Although most lemon laws are applicable to vehicles, some protect consumers from dreaded appliance malfunctions. Appliance lemon laws are bound by warranties. Warranties should accompany new appliances and regulate what repairs are covered. If you are driving down the road and your refrigerator falls out of the back of your truck, it probably wont be covered under California lemon laws. But if it just quits making ice after a couple of months, all repairs should be covered.
All new appliances sold in California must have a serial number permanently affixed to them. The appliances shall be accompanied by a warranty or instruction manual, according to California state code. The warranty or manual will not only describe how the appliance is expected to work but also provide a place to record the serial number on the first page.
California appliance codes apply to new televisions, radios and computers that are used in the home. The law also protects California consumers when they purchase appliances for their kitchens, such as stoves, microwaves and refrigerators. New air conditioners, washers and dryers should all be accompanied by a warranty or manual. Most electronically operated machinery with a retail price of $50 or more is covered under California state codes.
Under California state code, manufacturers are responsible for warranty coverage, not the retailer. Additionally, the state code also holds any individual, partnership or corporation that assembles an appliance responsible for its repair during the warranty period. They are also accountable for product replacement if an appliance is a lemon. Since the manual describes how an appliance should function, it is a binding guarantee made by the manufacturer, under California law. If an appliance does not run in the way the manual says it will, that is grounds to have it repaired, replaced or refunded.
When problems with appliances arise and they are under warranty, the manufacturer should be notified immediately. The manufacturer should either replace the lemon appliance or pay for its repair. Appliance repair shops in California are governed by statutes as well. All repairs should be made in a timely fashion and should not have to be repeated more than four times. All repair orders should detail parts fixed or replaced. Keep all records, and if the appliance cannot be repaired, the manufacturer should replace it.