American Home Shield
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- $29.99 to $69.99
- Monthly premium cost
- 49 states (not Alaska)
- 30 days
- Labor guarantee
- $75, $100 or $125
- Service fee
About American Home Shield
American Home Shield is a home warranty provider that offers service plans throughout the contiguous United States. It has three home warranty plan options, which range in price from $29.99 to $89.99 per month with either a $100 or $125 service fee. Its plans cover items like rust, insufficient maintenance and faulty repairs, which are often excluded from this type of coverage. All plans require a contract.
Pros & Cons
- Three plan options
- Flexible service fees
- High coverage limits
- Covers rust, corrosion and sediment damage
- Expensive service fees
- Not available in Alaska or Hawaii
American Home Shield sells three warranty plans with high coverage limits. While its service fees are more expensive than other companies’, the ability to choose your fee might be worth it for some homeowners.
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What is American Home Shield?
American Home Shield is a home warranty company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. In the last five years, the company claims to have paid more than $2 billion in claims for its customers.
American Home Shield offers three plans to help keep your home systems and appliances in working order, regardless of their age or condition. All its work is backed by a 30-day workmanship guarantee. It serves customers throughout the contiguous U.S.
American Home Shield warranty coverage
American Home Shield sells three plans: ShieldSilver, ShieldGold and ShieldPlatinum. Each plan offers two different trade service call fees, either $100 or $125, that dictate the total cost per month. Compared with fees at other companies, these service fees are a bit high, but the monthly costs are more affordable — so the costs may even out.
The company doesn’t cap coverage for heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical items — so for any system service request, American Home Shield will not deny coverage based on the total service cost. For appliances, the coverage limit varies based on the plan.
You can also add coverage, like pool and spa or sump pump protection, for as low as $4.99 per month.
- ShieldSilver: American Home Shield’s base plan, ShieldSilver, is the most affordable option available. It’s a systems plan that covers plumbing, electrical, and heating and cooling systems. It does not cover any appliances or roof leaks.
- ShieldGold: ShieldGold covers both systems and appliances, but it does not cover roof leaks. Appliance coverage is capped at $3,000 per appliance, which is a decently high limit compared with industry averages.
- ShieldPlatinum: ShieldPlatinum covers everything in ShieldGold, plus roof leaks up to $1,500 per year. This plan caps appliance coverage at $6,000, which may cover the cost of some higher-end appliances. It also covers code violations, permits and modifications up to $1,000 per year, plus an unlimited amount of air conditioner refrigerant.
|Built-in exhaust, vent and attic fans|
|Main breaker and fuse panel box|
|Doorbells and chimes|
|Interior electrical lines|
|Garage door openers|
|Interior plumbing lines|
|Faucets and valves|
|Whirlpool tub motor and components|
|Instant hot/cold water dispensers|
|Roof leak repair||Add-on||Add-on||$1,500 per year|
|Pool or spa||Add-on||Add-on||Add-on|
|Discounted heat or AC tuneup||$75||$75||One included|
|Air filter discounts||Starting at $5.25 each||Starting at $5.25 each||Starting at $5.25 each|
American Home Shield cost
American Home Shield lets you choose your service fee. By choosing the higher service fee ($125), you can save $10 per month.
|$100 service fee||$39.99 per month||$59.99 per month||$89.99 per month|
|$125 service fee||$29.99 per month||$49.99 per month||$79.99 per month|
American Home Shield offers discounts for AARP members and a $50 discount for protecting multiple residences. Current members can also earn a $25 Amazon gift card when they refer a friend. There are a few other discounts available for AHS customers, like on appliances and air filters, that you can access through your account.
American Home Shield warranty exclusions
American Home Shield’s exclusions list is pretty standard for the industry. The company does not cover:
- Routine maintenance
- Flues, venting, chimneys or exhaust lines
- Repair or remediation of cosmetic defects
- Electronic, computerized or home management systems
- Radon monitoring systems, fire sprinkler systems or solar energy systems and components
- Repair, replacement, installation or modification of recalled or defective items
- Remediation of or damage caused by hazardous materials
- Costs of construction, carpentry or other modifications necessary to remove, relocate or install equipment
- Restoration of any wall or floor coverings, cabinets, countertops, tiling or paint
- Damage caused by acts of God
American Home Shield claims
American Home Shield makes it easy to submit a claim:
- Log in to your account or go to the service request page and enter your contract details at any time.
