Whirlpool refrigerator warranty: cost, coverage and plans 2024

What can you expect from your appliance’s warranty?

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Here’s some good news: Your Whirlpool refrigerator warranty is free and starts when you purchase your fridge. Coverage varies, though, depending on the parts you need to repair and how long you’ve had your appliance. There are also several warranty limitations and exclusions you need to be aware of.


Key insights

  • The manufacturer's warranty lasts for one year for all parts and labor (except for the water filter).
  • The water filter is covered by a 30-day warranty.
  • Limited parts are covered for five years.

Whirlpool refrigerator warranty coverage and plans

You get a one-year manufacturer's warranty when you buy a Whirlpool refrigerator. This warranty covers both replacement parts and repair labor costs. However, do note that the water filter is an exception. It has its own 30-day limited warranty from the date you purchase it.

After the initial year, your Whirlpool fridge still has some protection. Key components like the evaporator, compressor, condenser, dryer parts and connecting tubing remain under warranty for up to five years.

Whirlpool also offers an extended warranty plan for its refrigerators. These plans can extend your coverage by one to five years (the coverage begins once the manufacturer’s warranty expires). An added benefit of an extended warranty is that the plan will cover any food storage spoilage due to a fridge malfunction up to $250.

Limits and exclusions

Like most appliance warranties, several limits and exclusions can invalidate your warranty. Your warranty doesn’t cover:

  • Services provided by a repair company that isn’t approved by Whirlpool
  • Repairs needed because your damages are due to things other than normal wear and tear
  • Improper installation
  • Pickup or delivery costs if your fridge needs to be sent to a repair shop
  • Labor costs for the replacement of the water filter

How to register a Whirlpool refrigerator

Registering your Whirlpool refrigerator is an important part of your warranty. It can be used as proof of purchase when you’re filing a claim, which can be useful if you lose the receipt.

You can register your Whirlpool refrigerator using the online registration form or by calling customer service at 866-698-2538. You’ll need the fridge’s serial and model number, the delivery date and the price. You can find the model and serial number on the:

  • Top left side of the fridge interior
  • Top front of the interior
  • Food liner, which is found on the upper right side of the crisper

Whirlpool refrigerator warranty cost

The manufacturer’s warranty is included in the price of your Whirlpool refrigerator. The extended warranty cost depends on when you bought your fridge, the model and the fridge's price.

For a new bottom freezer fridge that costs $2,000, the ConsumerAffairs’ Research Team got a quote of around $68 for one year, $173 for three years and $255 for five years of coverage. You can get a discount of 10% when you bundle your fridge’s extended warranty with other Whirlpool appliances.

How to file a claim for your Whirlpool refrigerator

Whirlpool offers online support for warranty claims via its service scheduling page. To start, you’ll need to enter the model number of your fridge. You can also call the customer support line at 800-253-1301 to file a claim.

Whirlpool refrigerator warranty vs. home warranty alternatives

Some people choose to skip an extended warranty and go with a home warranty for their refrigerator. Like the Whirlpool extended warranty, a home warranty’s coverage starts the day your manufacturer’s warranty runs out.

The difference is a home warranty covers more than just your fridge. It also covers many other appliances and systems around your home, like washers, dishwashers and HVAC systems.

Generally, you can expect to pay more for a home warranty since it covers more things around your home. You’ll also need to factor in a deductible for each claim, which you don’t need with an extended warranty from Whirlpool.

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Pros and cons of Whirlpool refrigerator warranties

Whirlpool only covers parts and labor for one year, while many companies’ warranties last at least five years. On the other hand, Whirlpool seems to have less stringent limitations and exclusions than some competitors.

Pros

  • Covers parts and labor
  • $250 spoilage coverage with extended warranty
  • 5-year coverage for certain parts

Cons

  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 30-day water filter warranty

» READ: Whirlpool refrigerator reviews

FAQ

What is a Whirlpool refrigerator warranty?

A Whirlpool refrigerator warranty is protection against manufacturer defects in materials or workmanship. If your claim meets certain criteria, the company will repair or replace the defective parts.

How long is a warranty on a Whirlpool refrigerator?

Manufacturer’s warranties for Whirlpool refrigerators cover replacement parts and repair labor costs for one year. The one-year warranty doesn’t cover the water filter, which has a 30-day limited warranty from the date of purchase.

After the one-year warranty is up, your Whirlpool refrigerator warranty will only cover the evaporator, compressor, connecting tubing and the condenser and dryer parts for four years.

What is Whirlpool’s customer service information?

Whirlpool offers live chat and online services through its “Service & Support Owner Center” page. You can also call customer service at 800-253-1301.

Bottom line

While Whirlpool’s refrigerator warranty only lasts one year, many important parts get coverage for up to five years. This can provide a little peace of mind. If you want to add coverage, the extended warranty is cheaper than those from some other appliance companies. You might also consider a home warranty if you want to cover a wide range of appliances beyond just your fridge.

» MORE: Home warranty coverage


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. Whirlpool, “Whirlpool Refrigerator Warranty.” Accessed Jan. 10, 2024.
  2. Whirlpool, “Extended Service Plans.” Accessed Jan. 10, 2024.
  3. Whirlpool, “Whirlpool appliance warranties.” Accessed Jan. 10, 2024.
  4. Whirlpool, “Register and Protect Your Appliance.” Accessed Jan. 10, 2024.
  5. Whirlpool, “Why Should I Register My Whirlpool Appliance.” Accessed Jan. 10, 2024.
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