About American Home Shield
American Home Shield is a home warranty company with over 1.8 million customers. It provides home service contracts that cover major home systems and appliances and offers additional protection for electronics and select maintenance services. The company has access to a network of over 17,000 licensed contractors and has paid out over $2 billion in claims over the past five years.
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- 30-day workmanship guarantee
- Flexible payment options
- Does not require maintenance records
- Not available in Alaska
- Some customer service complaints
American Home Shield offers three warranty plans to cover systems and appliances, regardless of age. AHS provides additional coverage for electronics, pools or spas, and roof leak repairs.
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American Home Shield plans and coverage
The standard AHS warranty contract is 12 months. American Home Shield offers home warranties that cover up to 21 of the most common household systems and major appliances, regardless of their make, model or age.
When a covered item breaks down from wear and tear, you pay a trade service call fee (ranging from $75 to $125, depending on your contract), and American Home Shield pays to have it repaired or replaced by a licensed, independent contractor in the company’s network.
Keep in mind that American Home Shield will not reimburse you for services performed without its prior authorization, so you must go through the proper claims process. In other words, you can’t perform repairs yourself or hire a contractor outside the company’s network without authorization.
- ShieldSilver Plan
- The ShieldSilver Plan covers repairs and replacements of components and parts in 14 major home systems:
- Air conditioning
- Heating units
- Built-in exhaust, vent and attic fans
- Main breaker and fuse panel box
- Doorbells and chimes
- Interior electrial lines
- Ceiling fans
- Garage door openers
- Interior plumbing lines (including stoppages, leaks or breaks)
- Water heaters
- Faucets and valves
- Whirlpool tub motor and components
- ShieldGold Plan
- The ShieldGold Plan covers everything in ShieldSilver, plus nine more appliances:
- Built-in microwaves
- Garbage disposal
- Instant hot/cold water dispensers
- Clothes washers
- Clothes dryers
- ShieldPlatinum Plan
- The ShieldPlatinum Plan covers everything in ShieldSilver and ShieldGold, as well as:
- Shingles, tiles and shakes
- Flat (nonmetal) roofing
- Roof leak repairs
- Free HVAC Tune-up
- Unlimited A/C refrigerant
- Coverage for code violations and permits
- Electronics Plan
- The Electronics Protection Plan can cover any eligible new electronics you purchase while you have the plan. This plan covers an unlimited number of electronics under one plan, with no registration or receipts required. If your electronic system breaks, it can be fixed. If it can’t be repaired, a replacement can be sent to you or you will be reimbursed up to the price of the item. Covered products include:
- Smart home products
- Home theater Systems
- Video game consoles (including controllers)
- Optional add-on coverage
- American Home Shield lets you add on optional coverages if you purchase ShieldSilver, ShieldGold or ShieldPlatinum. Optional coverages include the following:
- Guest unit
- Pools or spas
- Septic pump
- Well pump
- Roof leak repairs
American Home Shield offers multiple new add-ons and other services that make owning your home a little easier. For an additional cost, you can add the following:
- Smart home tech installation and setup services
- Pre-season A/C tuneup
- Pre-season heating system tuneup
- Pest control
- Rekey service
- Roof leak repair coverage
American Home Shield cost
American Home Shield provides free quotes after you provide your address and contact information. American Home Shield customers typically pay monthly. Your total monthly cost will vary depending on which plan and service call fee you select. The trade service call fee is the amount you pay for each service or repair visit. On average, American Home Shield’s most extensive plan, the ShieldPlatinum Plan, is around $62 a month.
AHS lets you choose if you want your trade service fee to be $75, $100 or $125. You can select a higher trade service call fee in exchange for a lower monthly payment or a lower fee for a higher monthly payment.
American Home Shield discounts and perks
There is a multitude of benefits and discounts that you get along with your American Home Shield Plan:
- Save money when you buy warranty coverage for multiple properties.
- Refer a friend to American Home Shield and receive a $25 Amazon gift card.
- Get discounts on select name brand appliances.
- Save 50% on retail prices on filters for your air conditioner and furnace; filters are delivered to your front door.
