage and plans (2024)

What can you expect from your manufacturer’s warranty?

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All GE appliances come with a limited one-year warranty. A few parts come with longer or shorter terms, and all the warranties come with limitations and exclusions that can result in your repair claim being denied. Here’s what you need to know and how to add more coverage to your warranty.


Key insights

  • Appliances have a one-year warranty.
  • Some refrigerators have a five-year warranty.
  • Water filters have a 30-day warranty.

GE warranty coverage

GE offers one-year manufacturer’s warranties for its appliances, including dryers, washers, refrigerators and dishwashers. The term starts at the purchase date and covers the cost of parts and labor for repairs.

One exception is GE Cafe and Profile refrigerators. These have an additional five-year warranty for refrigerating system parts. All refrigerators, regardless of model, have a 30-day limited warranty on water filters.

GE coverage exclusions

A few things might prevent you from getting a repair claim approved. Some of these include:

  • Damages caused by improper installation
  • Using filter cartridges that aren’t GE-approved
  • Damage from using your appliance in freezing temperatures

GE product registration

To register, visit the "Register Your Appliance" section on the GE Appliances website. You can create an account with your email address or proceed as a guest. If you set up an account, you'll be able to conveniently view your registration details later on, which can be quite handy if you need to schedule a service call.

You can also mail in the registration card included with your appliance instead of registering online.

GE warranty cost

All GE appliances have the manufacturer’s warranty built into the cost. The price of the extended warranty plan (offered through Assurant) varies based on the refrigerator model and your location. You can get a quote for your GE appliance’s extended warranty on Assurant’s website.

ConsumerAffairs research rounded up some quotes to give you an idea of what you might pay for an extended warranty.

GE extended warranty

Unlike many competitors, GE’s extended warranty comes through a third party called Assurant. The extended warranty plans run from one year to five years and not only cover parts and labor but also give you money to pay for a replacement if your appliance can’t be fixed. The plans also offer power surge coverage, which some brands don’t offer.

GE warranty reimbursement

No more crying over spoiled milk. If your refrigerator breaks down, the extended warranty plan will reimburse you for up to $300 of spoiled food.

Factors to consider when buying an extended appliance warranty

Throughout the life of your appliance, you can expect to pay anywhere from $80 to more than $1,000 for each repair. While GE’s extended warranty plan is more expensive than some competitors’, it still gives you the peace of mind that you won’t have surprise out-of-pocket repair costs.

How to file a claim for your GE appliance

You can visit the GE Appliance Factory Services webpage to file your claim. Use the same email address and password you used to create your registration account or log in as a guest. From there, you can schedule any covered repair.

GE warranty vs. home warranty alternatives

If a GE extended warranty seems a bit expensive, you may want to consider getting a home warranty instead. While the cost may be a bit higher, home warranties typically cover much more (you can get an appliances-only plan, an appliance-and-system plan or an a la carte plan).

A basic home warranty appliance plan typically covers major appliances and systems in your home, regardless of the brand. Some items that are typically covered are:

  • Water heaters
  • Systems like plumbing and HVAC
  • Built-in microwaves
  • Washers and dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Stoves and ovens
  • Garbage disposals
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Pros and cons of GE warranties

Much like many of its competitors, GE covers 100% of parts and labor costs for any repairs or replacements during the warranty period. The GE appliance warranty comes with the perk of being transferable to a new owner, which is great if you're planning to sell or give away your appliance or if you got your appliance secondhand.

The downside is that you must have your appliance serviced by GE-approved technicians. If there aren’t any nearby, you may need to pay to have your appliance sent to one.

Pros

  • 1-year warranty for parts and labor
  • Transferable warranties
  • 5-year additional coverage for certain fridge parts

Cons

  • Must be serviced by a GE-approved technician
  • Transportation costs aren’t covered
  • Short warranty coverage for water filters

Tips for maximizing warranty coverage

Ensure you get the most out of your appliance's protection plan. A few tips to help you navigate warranties effectively include:

  • Track warranty expiration dates: Keep a record of when your warranties expire. This helps you use the coverage fully without missing any key dates.
  • Understand exclusions and limitations: Familiarize yourself with your warranty to prevent surprises during repair claims.
  • Consider a home warranty: As your manufacturer's warranty nears its end, think about investing in a home warranty. This can extend protection to other appliances and systems in your home.
  • Evaluate an extended warranty: Compare the cost of an extended warranty with potential repair expenses.

FAQ

How do I file a warranty claim with GE?

Visit the GE Appliance Factory Services webpage to schedule a repair.

How long is my GE appliance warranty?

The manufacturer's warranty on GE appliances lasts one year from the date of purchase. Some refrigerators have an additional five-year warranty on some parts. All water filters have a 30-day warranty.

How do I know if my GE appliances are under warranty?

You can go to your GE profile page to find warranty details if you've registered your appliance.

Bottom line

While GE appliances come with a one-year warranty, that’s not much, especially since your appliance may last up to 15 years. You can always opt for an extended warranty to add more coverage, but a home warranty may be a better choice, especially if you want to cover more than just one GE appliance.


Article sources
ConsumerAffairs writers primarily rely on government data, industry experts and original research from other reputable publications to inform their work. Specific sources for this article include:
  1. The Home Depot, “GE Dryer Warranty.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  2. Assurant, “Bodewell Care Protection Plans.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  3. GE Appliances, “Register Your Appliance Product.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  4. GE Appliances, “Contact Us.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024
  5. GE Appliances, “Refrigerators.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  6. The Home Depot, “Refrigerator Warranty.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  7. GE Appliances, “GE Washer Warranty.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
  8. GE Appliances, “GE Dishwasher Warranty.” Accessed Jan. 19, 2024.
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