SUGAR LAND, TEXAS -- We had an AC problem in April 2015. The vendor said it was the capacitor, he quickly fixed it and left. Six weeks later, we had relatives in from out of town and the AC stopped working. No one could come out, they wouldn't even call us or return our calls. Five days later, someone came out and put a new capacitor on.
This vendor informed us that the last vendor spent $0.10 on the part and he said these parts don't cost anything to begin with so he could've spent a couple dollars more and gotten one that were lasted for years and everyone in the industry knows the part will not last and no one uses them. So had the right part been put on to begin with and there were some kind of check and balances with home Shield. The consumer would not deal with this issue.
Now it's 2016 and we're in the heat of the summer. I'm in Texas. And the same AC isn't working again. The vendor comes out and we notice it's the same vendor put on the cheap part that lasted only six weeks. He was in our attic not even a minute and gave us a list of things that we needed that were out of code and it was gonna be another thousand dollars at our expense. Mind you, the problem we were having had nothing to do with anything that had to do with codes and there's never been a problem with codes ever since I lived in the home.
We protested about the vendor and his skinny practices and requested another vendor. We had to go round and round with home shopping day send someone else out. Now we had no code issues but we need a new coil and of course we were going to need freon which we understood would be at our expense. What was all said and done, this gentle and found some code updates they were completely different than the first vendor's code updates.
We found out that Home Shield only pays each AC and heating vendor a flat rate of like $220 or $240 something like that I forget the exact amount now. So if there's some major problems they still just get their flat rate so to make up the difference you pay for code updates. Hope she is aware of this and they perpetuate it and they tell you have to have codes updated.
Well now we had a few cold days of winter and a vendor comes out and finds that we need a new heater which is covered under our plan. He informs us that the vendor who fixed the AC did a ** job and took out the transition in our AC which is a really big deal and took it completely out which made our AC bill go way up because it wasn't doing the job right. On top of that they disconnected the over flow switches.
So they charged us for code updates while they deliberately put us in code violations. And did I mention the installers that put in the coil that was messed up didn't understand any English? I can guarantee you they did not have a license to be doing AC work. The heat guy said they fix the heater, they'll have to fix all the things that this AC guy messed us. Then I get a letter from Home Shield with all the things that the first guy messed up as an extra expense to us to pay for.
So somehow we had nothing to do with him messing up our OC and taking out a huge piece to the AC unit and turning off all of the switches. For now thanks, affect us to pay to have all that put back together correctly even though it was their fault they send a vendor to us that wasn't competent and a fraud. And I'm saying fraud because American Home Shield is very aware that these vendors are scamming the homeowner and they don't care. Their loyalty is to the vendor. I am skipping the Better Business Bureau and going directly to the Attorney General.
NOTTINGHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- Submitting a claim with American Home Shield always runs very smoothly and they react very quickly. In fact, my last claim was in the repair stages within 24 hours. It was for the pressure gauge and holding tank on my well pump. However, they did not have a representative in this area who could do that kind of work and I have somebody, because I've lived here for a lot of years.
So I got my own contractor to do the work and paid $1,250 for their service. I called AHS to get reimbursed and the AHS representative spoke to the contractor while he was here and got the story on what happened. Unfortunately, and this is nobody's fault, the rep had to write it down because all of the computer systems were down and that was on a Friday. She told me that when the techs finished doing what they had to do, she was going to call their office and speak to them again.
I told her that I had an issue with that because the contractor already got the money. And if the AHS rep will call them later on and get voicemails, the contractor's not going to call her back. If it was AHS' people that they have a contract with, that's a different story because they have an agreement but they had none with the people that did the work for me. However, I knew it's policy and it had to be done. I was also trying to give her some feedback on this but I knew it was not going any further. She was not rude but she just doesn't care.