American Home Shield exclusions
Plans generally won’t cover routine maintenance, cosmetic defects or system or appliance upgrades. Coverage doesn’t apply if a system or appliance stops working because of misuse or abuse. It also doesn’t cover malfunctions due to lightning strikes or fire; for protection from these events, you need homeowners insurance.
Depending on your service contract’s terms, specific parts or components of a covered system or appliance could be excluded. For instance, the plan you choose may cover toilets and related mechanisms under the plumbing section but exclude stoppages caused by collapsed, damaged or broken sewer lines outside your house’s main foundation. Garage door openers are covered, but the door and door track assemblies might not be.
AHS does cover undetectable preexisting conditions, items without maintenance records and breakdowns due to corrosion. However, it won’t pay to repair or replace something still covered by a manufacturer’s warranty or by a builder.
American Home Shield coverage limits
American Home Shield will pay up to $3,000 per system or appliance to diagnose a problem and repair or replace the covered item. A coverage limit is the maximum dollar amount a home warranty company is willing to pay out per item or per contract term.
In some cases, if the cost of diagnosis and repair or replacement of an item is above the cap, the company instead provides a cash payment. It might also offer cash if a repair isn’t possible and a replacement is not available.
American Home Shield FAQ
- How do I file a claim with American Home Shield?
You can file a claim with AHS online or by calling. Once you submit your claim, the company will contact a service contractor within 48 hours. The contractor will then contact you to schedule a service appointment. You will pay the service call fee specified in your contract for the contractor to come to your home. After the contractor makes a diagnosis, AHS decides if the issue is covered as part of your contract.
- Does American Home Shield require a home inspection?
American Home Shield does not require a home inspection for a home warranty contract. You don’t have to provide maintenance records to be eligible for covered repairs, either.
- If I have homeowners insurance, do I need American Home Shield?
A home warranty is different from homeowners insurance; you are not duplicating coverage by having both. Homeowners insurance typically covers property loss due to events such as fire, lightning, storms and theft, while a home warranty covers appliances and systems that break down from normal wear and tear.
- Can I cancel an American Home Shield warranty plan at any time?
You can cancel an AHS plan at any time. Cancel in the first 30 days to receive a full refund. Cancel at any time after 30 days and receive a prorated refund for the remainder of your term; an administrative fee may apply.
- Is there a limit on repairs?
There is no limit on the number of repairs during a contract period. However, you should check your contract for dollar limits per covered item or per term.
Is American Home Shield worth it?
Some customers choose American Home Shield when they move into an older house and aren’t sure everything is in the greatest condition, hoping to save money down the road. Others choose the company in anticipation of selling their home to avoid unexpected repair costs.
Overall, we find that American Home Shield offers good coverage at a fair rate. Prices are on the higher end of average for the industry but still pretty competitive, considering the level of coverage provided. It’s an especially smart fit if you like the idea of managing everything online.
Ultimately, whether or not buying a home warranty is worth it depends on a few factors, like the age of your appliances and systems and how willing you are to risk paying 100% out of pocket for repairs. If you still can’t decide, read about the pros and cons of home warranties next.
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I love American Home Shield as the service. They are great at follow-up. They are also great at the vendors who come out. They were professional and always on time. So they do a good job on contracting with actual repair people. But I had a problem with the actual Lowe's folks. My appliances had to be replaced. I don't do well shopping, especially for appliances, by looking at a picture online. I can't do that. I’m old. I gotta go in and touch it and feel it. I looked at the pictures but I couldn't decide. So I opted to get the actual gift card. But the whole experience was a disaster. One, I wasn't sure who the vendor would actually be for. I wasn’t sure if it was gonna be Home Depot or Lowe's or Montgomery Ward. But Lowe’s is horrible.
I live in Oakland and the actual Lowe's is in Union City. It's half an hour drive from me. When I got in the store, they had this great sale going on. I had a range and a over-the -range microwave that went bad. I picked out the range and it went fine. For the over-the-counter microwave, I came in the store and told a salesperson that I needed a 30-inch slide-in. We started talking about that and he said, “Well, microwaves are a different bugger. We suggest that you get a premeasurement. It's gonna be $45. And if you buy the unit, we put it toward installation.” It sounded like a winner to me, so I took that and I went on about my business. Since he was sending me in another direction, I asked him if I would get the sales price or when was the sale over? He said, “I don't know when the sale is over.” I was really excited about the pretty range so I just let it go.
