Fridge died

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kevm14
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Re: Fridge died

Post by kevm14 » Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:02 pm

For future reference, model number: LFHB2751TF5

Water filter number: EPTWFU01

It finally says order water filter. That's way better life than I was getting on the old fridge. Water still tastes just as good as October.

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Re: Fridge died

Post by kevm14 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:08 pm

kevm14 wrote:
Sun Nov 03, 2019 4:54 pm
I finally got a chance to go to Lowe's today to buy the fridge warranty. While I was waiting for someone, I browsed the refrigerator section again and looked at the $200 more expensive Gallery version of what I bought and also the one I bought. Right away I noticed that the one I bought was down to $1,399 or another $100 off. Wow. So when an appliance person came over I said I wanted to buy the warranty but that I noticed the lower price. Of course they refund the difference since it dropped within 30 days of purchase. So....I got my 5 year warranty for $190-$100 back. This was a pretty amazing set of circumstances. This effectively makes the warranty $90 for 5 years, a no-brainer. I feel pretty good about that. I suspect this model is at the end of its life but I don't foresee that causing any issues. It should mean that whatever happens to these is already well documented and any fixes possible should be pretty easy to find.
The water filter status changed to "Order" from "Good." It's been just a little over 3 months. In fact, I think I can start to taste the filter getting to the end of its life. It lasted quite a bit longer than the filters were lasting on my old fridge, even though they are rated for 6 months and 200 gallons. My water tastes alright out of the tap but better with the filter. But when the filter fills up with sediment or whatever, it actually makes the water taste worse than tap water since everything starts to concentrate, if that makes sense.

I did a little research on Amazon and I think I am just going to get OEM filters and not bother with generics. Lowes price for the Frigidaire filters is $50. On Amazon it is $38.78. Aftermarket ones are in the $21 range/each as a 2 or 3 pack usually.

Then I remembered that one of the benefits of the warranty I bought is 50% off consumable supplies, which for this refrigerator means water filter.
PREMIUM PROTECTION PLAN BENEFITS
In addition to parts and labor, power surge protection and Fix It or Replace It, this plan includes the
following premium benefits:

Payback Reward
If you don’t use the plan for a service call before expiration, we'll give you 30% of
the plan price back. You have 60 days after your plan expires to request this
benefit.

Keep It Running Reward
Get 50% back on the items that keep your product running, like water filters, lines
and hoses, rinse aids, cooktop cleaners and more ($100 maximum per 12
months).

Restock Your Food Reward
Get up to $300 per incident of food loss due to a faulty refrigerator or freezer.

Reinstallation Labor
We’ll help pay to get your appliance hooked back up. This benefit starts after the
limited manufacturer’s warranty ends.

Repair Quick™
We'll fix it in 14 days or provide you a one-time payment of $50. Excludes
refrigerators and freezers. This benefit starts after the limited manufacturer’s
warranty ends.
I have to call to initiate the reimbursement claim but it wasn't too hard and they are open 7 days a week 8am to 8pm so that's pretty reasonable. With the max benefit at $100/yr, that would be exactly 4 filters per year at $50/ea, 50% back. If we consider that I paid full price for the warranty ($190, and not account for the $100 price guarantee discount I got when I bought the warranty), and if you compare to the Amazon price, that means this warranty pays for itself (if I use OEM filters, which I think are the best) in about 3.5 years, after which it actually saves me money ($82.68) until the 5 year mark, compared to if I didn't buy the warranty. Plus 30% back from that $190 (another $57) if I don't file a repair claim (the supplies reimbursement claim does not count, I asked). So buying the warranty could conceivably save me $139.68 over 5 years if I don't file a claim. If I do, then it saves the $82.68 plus the repair costs saved. Pretty surprising math for a warranty, no?

Also I changed the filter and the water tastes really good again.

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Re: Fridge died

Post by kevm14 » Mon Feb 17, 2020 6:07 pm

Slight miscalculation on my end. Well maybe not a miscalculation per se...

The discount on the water filter came in the form of a Lowe's gift card. Assuming it doesn't expire I can probably make this work.

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