- Select the covered items that need service and submit.
- Pay your trade service call fee and make sure your contact info is up to date.
- Get confirmation, which will typically include your assigned contractor’s information.
AHS will initiate services under normal circumstances by contacting a technician from its nationwide network of thousands of local, qualified contractors within 48 hours of your service request.
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?
American Home Shield is a trusted home warranty company with more than 50 years of experience in the industry. It sells three plans with flexible pricing options and high coverage limits, and it doesn’t deny coverage based on maintenance issues, age or rust.
If you want a company that’s fairly upfront about what’s covered and what’s not, American Home Shield is a good option — but it might be more expensive than some other companies out there.
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I haven't had to use American Home Shield until recently. It gives peace of mind, but I was starting to question it. But if I didn’t have it, I would need it. However, the last few weeks have not been fun. I worked hard to get two leaks completely fixed. When the contractor came, they said that it was only one and they thought what I thought was a second leak was residual from the first one. They fixed the leak but they didn't tighten it enough so it continued to leak where they made the cut and seam.
The first time the techs came, they were super nice, very quick, efficient, and helpful. The second time they came out, I had an issue, and it was twofold. The lead plumber was old school and set in his ways. So when he looked, he didn't like that I pointed out that indeed I had a second leak even though he thought I didn't. So when he looked at the second leak, he was standoffish. He also was when I said, “This is still leaking where you made the connection. It's leaking. It's been leaking all weekend.” And he asked, “Oh, are you sure?” I said, “I know when my floor is wet, that it’s continuing to leak.” They know what I'm talking about, but I know when water is leaking from the ceiling.
They went to fix the original leak and tightened it, but when he tightened it, he did it so tight that he crimped the pipe. I'm fearful to have the ceiling put back on because it may leak. I am now caught in the position where I don't want them back out here to try to fix it. But I had to close up my ceiling, so I let AHS know, and they said, “Take pictures so that if you have another issue, you at least have the pictures that you can submit with the claim."
When the tech looked at the second leak, the valves were in between two studs, because they were in the ceiling but also under the floor. The tech said, “I can't do that. All this has to be cut out. Your wall is gonna have to come out.” My ceiling was already gone, so I said, “Okay. That's fine.” He said, “I don't do that so you have to have someone come in here and do that, and then I can come back.” “All right. How do I coordinate this and how are they gonna cut precisely where the pipes are that you need?”
He went out to his truck, called AHS, was on the phone with them for a while, came back and said, “I'm old school. I'll use a blow torch and I can't use the blowtorch that close to your studs because it will burn your house down. You're gonna have to cut all this out. Or you can have a second opinion, which I would recommend you do, because maybe there is another plumber out there that can do it. I already talked to AHS. You just have to call. Right here, I wrote that they denied access. They're not gonna cover the access made to make the repair. So you're gonna have to cover that on your own and call them and ask for a second opinion. If you have another company come out and they say the same thing, they can choose to have us come back out. We'll fix it, but you have to open up the wall.” I signed it.
When I called AHS, right after he left, the rep advised me, “No. He should have denied the work. If he can't perform the work, he should have said he couldn't do it. And that would have triggered a second company automatically being reassigned to you. We don't do second opinions just because, so this is going to have to be escalated, that and the third.” I said, “Fine. Let's escalate it. Because this is what he told me. I'm doing what he told me. I'm following it on good faith that he’s telling me what he just got off the phone with you guys and discussed. And now I'm finding out that that's not true.”
She said, "Absolutely. We can escalate it. It's gonna take 24-48 hours.” I waited the 48 hours. I called back. I needed to find out if the escalation was accepted and I could have a second opinion done. I ended up having to call three times to find out. It took a week for me from the time the plumber came to the following week of when I could get someone assigned. And each time, I had to re-explain the whole story to someone and found out something different.
The third time I called, they said, “Okay. That's not actually what was supposed to be done. We're going to actually close that other one out. We're gonna open up a new one. We're gonna waive the fee that you normally have to pay, because you did identify two leaks. And that's the only way we're gonna be able to get you a second plumber out there.” They did and they had someone come out, because I told them, “I don't even trust the Murrays Plumbing and Heating anymore. He told me a bill of goods, as far as I'm concerned.” And come to find out, he damaged the pipe that he was supposed to fix. So, T Mayes came out.