The sale was ending the next day. So I tried to call the store, and I was on hold for 40 minutes. Then someone came and hung the line up. I tried the Lowe's customer service and I was on hold again. They said, “Oh, well, you need to speak to someone in the store to find out about the sale. Let us send you over.” I told them, “No one answers the phone, which is why I called you.” Then they said, “We know how to get you in through curbside pick-up. They're the only ones in the store that answer the phone.” So I went through curbside pick-up. The guy here was what I wanted. But I was back on hold. The same thing happened after about 30 minutes. The line got hung up. I gave it a little bit of time. I read over the paper that Lowe’s gave me around the actual measurements. It said they would call you in two days to schedule your measurement. But I didn't have a measurement yet. They haven't called to schedule a measurement.
I called the store again. I tried to call early in the morning when they first opened. They still didn’t answer. I went back over to corporate again. First corporate lady I talked to said they didn't answer her. I called back later and got another girl. She had been there a little longer, so she knew what was going on. She said, “Well, let me call.” They didn't remove my stove. I wanted that reimbursed. I was gonna figure out how to measure the microwave myself. So I wanted that refunded back on to the card. I’ve had stuff refunded on my cards all the time. But they told me that I have to go back to Union City to get the refund. I'm a senior and handicapped.
When I called on the 7th and the 8th, Lowe's was supposed to escalate a claim with the manager that would get my questions answered. I told them, “Look, I have a responsibility to American Home Shield. I'm supposed to turn in the receipts. But if I can’t purchase it, how can I turn in all the receipts?” I also told them that I found that the sale was going off the next day and then asked them, “Should I purchase it now just online to get the sale price?” They said, “Well, if you do that and it's the wrong one, then we don't know, you won't get the sale price when you return it.” So they had me in a spot. I was supposed to have a call from the Lowe’s manager to say whether I got the sales price. Then I have to go back out there and get stuff credited and then purchase and have to deal with the delivery all over again.
I called American Home Shield to say, “Hey, I think maybe you should know that someone you guys are partnering or contracting with, not taking really good care of your customers. I'm letting you guys know, they're not doing a good job with us. And it doesn't look good.” I'm a person that's been in business for so long enough to be able to separate the two. That's not American Home Shield. That’s Lowe’s. But American Home Shield is contracting with Lowe’s. I was told, “They're not our partners or anything. We just send them to you.” So I said, “So, you really don't think that there's an agreement between American Home Shield and Lowe's to provide a service to American Home Shield’s clients?” She told me no.
I had to talk to the representative and it took a pretty long time to get her to understand why this wasn't good for American Home Shield that Lowe's were treating their customers like that because it changed the whole process. I loved American Home Shield but because it continued to get dragged out, it didn't make it feel right. Meanwhile, someone did an identity theft and shopped with my credit card at Lowe’s. He put it under my email, so all the receipts started coming back to me. I called the Texas store and sent them all the stuff to say, “Hey, these are fraudulent charges someone's doing on your store.”
I have totally enjoyed the experience with American Home Shield. I trust them. I went online and paid my money for the person to come out. They called the next day and scheduled the appointment. They were ready to come out the day after that or so. But I needed someone to be here to go up and down the stairs. So I pushed it out. American Home Shield should have more options on who they're gonna give out the gift certificate to. They should have more care on the vendors.
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We had American Home Shield for 10 or 12 years. We had great experiences. During the summer while we were moving into our home, our air conditioner went out. AHS was fixing that for us. It went out again a few weeks later and the dealer said we had to have a new system so a new one was put in. When we moved in, we had four-gas burner range. No sooner had moved in, two of the burners weren't working. The product was outdated and AHS just cashed us out as they could not get parts. Within a few months, we had three or four claims. It was incredible that we had this insurance and they were so good.
A few years down the road, our furnace went out in the winter. AHS sent someone here to put a new furnace in and he was from Lansing, Illinois. We depended on AHS to send us reliable people. He definitely was not. He was terrible. He put the system in and he took days. We were in our home without heat and he never once told me that supposedly we had some sort of insurance with AHS that would have allowed us to go to a motel. We had no idea. We went out and bought a few little heaters to try to keep us warm.
