Last updated: 08 October 2020
If your washing machine is no longer under the manufacturer's guarantee, washing machine insurance could provide washing machine breakdown cover and save you the cost of a replacement if it cannot be fixed.
But before you take out washing machine cover, you should check:
Are you covered elsewhere? If your washing machine is still under its manufacturer's guarantee, you do not need an extended warranty or washing machine insurance. You can also check to see if you are covered by your packaged bank account, or home insurance.
Is washing machine insurance worth the cost? If the price of a warranty is less than the cost of a new appliance, it may be worth taking out washing machine cover. Check the cost of replacing your washing machine with a similar model by searching online.
Can you get washing machine insurance? This depends on the age of your washing machine. Insurance companies will usually not cover appliances over 8 years old.
Shop around and get as many washing machine insurance quotes as possible. This will help you compare:
Price: With washing machine insurance, UK providers will let you split your premium over 12 monthly payments, although it may be cheaper to pay up front in full.
Claim limits: This is the most a washing machine breakdown cover provider will pay for an engineer to repair your washing machine if it breaks down. Some washing machine insurance providers include replacement cover if your appliance cannot be fixed, so check the policy documents for details.
You should also compare what cover is included in your washing machine breakdown cover. For example, your washing machine insurance provider may not pay for call out charges or labour costs, which would mean you have to pay for this yourself.
If you are concerned about not being able to afford to repair your washing machine if it were to break down, a washing machine insurance policy with washing machine breakdown cover could provide valuable peace of mind.
If you have cover in place for other appliances such as your dishwasher or oven, adding washing machine insurance can be a great option. With washing machine insurance, UK providers will usually be able to add cover to an existing extended warranty policy as part of a multi appliance discount. This can save you money compared to a standalone policy and might make washing machine cover a more affordable option for you.
When you purchase washing machine insurance, UK providers will often include new for old cover. This means that if your old appliance breaks, your washing machine breakdown cover could pay for a new one.
It is still important to check that you actually need cover, even if you find a great washing machine insurance deal. If you already have washing machine cover through a manufacturer's warranty or you are concerned your issues will fall into common policy exclusions, washing machine insurance may not be for you. Additionally, it is crucial to make sure you can afford the monthly or annual cost of washing machine cover before committing to a lengthy policy.
Your exclusions will vary depending on your washing machine cover policy, but most common examples include:
Call-out costs if no fault is found with your appliance. If you call out an engineer without good reason, you may be liable for the costs incurred.
Cosmetic damage. Your washing machine insurance provider is unlikely to cover any damage that only affects the appearance of your washing machine. This might include chipped paintwork or scratches. They are also unlikely to cover issues relating to physical wear and tear, such as discolouration.
Problems that existed before you took out washing machine cover. If you try to take out a washing machine cover policy to help with an existing issue, your provider is unlikely to pay out when you claim.
Breakdown if the appliance is still under manufacturer’s warranty. If your washing machine is still covered by the guarantee from the manufacturer or retailer, your insurance provider is unlikely to pay out for repairs. If your washing machine is in need of repairs while under warranty, you should contact the manufacturer or retailer.
Delivery or installation costs are also not covered as standard.
Many washing machine insurance policies will also exclude cover if you:
leave your home empty for more than 30 days
use an unauthorised repairer
deliberately damage your appliance
fail to follow the manufacturer's instructions (e.g. overloading the washing machine)
try to claim for business use (e.g. if you run a laundry)
You should always check the small print before you take out a washing machine insurance policy. Make sure you have the cover you need and understand what you can claim for.
You will have cover for fire, flood, loss and theft, but home insurance does not cover repairs due to mechanical breakdown.
Yes, you can find policies that cover washing machines, tumble dryers and washer-dryers. Most insurers give discounts for insuring several items.
No, extended warranties do not cover replacement bulbs, fuses or batteries. Here is more about what an extended warranty can cover.
Most insurers can accept another proof of purchase, like a credit card bill showing when you bought your washing machine. Here is how to claim.
Yes, you will have 14 days in which to cancel your policy without charge. If you cancel after this period, you will be charged for the time on cover.