The first time they came out, they didn't have all the supplies that they would need. So, I had to have a recall done. That was a pain. I understand, as far as the system is concerned, if they came out, they made their visit. But if they didn't complete the work, there's something that should automatically trigger them to come back out again as opposed to the customer having to call back and say, “I understand they came out, but they didn't have all the supplies, so I need them to come back out again” in order to have AHS re-trigger another recall visit. Other than that, T Mayes did the job. They didn't need a blow torch. They put the water back to full pressure. It was a half hour that they waited around to make sure there were no further leaks. I've had them come out before, because this summer, I had a hot water heater issue. They were a fantastic company to work with. A company that AHS should continue doing business with.
Thanks for letting us know how everything is going so far. Taking care of our members is the main goal here at AHS. I am glad that you were happy with your experience up to this point.
We look forward to servicing you in the future as needed. Take Care.
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American Home Shield is one of the best. It would be very costly without them. They always take care of everything that I call them for. I would recommend them because whenever I call into them, they select a company to do the service. And that company calls back within the hour, I get a phone call and they tell me when they can come out, which is great. They tell me when and they always tell me, "We'll call you when we're on our way." And overall, the people that came out are very good at what they do. They're professionals. They put booties on their boots before they come in, they go to the heart of the problem and let me know what's going on and let the company know and they get it taken care of.
The warranty covers the ceiling fans, the garage door opener, the ice maker, all that good stuff. And you can't go wrong with it because my father-in-law said, "Why are you paying this for the insurance on the house?" I said, "Whenever you have your air conditioner break down, how much does it cost for you to replace it?" He said, "About $5,000." "I pay $100, they come and fix it no matter what it is." And he got quiet and he didn't say anything else. And I told him, "It's just like car insurance. You have to have car insurance because you never know when you're going to need it. When I need it, they're right there and they come out.
We have a carbon monoxide meter. It doesn't make any beeps, it just gives you a registration of digital. One morning, I woke up and I had this big headache. My wife was already at work. I called her up, asked, "Do you have a headache?" She said, "Yes, my head is killing me." And I just happened to look up at the CO meter and the heater was on, it was registering 10. So, I immediately turned it off and opened up all the windows, turned the fans on. It was cold, but I had to get the carbon monoxide out of there. So, I called AHS up and the contractor came out the next day and turned it on and checked it with their meter. They said, "Yep, the heat exchange, you just got a crack in it. I'm registering 10 too." I don't understand why didn't the CO meter didn't make a noise. And I had it right next to the vent right out to where it came out of the heater. But we got lucky.
The contractor replaced the heat exchange unit. And the strangest part was, that little bucket that sits up underneath the air conditioner sits on top of the heater, when they lifted it up, it had rotted out and had poked a hole in it. We didn't notice that until the summer came around and I turned the AC on. All of a sudden, I have this big puddle of water on the floor. The contractor said they would take care of it. And at the same time, they said they had to take the a-coil out because the air conditioner wasn't cooling right and that the a-coil needed to be cleaned. So, at the same time they replaced the bucket, they had to take the a-coil out and boil it out in the driveway. And we got several things going at once. It worked out well.
On one side of the house, the electricity went off and I couldn't figure out what it was. "What's going on? Why is this side of the house off?" The electrician came out here and he had a tool. It was so cool. He stood there pointing a mirror and went to one outlet and he said, "That outlet is dead. So, let me take that outlet apart and pull it out." He replaced the push tab with one that you have to wrap around the screw and tighten it up. As soon as he did that, the other side of the house came alive. And I paid them the money that they were called for and they came out. They called before they came, and introduced themselves.
The air conditioner quit working during the summer. AHS sent a guy out here, he looked at it and said, "I don't find anything wrong with it. Everything in here is hot. Let me leave and I'll come back and we'll let it cool down and we'll try it again." So, he came back and what it was was a capacitor was getting so hot, it would shut everything down. So, he replaced it and it fixed everything.