The tech did a very poor job of installing the new furnace to the point that we were calling AHS with complaints. I even called my town sheriff over where I live to complain about this person. She said there was nothing they could do because we should have called and found out if the company the guy was registered with the town. That company never registered. Finally, we put our foot down and insisted that AHS use somebody else that was not in their system. The company that came was Seamer HVAC and they're highly respected in our community. I knew Seamer was a great HVAC company but I was initially told by AHS that I could only call whoever was on our sheet of accepted people.
AHS should up getting a better quality of people. In the end I got Seamer and they gave AHS a report and said that the first company put a certain piping all wrong in our installation. It was just a pitiful job. We still have that same furnace and I am so squeamish about that. I was told AHS still uses the first company even though I gave them a bad review.
We dropped AHS for a couple of years then we went back. So far, the insurance has been good. But I am on edge when I had the fan and the light go out. AHS sent somebody out to work on my light. They were polite and nice. When I was confirming our appointment for our fan, I told the rep that I had Casablanca fans and there was a need to have somebody with experience. Casablanca was bought by Hunter Fan Company and when you want to get something fixed, you have to take off some sort of part at the top of the fan to read the engraved serial number. That's how you can order parts. Otherwise, you cannot order parts.
The first man that came could not take off the part and could not find it so he was frustrated by it. In the meantime, he dropped part of the light fixture and it exploded on the floor. He did a few things like that then he was gonna leave it. I asked if he was not gonna sweep it up and he said that was for the homeowner to do. I called and mentioned what happened. The company apologized and said they were gonna send out a senior technician. Supposedly, he has worked on Casablanca fans.
The senior technician could not find the part and said “We recommend there's nothing we can do for the fan. It's just broken and you just need to get another brand. And we're gonna get you $99 to purchase Casablanca fans.” I already paid a $100 service charge and they were willing to take my fans. That was a hustle. They could repair the fan and can probably sell it for $500 or $600.
I mentioned to AHS that the first two men that came out didn't know what they were doing. I asked them to send somebody and the rep was on it. He was a senior representative named Carlos. He oversaw the case and he was right on top of things. He even called to say, “It's been a few days or almost a week and we haven't heard from you.” That was because once the fan was taken down the fan, the tech found the number then had to order something. He was gracious and nice and kept reassuring me that he would help us. Carlos was just tremendous.
AHS sent Cruz Electric and Handy Service and their guy got me taken care of. But that was another week or two down the road. Cruz worked on Casablanca fans for years and their tech knew that they had been sold to Hunter Company. I still have to track this back. I haven't resolved this one because I've had to have surgery in my eye twice and I have to go back to my canceled checks. I have been having a problem doing that. Whenever you put in your service request, you have to charge the $100 fee to your credit card, which I did. On a previous one that I'm still trying to work on, I immediately charged that $100 fee. I was told I had to pay it again and I did. But I found out that wasn't necessary.
What happened this time was one company was sent out but they didn't work out. That was not my fault that they didn't get that fixed. They didn't know how to do it. But they started charging me again. This happened before. I started to go after AHS for my $100 and they told me they returned it to my bank. I checked and they did not return the money to my bank.
This time, it happened again and AHS started sending me a text telling me that I owed the $100 and that I never paid it. I was right on top of that because that was the ploy they used before. I just assumed they know and that they are tracking this. I owed the $100 and I submitted another $100. I found out later they were wrong. They tried to do it again. This time, they sent me two or three emails telling me I owed the extra $100 when I didn't. Carlos was taking care of me and I told him how AHS keep telling me that I owe $100. He checked and said I don't owe that. AHS then upped the pressure and they sent me something telling me I was in arrears. They finally sent me a letter and they told me I owed the $100. It sounded like I'm like a deadbeat and that I wasn't paying that $100.
I mentioned this to Carlos again and he said, “I don't understand. I’d taken it off through your account. They shouldn't be bothering you at all. Because that was from the same job.” AHS put some pressure on me and I sent Carlos an email saying AHS had not given up. He called me just to double check. He said he was going to make a concession. They sent me a letter. All through that paper, it said that I owed them and that I need to pay.
