Long-time readers may recall my cheap DIY kitchen renovation a few years back. As part of the renovation, we upgraded our appliances – or, so we thought. I had spent a good amount of time researching consumer reviews of appliances before making my picks, but just over 3 years after that renovation, we were frustrated to find ourselves with a useless, dead dishwasher.
My first instinct was to check the manufacturer’s warranty to find out if a repair and replacement would be covered. Unfortunately, the full warranty coverage was only a year, as is the case with most major appliance manufacturer warranties (some manufacturer’s extend that to cover a limited selection of parts for longer periods, but most have a full warranty of just one year). After that, the manufacturer claims zero responsibility if the appliance stops working. You’re on your own for any parts uncovered parts, service, or unit replacement.
My next step was to try to troubleshoot the issue and even replace a key part that was often cited for breaking down. That didn’t work either, and I eventually came to the sad conclusion that the motor on the unit had died. Instead of syncing hundreds into a new motor and a service visit on a dishwasher that was <$300 to begin with, I decided to cut my losses and shop for a new dishwasher from a different manufacturer.
As a Costco member, I was surprised to see that Costco was offering an extensive selection of dishwashers (they didn’t a few years back, and I can’t recall ever seeing appliances in store) and a few of the models I had narrowed my search down to were being sold at Costco.com. Costco was not only offering similar prices as other retailers, but I was excited to find that delivery, installation, and haul-away of the old unit was free in my state. I could handle all 3 of those on my own at no charge, but if you’re not so inclined, this can add up to hundreds in added charges at other retailers (and it will save me some time).
The Costco Appliance Warranty Adds 1 Year to the Manufacturer’s Warranty (For Free)
I was even more excited to find details on Costco’s extended warranty on appliance product pages:
The extended appliance warranty applies to not only dishwashers, but other major appliances, TVs, non-tablet computers, and more. Costco concierge states:
Costco extends the manufacturer’s warranty up to 2 years from the date of purchase.
The 2nd year warranty is offered on the following items:
- Major Appliances
- Water Heaters
*Excluding Touchscreen Tablets.
†2nd year warranty appliances include: Refrigerators (above 10 cu. ft.), freezers, ranges, cooktops, over-the-range microwaves, dishwashers, water heaters, washers and dryers.
The Costco Visa Additional 2-Year Extended Warranty Ends January 22, 2023
The Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi had a great additional 2-year extended warranty on top of the Costco 2nd year (making 4 years total). Costco Concierge (used to) state:
In addition to your Costco Concierge Warranty, if you make your purchase with your Costco Anywhere Visa Card, Costco Anywhere Visa Business Card or Costco credit card reward certificate, Citi will extend your manufacturer’s warranty for an additional 2 years. Coverage begins when the manufacturer’s warranty, or an extended warranty you purchased, expires. In no event will total coverage exceed seven years from the purchase date. You’re covered for up to $10,000 per item*.
This Costco appliance extended warranty benefit disappears in January of 2023. The following alert shows when logging in to the Costco Visa account benefits page:
Effective January 22, 2023, Extended Warranty coverage will be discontinued and will no longer be provided for purchases made on or after that date. Coverage for purchases made before that date will continue to be available in accordance with the current benefit terms. For additional information on these changes and your remaining benefits, please see FAQs under Card Benefits.
If you feel the need to add to the 2 year warranty after the change, you can purchase relatively inexpensive extended warranties at Costco.
Shopping for new appliances is no fun and can be stressful, but a 2nd year extended warranty for Costco members is a nice value add. And, no, this is not a sponsored post for Costco or Citi – I’m an actual Costco member who was pleased to see this customer perk. This benefit is one of many that makes Costco membership worth the cost for me (in addition to high quality store brand food, cheap Costco gas, Costco’s Kirkland dog and cat food, and Costco’s alcohol, wine, beer, and spirits.
Note: most Costco appliance purchases are available to members only, so if you intend to shop at Costco without a membership, you’re probably out of luck.