I have learned the hard way that if you call for a claim and if it's a leak, you have to specify if it's a leak, where, and what's wrong. Because tell them just one thing and there are a couple of other things that need to be taken care of. I say, "These other things they said was not on the list and I didn't know that." So, I have to call them up and tell them, "This is what's leaking. This is what's wrong." The contractor was out here last month and they had to replace the water outlet that goes to the toilet because it would just keep running. So, they replaced it, and the dish disposal was locked up and the tech unscrewed it. I said, "I've done that several times and it keeps locking up." He said, "Unfortunately, when it completely locks up, that's when we replace it." So, I paid $100.
He said, "You paid $100? Wait just a minute." Walked out to his truck. He said, "You see this Allen wrench? I'm gonna give it to you. Next time it locks, just unscrew it." I said, "You know what? I'll go for that." I put that thing right there next to the disposal. But now, I stick a wrench in the middle of it and unscrew it. So, I'm just waiting for it to lock up because it's already locked up and you can hear it making noise. And if you turn it on, he said, "Unfortunately, it has to completely lock up," and not working at all whenever he gets here.
The other thing on the plumbing was I said, "This thing, the wax ring is leaking." He said, "Unfortunately, I don't see it." I said, "Do you have any dye to put in the toilet tank so when you flush it, you'll see where it's leaking from?" And he said, "No, I don't." I said, "May I make a suggestion? Invest to some dyes that you can drop into it because that's how they found the water leaks. You're a plumber. You ought to know this." He said, "I know."
I only had one problem. The contractor had replaced the faucet and the next day it laid in the sink. I called back and told the contractor that, The tech came back and looked at it. But I called AHS and told them the people they sent out were just trying to find a way not to warranty it. They should not send the same people out. Send somebody that would fix it. The guy came out here and said, "That's a defective faucet. I got another one coming. I'll have it replaced today." He replaced it that day. I ran into things like that. But I'm still happy with AHS. And I would recommend them to anybody and everybody.
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I have several companies through American Home Shield that I really liked doing business with. I've found them to be very good and honest. In fact, for my HVAC at my house, I took out an annual maintenance contract with the company that I found through the home warranty company many years ago. So, if I have any type of issue with my HVAC system, I usually call them directly and tell them that I want the company assigned.
If American Home Shield tells me that it's on hold and the company's not taking any more calls, because they're just too busy, I tell them, "Yeah, they will for me." I call the company and have the company call them. There was also a plumbing company that I found that does exceptional business, and I've done business with them outside of the home warranty company, so I will go through the trouble. Recently, the appliance company that AHS sent out, I'll do the same for them and have recommended it to other people as well.
American Home Shield has been very good. It's sometimes a little long getting there though. With our dishwasher that was very old, the company recommended that it be replaced because there were no parts available. AHS found a part, which was probably refurbished. The first time our dishwasher was run, it ran all day long. They then replaced it, and I'm getting it this week. I've also had my daughter's washing machine replaced by them. It was a company recommendation again, and they took care of that, as well as my microwave. The first time, they sent GE out to repair my microwave and it did the same malfunction. When the technician had to come back out again, they replaced it.
Another thing is AHS only warranties their work for 30 days. For example, I had a problem with my garage door opener. They sent a company out, and the company said to me, "You really should replace this." I said, "How much are we talking?" The guy said, "600 and some dollars." I said, "No, let's just go ahead and replace these parts. We'll kick that can down the road a little bit." The same problem happened two months later, so I called the home warranty company and they said, "Nope, sorry, only good for 30 days." I said, "Well, I'll be darned if I'm paying another $125 to have somebody come out and fix the same problem that was repaired two months ago."
I called the company and said, "Excuse me, but do you stand behind your work?" They said, "30 days." I said, "Thank you," then they said, "Well, do you need help?" I said, "Not from you, because you already answered my question. If you only warranty your work for 30 days, then I'm not doing business with you." I called the company that I've done some work for doors and said, "Hey, need a new garage door." I've learned the lady has American Home Shield, and she said, "Sandy, don't buy this from us. Go through American Home Shield." I told her what happened, and she told me that the part that they replaced absolutely should not have gone bad unless they put a malfunctioning part in there. It was the same thing with the dishwasher and the microwave.
I may pay on this home warranty year after year, which I normally do without anything being replaced. I'm being honest with AHS by paying my money every month. They should be honest with me, too. They shouldn't put a refurbished part in my stuff, just do what they're supposed to do and fix it right with either a brand-new part, something that's reputable, or replace the appliance.