I called to speak with them myself and they said, “I don't understand why you think this is an invoice.” I said, “Because you have the words that I need to pay you and I need to pay you now and invoice.” They said, “Oh, no. We're giving you concessions.” I said, “Why did you have to even send this letter then, if you're saying a concession?” And I didn't understand the meaning of that word. Concession. It's hard to understand the letter and the word when they were basically telling me I still owed them $100. I'm 80 years old. Anybody that would have gotten that letter and those emails would all think that $100 is owed.
Another claim I had with AHS was for a built in microwave and it's probably 12 or 15 years old. It's one of these large ones that sits on the counter. It went out so I called AHS to say it suddenly had stopped working. They said, “Well, it's a built-in.” I said, "But you knew that. Several years ago, when I started paying for this, I clearly said that, just like we have a built-in refrigerator in the kitchen.” I was upset because the rep said if it's on the counter, then they were not covering it.That didn't make sense to me since I've been paying extra. They treated me like I bought a piece of junk and put it on the countertop
There was one other thing. AHS sent something saying I should be getting one month free when I renew. I didn't get that. I called their attention to that and they said they would fix it but they never did. In October, I'm going to be paying for a renewal. I'm disappointed. I shouldn't have to have all this contact back and forth. It's not that complicated. AHS should be able to look at their file on me and say, "We didn't give her that free month. She has been paying for years.”
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Submitting a claim to American Home Shield can be easy. It can be done online, which is pretty straightforward. But the ability to speak to someone is the problem. Their call service is a program that’s open 24 hours a day, which is great. The biggest issue is there is not a direct line. Anytime something's wrong, you have to call and wait on hold. Sometimes I've been on hold 45 minutes and I've been on hold as long as an hour and a half. The greatest frustration is that you do not get someone whose primary language is English. So there's a language barrier.
Sometimes I've had some representatives that it was not their first language, but they were easy to understand and they were good. Then there were some that you could clearly tell that they were reading from a script. So you could get very frustrated very fast and say, “Please stop reading from the script.” Or I’d ask to speak with their supervisor. But they would immediately go to the script because it’s scripted. So it’s hard to communicate.
Usually, when I need to get something done, I have to call and speak to quality control or retention services at American Home Shield. A lot of times, I’ve had appliances break down and they come in and fix it. But I’ve also had appliance break down and they come in and say, “Oh, well, there’s been an update to that under the protocol or new builder’s thing, and now, this is required.” So I’ve had to pay $300 out of pocket on top of the service fee, yet they still fixed one part of it. In some ways, it can be misleading.
Earlier this year, I had an issue with a refrigerator in my rental property. I went online and placed the servicing that evening. Within an hour, I had a vendor who I reached out to. The vendor set up the time and then they went by and fixed the issue. I paid $100 for that service trade agreement. But for what we had, it was more all-encompassing, so it was $100. Now, the flip side of that is I don’t know if what the person came and did cost $100 or $35.
When my dishwasher was broken in my rental property, the call was placed on January 6th and the contractor came out. They allegedly fixed it. But the next day, it still wasn’t working. They had to come back out and tried something else. It still wasn’t working. It wasn’t until the end of March before that dishwasher was replaced. So that was frustrating because that was for my renter. If that would have been in my home, would I have allowed it to go? It wasn’t life-altering, but it was definitely an inconvenience. Since it wasn't life-altering, American Home Shield kept giving the runaround. It’s not always straightforward.
American Home Shield has saved me. They paid for the hot water heater. But I also had to pay out of pocket for them to do an update that was required because it wasn’t up to code based on when the hot water heater was entered when the house was built. So you think you’re gonna be okay but then you’re not, and that’s frustrating. It's that fine print.
My greatest dissatisfaction with American Home Shield is that there’s not an email. I had emailed them before, and I’ve never received a response. Even if you click chat, it doesn’t go to chat. If you click on the website that says, “Contact Us”, there should be multiple ways but the only option is a phone number. So you call and wait on hold. If I’ve ever want to get anything done, I don’t call to ask about a repair, but I call to speak to a new plan. Then I get somebody who answers the phone on the new plan side. Those are very quick to answer because they’re wanting more business. From there, I say, "I need to speak to somebody in the retention service, and quality control.” But that’s wrong. You shouldn’t have to do it. There should be an email support.
