I’ve had many discussions over the years regarding the value of buying an extended service agreement. My opinion has evolved over those same years. Once upon a time I would have rarely suggested considering adding an extended service agreement (from now on referred to as an ESA) to any purchase, regardless of whatever the product was. Now with the push for energy efficiency from the federal government, products have become so electronic control dependent in order to meet the energy efficiency criteria that almost every component of the modern appliance is controlled by an electronic circuit board. Gone are the days of electro-mechanical devices such as thermostats, timers or selector switches common in washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators and cooking appliances built before 2000. It used to be that only the expensive lines of appliances used electronic controls in order to provide a wide variety of user options. Refrigerators now have modulating compressors that operate at higher and lower “speeds” in the attempt to keep the inside compartments at a very steady temperature! As a result we are finding appliances, regardless of brand, providing outrageously reduced life expectancies. Now even the least expensive units are coming equipped with control boards, thermistors, sensors, etc.