I'm cool if they wanna try to fix something, but in just over 30 days, they shouldn't make me pay another $125 service fee for something that was inadequately fixed to begin with. If it was a different problem that presented itself, I get it. That happens. However, the exact same problems presented themselves on two different things. One was the garage door opener, which I ended up biting the bullet, and I went with a company that I trust and paid $700 for a new garage door opener after paying American Home Shield $125 to not fix the problem. That's the only reason I'm giving a 4. Otherwise, I've been with AHS since 2002, and it's not just one property. I usually have multiple, because I have done it for my daughter's as well.
I started with American Home Shield when I started with Legum's, which was the first HVAC company that I had come out after I bought a home. I had a $75 service fee, but because it was so infrequent, I thought, "Okay. It's probably better to pay a little less a month, consecutively for months, and just go ahead and suck it up." Once I did that though, I started having more calls for service, but that's just the way it is. Overall, I recommend this home warranty to everyone, and I tell people they have to learn to work it. They can't just go online and submit a request and expect to get the person they want. They've got to go through the pain of calling. Although, as of late when I've had to call them, it's not that long of a wait.
The only other thing that I might add is a lot of the customer service reps that answer the phones have a script. They have a manual that they go by, so if I had to escalate a problem, it's near impossible to do. It used to be that I had a phone number for the supervisory group. If I had a problem, which I wouldn't do that just ordinarily, I had a recourse. However, that's no longer available. Also, if I ask to talk to a supervisor, there's never one available, and they'll say, "Somebody will call you back." That doesn't really happen.
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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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Sometimes the people in the call center are frustrating when I just wanna talk to a supervisor. That's how I actually got my fridge fixed. Recently, the washer started making weird noises and the techs fixed it. But four days later, it started making the noises again. Then, the dryer went. We're getting a new washer and dryer on Friday.
I had a water leak in one of my bathrooms back in January and American Home Shield sent someone right away. It took only 24 hours to start working on my bathroom. Someone showed up and fixed the problem so I was happy with that. Last month, my AC unit was giving me a hard time and AHS sent a technician in less than 24 hours. I love it. It was fast and I was so surprised. The technicians were professional. They brought some equipment and it was a little bit loud and they said they could try to get another system that would not be so loud but it was fine. It didn’t bother me. The techs were always asking questions and would always communicate on what was the next step, what they would need to do and that someone else was gonna be here to check the equipment.
On behalf of American Home Shield, I would like to thank you for using us for your plumbing, your feedback is appreciated. We'll be here when you need us.
When I got my AC fixed, they were real quick to send somebody out. They gave me the company's name that's coming out and around what time they should be calling me. The tech was very professional and he told me he'll handle everything. He looked at the thermostat, turned it on and felt the air. He said the system wasn't blowing out cold air. He went outside and found that there was a crack in the hose to hold the Freon. He took a picture of it on his phone and showed me. He asked me if I wanted to proceed with the work and told me how much it'll cost before he started. He welded the hose and put Freon back in. He then showed me that it was now blowing out cold air. The work was covered by the home warranty but not the Freon that got put in.
I've been protected by AHS for the past four years. There are a lot of things that the homeowner's warranty doesn't cover like the water heater, refrigerator and other stuff. AHS helps cover that. It's affordable and they have multiple plans you can get.
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I put in a claim for the refrigerator and the stovetop. The tech looked at the refrigerator and ordered things that needed to be replaced. But that took from April the 22nd through May the 10th. All my food perished that was in the fridge that I couldn't get out. I had an appointment five days after the first guy came but they cancelled it. It was ridiculous. AHS did not care and they weren't interested. The rep told me that they do not replaced perished food.
For the stovetop, AHS offered me a gift card to replace it and that was the best part. But the refrigerator is hard. If AHS is on a supply service, they should be 100% in supplying the service. Also, you cannot call direct. You have to go through hoops to get a hold of a person. You have to talk to someone that's overseas that's not even American. They don't understand what I'm trying to say.
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My AC wasn't blowing and it was turning on by itself. They were super fast to send someone out. I was impressed by them.
Thanks Rebecca. We're thrilled to hear that you were satisfied with our services. Your feedback is appreciated, and we look forward to helping you again.Sincerely,
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