Most recently, I got an email notice that I had a payment that was outstanding due, which didn’t make sense because my payments are automated monthly for the service, and then any time there’s a trade service call, that’s an automatic deduction. It comes right out of the account you set up for them to dispatch a vendor to go out and do the call. When I looked at the email that they sent, it said, “Pay it online.” But I couldn’t get any other information except to call. So I had to call and wait on hold. The young lady who answered was in the Philippines. She spoke very well. She was able to communicate. There wasn’t much of a language barrier. But I laughed because the whole time, you hear these chickens cackling in the back.
We are getting ready to sell the rental property that we have and I’m trying to figure out, “If I renew it, am I on the hook? If I cancel a month later, am I on the hook for the whole year? Or how does that work?” But I can’t get anybody to answer. So I’m really torn because I don’t want to cancel it before I sell the house because Murphy’s Law. Everything’s gonna break the minute I cancel it. But I recently thought about looking at other home warranty companies because American Home Shield's prices have jumped so much. For the first three yeats, it was $50 on each house per month. But now, the house that I have in Colorado is up to $61 a month.
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I would like to have American Home Shield allow me to pay for upgrades. An example, I had to have a furnace replaced, and they went for months, if not years, dumping money into this one AC unit. It finally got to where the list of parts was two pages long, and they went ahead and committed to replacing it. If I had to have paid for that particular AC unit, that would have been a couple $1,000, if not more. It makes more sense to pay American Home Shield $400 for the year, plus a $75 call to get it replaced.
I was thankful for the replacement, then I said, "Look, you guys, you're gonna put in a basic unit just like what was originally installed." They said, "Yes, because that's what we do. Whatever the basic current is, that's what we do." That's usually better than the basic original, which was 30 years ago, so I can't complain. But I said, "Look it, I'll pay for the difference to get an energy efficient unit and get it one size up." They wouldn't allow it, and I don't understand what the issue could possibly be. All they would allow was replacement of a basic original, because that's what I had. They've done that several times on several different items in the house.
We've had a couple of occasions where I've had to call and threaten American Home Shield too. Because it's Friday afternoon or Saturday night, and nobody can come out, or it's the old, "You'll be contacted within 24 hours." 48 hours later, we're going. "Isn't somebody supposed to contact me?" It's always the same, "Oh, well, we didn't get that call," or "We sent that call to the wrong, whatever," or "Well, sorry for that. It just got lost."
People make mistakes. I understand that and I don't have an issue with that. That's why I'm still with American Home Shield 30 years later. It just gets to be a bit of a problem when it happens to you personally. When it's the middle of summer, it's Friday afternoon, and your air conditioner goes out, and the best they can do is, "Well, you have to wait till Monday or Tuesday for that 24 hours, 48 hours to actually kick in." Are you kidding me? I say, "I'll pay the difference. Send them out immediately." On the call, "Oh, we can't do that." Unfortunately, whenever we've had an air conditioning issue or a backed up plumbing, it always happens Friday night or Saturday morning, and we always get caught on this 24-business hours.
The call may go into the company, but your call gets buried by all of the real emergencies that people called in and are willing to pay for that Friday, Saturday, or first thing Monday order. Yours just gets shuffled down in there, because you're just a routine call. So you don't get that call till either late Monday or first thing Tuesday maybe. So, now you've been without AC till, at least, Wednesday, and they don't have the part. It has to be ordered. This happened twice with my air conditioner, the first unit that we replaced. The parts that they needed were in town, but the company that was doing the repair work only ran to that distributor twice a week. I had to wait till it was their turn to go to that place to get the part, and then I had to get put on the schedule.
Using my example, a guy comes out on Tuesday morning and says, "It needs part X, Y, Z. I'll place the order." Guess what? Tuesday mornings is when they go to this company to get parts, and then again on Thursday. So now, I have to wait till the Thursday run to go get parts, and then they have to put me on the schedule once the part comes in, which means the part comes in Thursday evening. They put me on the schedule, but Friday is full, so guess what day it is now? The following Monday, because Saturday and Sunday are emergency calls, and a routine part replacement is not an emergency. My furnace or my AC has now been going on seven days, and I ain't gonna get the part put in for 10 days. That's American Home Shield's business model and I don't like it, but I accept it. Still, they could do better.
