Hey Sears, why won’t you honor this Kenmore warranty?

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By Christopher Elliott

Why won’t Sears repair Terri Champion’s Kenmore refrigerator? And what’s the best fix for the broken appliance? Should Sears honor this Kenmore warranty? The answer might surprise you.


Last year I purchased a Kenmore Elite refrigerator with a Master Protection Agreement from Sears. The Kenmore warranty expires in April.

The refrigerator stopped cooling in September. I contacted Sears, and over the next several months, the company ordered new parts, canceled delivery, and finally installed the parts — only to have the refrigerator stop working again.

I went to our local Sears store and was able to get service scheduled for this month. A technician came out, took apart the fridge and then received a call from his manager to put the fridge back together, saying it was “a two-person job.”

The technician couldn’t understand that because he said he could complete the job. I have spoken to a local Sears representative and understand that manager has sent an email to Sears about finishing the repair.

I have been without a fridge for almost three months. All Sears has done is sympathize — and send a check to cover the purchase of a small temporary fridge and to replace our lost food. I am at my wits’ end and just can’t go on any longer without a working fridge receiving nothing but “we understand your frustration.” Can you help? — Terri Champion, Conway, S.C.


Sears should repair your refrigerator under your Kenmore warranty. But I’m not sure if it will. Sears is in dire condition. It has filed for bankruptcy protection and is closing stores. I would not be surprised if the store from which you purchased your Kenmore appliance closed soon. (Related: I canceled my Sears dishwasher order. But where’s my refund?)

That’s the trouble with buying a product from a struggling company. You never know when things will take a turn for the worse, which could leave you with a worthless Kenmore warranty — or product. (Related: The fans on my Electrolux oven are noisy. Can I get a refund?)

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My recommendation: Appeal this failed repair case in writing to one of the Sears customer service executives I list on my consumer advocacy site. But at this point, I’m not even sure if they can help you. Sears may be too far gone.

A few options for getting this Kenmore warranty honored

I think you have a few options. There’s an off chance that LG, which manufactured your Kenmore appliance, might step in to fix the refrigerator. Here are the LG customer service contacts. I’m not sure if LG will help you, though, since your Kenmore warranty is with Sears.

You could also find an independent contractor to complete the repairs and hope for the best. You would have to pay for those repairs yourself. And this refrigerator has broken down several times, so I’m not sure if it’s worth the money. (Here’s what you need to know about getting a repair, replacement or refund for your broken appliance.)

Finally, you could throw in the towel. Get rid of your Kenmore refrigerator and buy one that works. I realize that you paid more than $3,000 for your appliance, but you got a lemon. Sears sold enough of these lemons that it’s now in trouble and may not survive. I don’t like any of these options. The take-home for consumers? Think carefully before making a significant purchase from a struggling company.

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Christopher Elliott

Christopher Elliott is the founder of Elliott Advocacy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that empowers consumers to solve their problems and helps those who can't. He's the author of numerous books on consumer advocacy and writes three nationally syndicated columns. He also publishes the Elliott Report, a news site for consumers, and Elliott Confidential, a critically acclaimed newsletter about customer service. If you have a consumer problem you can't solve, contact him directly through his advocacy website. You can also follow him on X, Facebook, and LinkedIn, or sign up for his daily newsletter.

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