Does the California Lemon Law Cover Appliances?

If you’re wondering whether the California Lemon Law covers appliances, the happy answer is yes!  This is great news if you have a defective refrigerator, microwave, stove, or dishwasher that is giving you headaches.  In fact, many household electronics and tech gadgets are also covered under California state codes and consumer protection laws.

Household appliances and electronics are an essential part of everyday life, and you rely on them.  That’s why it’s so difficult when you buy an appliance that has a chronic defect.  Not only do you feel like you wasted your money, but you are inconvenienced every day when you’re trying to cook dinner, refrigerate your groceries, vacuum the carpet, or manage your daily routine.

The California Lemon Law is designed to protect you from the hassles of defective appliances.  Skilled lemon law lawyers in California can file a legal claim on your behalf to seek a remedy.  The attorneys at Neale & Fhima have helped hundreds of clients successfully win their lemon law claims.  Our firm has a 99% record of success in lemon law cases.  We are willing to take on appliance manufacturers and get the justice you deserve.

Neale & Fhima has a 99% success rate in lemon law cases.

Why Is There an Appliance Lemon Law in California?

California is a progressive state that provides significant consumer protections – perhaps more than any other state in the nation.  Legislators have passed these laws to prevent corporations from manufacturing sub-standard products, thereby violating consumers’ trust.  These laws also ensure public safety by preventing consumers from being injured by defective appliances.

Under the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, if you purchase a defective kitchen or household appliance, you are legally entitled to a refund, or the appliance can be replaced at the manufacturer’s expense. However, you must prove that it’s a lemon according to legal guidelines, and that’s where a skilled California lemon law lawyer can help.  If it turns out that you do have a lemon appliance, you can pursue a legal remedy in court.  There’s also a “federal lemon law” that is known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act that may come into play with your lemon.

Statute of Limitations

Generally, there is a four-year statute of limitations on Lemon Law claims in California.  The four-year window begins when you first noticed or should have noticed the defect.  If you’re unclear whether your claim meets the statute of limitations, talk to the experienced lemon law attorneys at Neale & Fhima to get answers.

How Do I File an Appliance Lemon Law Claim?

To file a lemon law claim on a new appliance, you must ensure that it has a permanently affixed serial number. Second, you will need to check the manufacturer’s warranty and instruction manual and follow the instructions for use carefully.  You want to make sure the problem isn’t caused by human error.  To successfully file a lemon law claim, it is important to prove that you followed all stated instructions in the manual.

You will need to keep detailed records of your appliance issues – does it throw sparks, fail to turn on, or make a severe noise?  Whatever the problem, keep notes about when and how the problem occurs.  Manufacturers are responsible for all warranty coverage. This means that you need to interact directly with the manufacturer if you suspect that you have a lemon product.  You will need to keep detailed notes about your attempts to have the appliance repaired, because under California’s Lemon Law, an appliance has to undergo a reasonable number of attempts to have it fixed before it is declared a lemon.

If the appliance continues to malfunction even after repair attempts, then under the lemon law, the manufacturer can be required to …

  • repair
  • refund, or
  • replace the appliance.

What Appliances Are Covered by the Lemon Law?

Lemon Law for appliances in California ensures consumer protection

According to California Lemon Law CIVIL CODE SECTION 1791, the following definitions apply:

  • “Home appliance” means any refrigerator, freezer, range, microwave oven, washer, dryer, dishwasher, garbage disposal, trash compactor, or room air-conditioner normally used or sold for personal, family, or household purposes.
  • “Home electronic product” means any television, radio, antenna rotator, audio or video recorder or playback equipment, video camera, video game, video monitor, computer equipment, telephone, telecommunications equipment, electronic alarm system, electronic appliance control system, or other kind of electronic product, if it is normally used or sold for personal, family, or household purposes. The term includes any electronic accessory that is normally used or sold with a home electronic product for one of those purposes.

Why Should I Choose Neale & Fhima?

We know that there are a lot of lemon law lawyers in California to choose from, but we believe Neale & Fhima stands head and shoulders above the rest.  That’s because we have an outstanding pattern of success in handling lemon law claims for our clients!  We have a winning track record, and our attorneys are among the best and the brightest.  The team at Neale & Fhima is committed to each client’s case, and we give you our full attention.

Here are a few of the reasons you should choose us:

  • Years of Experience.  Our attorneys have more than 40 years of combined experience representing clients throughout Southern California.
  • Our Lawyers Win Cases.  Neale & Fhima enjoys a 99% success rate! We think this says a lot about the skill of our attorneys. While we cannot guarantee the outcome of any particular case, you can take comfort in knowing your claim is being handled by lemon law lawyers who have a track record of success.
  • We Value Client Relationships.  High-volume law offices tend to think of clients as nothing more than a case file. The file gets passed around until it ends up with a paralegal or junior associate who just wants to finish it and move on. Neale & Fhima is different. We enjoy getting to know our clients. It also helps us craft settlement agreements that meet their individual needs.
  • We Know the Law.  California’s lemon law is a fine example of how the state legislature can empower consumers. When it comes to clarity, however, the text of the statute leaves much to be desired. Our attorneys understand the quirks of the statute, as well as the many court opinions interpreting it. We put this knowledge to work for you.
  • No Surprises.  A handful of manufacturers control most of the U.S. appliance market. We repeatedly go up against these same companies. This allows us to anticipate how they will respond to claims involving specific mechanical and electrical defects. Our attorneys will share these insights with you from day one, so you are never in the dark about what to expect.
  • Free Consultations.  We will always discuss your situation with you in a free initial consultation before you make any decisions about a claim.

Contact Neale & Fhima Today

If you’re fed up with trying to use a defective kitchen appliance, computer, or household product, then you may have a legal remedy.  The California Lemon Law is designed to protect consumers from products that have chronic flaws.  A skilled lemon law lawyer can explain your rights under the law and file a claim on your behalf.  Neale & Fhima has represented hundreds of clients with lemon law claims, and we have a winning track record.  Our firm has a 99% success rate in lemon law cases.  To find out more about how we can help, call us today for a free initial consultation.

Comments 3

  1. NancyJ says:

    Hello I have a Samsung Smart Refrigerator that is going on it’s third repair of the same issue – ice maker stops working. Refrigerator was bought in 2018 $3131. Repair dates: March 2021, Feb2022, and now. Would this be covered under Lemon Law?

  2. John Cavano says:

    My HP laptop purchased August, 2021 has crashed three times over the past year due to a faulty fan and has to be sent to Calexico repair facility each time. Do I have a valid lemon law claim and what would it cost to file a claim; the laptop cost $800.

  3. Victoria McCharen says:

    I have an a GE Range that I bought in August of 2018. I had to stop using the oven because of a chemical burning smell every time I used it. I always had to open the windows and keep the fan on high but even then the smell would linger in the house for several hours after I had turned the oven off. I finally gave up trying to use it about a year ago. I was told by GE that the smell would “burn off”.
    It is out of warranty of course. The Model# is: JGBS66DEK3WW and the serial # is: ML207477P.
    Please let me know if I have any chance of using the Lemon Law to get a refund. I do not want this oven replaced with the same model. Thank you.

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