I've also had a year where I paid my $450, and I may have used them twice. I didn't need a service, but I go back to when I first bought the house that we're presently in. The house had issues, and the people that originally owned the house either lived with the issues or didn't consider them issues. I had somebody from American Home Shield out here every other week for the house. We had them out here for plumbing issues and for minor electrical issues, and a year like that, $75 a call, it's real easy to break even. I had a plumbing issue one time, where they just had to replace a water spigot. I didn't know if that was covered or not, but I called them out anyway.
The guy came out and said, "No, this isn't covered." Just getting a water spigot replaced because of the freeze was a $300 expense to me. American Home Shield makes sense if you've got an older home and you might have issues. They have worked on a dishwasher, a microwave, my refrigerator, and my washer and dryer over the course of 30 years. When you add up what these appliances could have cost me in terms of expense, it makes sense to have something like American Home Shield. It doesn't make sense when I have that year where I didn't need them at all, but I cannot predict when it's gonna be that year, so I just gamble and pay it. If I sit down and add it all up, I come out ahead.
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Sometime in July, I got the new contract from AHS because it was coming up in August and the price went up. So, I called them and I asked why. The guy told me that the rates of the contractors they use have gone up, so they had to go up on the price. But he said they would like to keep me as a customer, so he was going to drop my bill back down. The price was going to be 57.99 and he said he dropped it down to 50.99. And it was for the agreement from 8/26/21 to 8/25/22. Bu when I called again because I wanted to add in the electronics package, somebody told me that that information was not put in their records. I was so frustrated until it was pathetic, but I was thinking that maybe I needed to wait until August when my contract starts up again then I'd call them back.
In the meantime, I got a new bill for 56.99 again and they were saying that they didn't see where the guy I talked to had made this adjustment But I got a new contract agreement with 50.99 on it and they couldn't explain that. I then asked adding the electronic package on and they said they could add it on but I'd have to pay the whole amount and it wouldn't take effect until 2022. So, I've got to pay you this entire amount for 200 and something dollars and it wouldn't take place. So, I called back because when you call back, you get somebody different every time. I talked to this girl and she said she could add the electronic package on starting September 26th of this year and my bill was going to go to 68.99. I said that was fine. But she called me back and said she wasn't able to do that. That was a mistake and I told her that not to add the electronic package on anymore as I didn't want it.
Then, I had a claim for my hot water heater that started leaking. I called AHS and they sent this company out called Action Mechanical Services. And when they told me that was who it was going to be, I went on the Better Business Bureau to check everybody out. Action Mechanical Services had all kinds of complaints. Then, I talked to a relative of mine and she said they came to her house, and they were terrible. They didn't believe the COVID was real and they didn't want to wear any masks. So, when the guy came out here, I asked if he had a mask and he said he didn't need it. He said he had COVID and he already had his vaccination. He then looked at the hot water heater, took a picture, and was here for about five minutes. That company was awful and I don't ever want them again.
At another time, my faucet on the outside broke where my husband couldn't cut the water off. Then, the other one in the back of the house is leaking. So, I put in a claim online for the faucets. But Action Mechanical popped up as my contractor, so I called AHS and told them that I didn't want them to come. But when I called, the representative said that they don't cover our faucets outside. But I told him that my sister that lives over in Jennings, Missouri said that they fixed hers. He then told me to hold on and I could barely understand him either, but he was better that the previous rep I talked to. When he came back, he confirmed that they do not cover the faucets on the outside. So, I told him no to take that $100 out of my account because as soon as you call or place a service online, they immediately take that $100. So, they canceled the claim and they did not take the $100.
After that, I got an email from American Home Shield saying that I needed to contact them about my service request as soon as possible. So, I called and I got this young lady who I could not understand at all. She was saying that our part was going to be $800 but I didn't understand what it was for. And we went on and on until she finally said that they could just give us a pay-out. I told her to send me what they were going to pay for the hot water heater and they sent me a check for $596, which did not pay for my hot water heater. So, we went to another company and AHS said that whoever we were going to use, we got to send them their complete invoice or they'd see what they did because now, I would be covering this water heater. So, I sent that to them and they sent me the little $596 that wasn't enough to pay for the hot water heater.
I also had to call AHS when my furnace wouldn't cut on and they didn't send that Action Mechanical out. It was another company called Budget Air Conditioning Heating and Plumbing and they were really good. The ladies in the office where very professional and they had good customer service. The guy that came out said it was the motor and he put a new one in. He also put his mask on and we talked about that before they came. I asked if their technician had a mask and their rep said he did. She also said they wanted to make sure that no one in our home was sick and I told her that I'd have on a mask too. They were very nice and courteous. Everything went well and the furnace worked really well until Friday. But they put it in on November 1st and Friday was November 13th.
That Friday, the house was cold and my husband had even turned the thermostat up to 85 to get the furnace to come on but it wouldn't. So, I called AHS and they didn't charge me again. Their rep said that I wouldn't get charged $100 because this was what they called a recall. And they were going to have the same people, which is Budget Heating and Cooling. So, I'm waiting on them today.
All in all, the biggest issue I had with AHS was having several different people telling me something different about me trying to add on the electronics package and with my monthly bill. It was just so confusing. But I haven't canceled and I'm going to keep them because I have family members that have them and they haven't had any issues.
With the provider I had before, you can call your own people to come out and you have to pay for the service, then they will reimburse you for part of it. That happened with my washer. To get it fixed was going to cost $600 and they only wanted to pay 400. I don't need anything like that and wondered what would happen if I don't have all that money upfront. That was when my sister said that with American Home Shield, you pay your deductible and they send somebody out. Then they just take care of it. So, I said I was going to switch to them. Then, I talked to my sister-in-law, she has American Home Shield and she said they had to buy her a new stove and she didn't have any issues. So, that's why I went to American Home Shield and I haven't had a real issue with them yet. So far, it seems like things have been working pretty good and I would refer them to someone.
Thanks for sharing your AHS experience. Please let us know if you need assistance in regards to your warranty.
High Priority Plumbing & Services recently came out to fix the safety switch in the handle in the tub. They took care of it right away when they came out.
Hi Leslie, We appreciate you taking time to share your warranty experience. We look forward to handling your future AHS needs. Have an amazing week.
I had a clogged drain pipe on my AC and when the techs came out, they took care of it within five minutes. But initially, AHS sent me to a company that doesn't service this area and they sent me to the same company twice. They canceled the service because they don't service our area, so I finally called AHS about it. Since the repair, the AC's performance has been good.
Hi Tabitha, That's exactly what we like to hear. We are happy to know that AHS is beneficial to you. Thanks for sharing your warranty experience. Have a great week.
AHS gets things fixed right away. We usually call over the phone to submit claims and it's easier to contact them that way. Schubert's Appliance came out recently for an appliance claim and they were real quick.
Hi Randie, One of our main objectives is to provide exceptional service and a quick resolution to all of your home warranty needs. Your feedback regarding your recent experiences with us is greatly appreciated. We look forward to serving you in the future as needed. Take Care.
There was a freeze up and the drain pipe for the heat pump was kind of clogged. The tech from Air & Water Solutions cleaned that out and he cleaned the coils.
Hello Mario, We are happy to hear that we were able to resolve your claim. Thanks for sharing your AHS experience. Please let us know if you need assistance in regard to your warranty. Have a wonderful week.
Our upstairs air unit became inoperable. After calling their number several times and speaking with representatives who were unable to transfer you to someone who could answer, they only gave platitudes. We were told numerous times our problem was in the authorization department and would be expedited. That was two weeks ago. The last customer representative informed me she was in Columbia South America and could not transfer me. It is 98 degrees and my upstairs in uninhabitable and no one could give me information. The contractor that was sent to our home on the first service call did give us a couple of days of air but we were required to pay $300 for Freon. We can have him return again but we would be required to pay another large amount while we wait on “authorization “. At this point their timely manner is a falsehood.
Hi Tom and Donna, We appreciate you sharing your warranty experience. My name is Chapie’l and I will be emailing you my contact information. I would like to speak with you more about your concerns.
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