The thing that really stinks about it all is that the work wasn't covered which I have a problem with. Especially, since I paid extra to have my well pump covered, because we have our own well. It is kind of ridiculous because without the pressure gauge and holding tank, I have no water. Those are the brains of the well pump and that's exactly how the plumber described it to me. Moreover, the pressure regulator is not something that breaks a lot because it's covered undercoating and lasts for a really long time.
Also, this is a brand new house for us but when we bought our own policy, it's not looked at like a new house even though we bought the policy the month we bought the house. However, if the previous owner had bought the policy, they take into consideration that the new owner inherited some broken things without realizing it. We've only been here since fall and the well pump had to be broken when we got here. It just took that long for it to finally wear out and die. That's been going on for years for it to get to the point that it did.
I've had two other claims for my washing machine and dishwasher. Those experiences went fine but their policy was to repair something until they can repair it which resulted in them spending more money. I could have bought a new washing machine and dishwasher for what they had to pay to repair those items, which is silly. Especially with my washing machine, I really went back and forth with them on it because it is 30 years old. It's been fixed now but I know it's going to break again because of its age. But in talking to the contractors, they said that's pretty typical.
FRISCO, TEXAS -- I recently filed a claim with American Home Shield for my pool. They had to replace the electronics that burned out. It was the most difficult claim I had as it took 90 days for it to get repaired due to the incompetence of the vendor. They kept getting a part and telling me the part was bad. It took three weeks each time to get the new part, and they went through three different sets of parts before they realized that it was something else. They finally brought all the connectors and detectors out, which they should have done early on.
They found out that it wasn't the transformer, but the circuit board that had gone bad. They kept telling me that they'd be out in a couple of days. It was 30 days later when they finally came out and fixed it, and then the repair they did was shoddy at best. I ended up having to remove things and remount stuff because it was so poorly done. Now, the equipment is fine. They wanted me to sign off on it, and I told them I'm not signing off until it runs for 48 hours after waiting 90 days. I also asked them to show me every single component and how each works before they leave. They weren't happy about that and said it wasn't their job.
Everything is in working order. I was a little miffed that it is not a like-for-like replacement. The system I had before was much more complex and involved, and this one is about as bare bones minimum as I can get. In fact, I contacted Home Shield a couple of times and they asked if I wanted them to get me another vendor but I didn't want toi start all over again.
Normally, the vendors would come out, find the problem, and fix it. We had a couple of air-conditioning work calls this year. The guys came out in a day or two and everything was fine. It was exactly what we would expect. The claim for the pool was ridiculous.
It's too much trouble to get a service. We have been in the sense of dropping the service because of these types of issues. Sometimes, when I call, a contractor comes out after four or five days. We don't like it but understand that as long as they're confident and can identify the problem right away, that's all we care about. That's what all we expect out of any contractor that comes out.
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE -- 1/9/17. Beginning on or about Nov. 18, 2016, I submitted a service request to AHS for work on my hot water boiler. It seemed to be malfunctioning and was not keeping the house warm. Temperatures outside were dropping to teens and single digits at night. AHS assigned a contractor to perform the service, but he was unable to return calls or schedule a time to come inspect the boiler. I cancelled the request and submitted a new one approximately 5 days later. In the mean time I purchased space heaters at a cost of $300 to keep the house from freezing up.
AHS assigned the same contractor to the job, and he, again, was unable to schedule time to fulfill the contract and he cancelled it, asking AHS to assign a different contractor. I submitted a third request for service and AHS assigned the same contractor again! I was finally able to get an AHS representative on the phone on about Nov. 28 in the retention department, as I was ready to cancel my AHS Warranty. Retention (Shanikka **) advised me that I could hire my own contractor and that they would credit me with two $125 service fees, and that one would be applied to the current boiler work.
I failed to mention that the original contractor was 25 miles away in another town. AHS coincidentally was able to locate a contractor in my town after they had already approved my own contractor. Regardless, my contractor was able to fix the boiler in short order and billed me. I was instructed by AHS to pay the contractor, and that they (AHS) would reimburse me, including the $125. On about Jan 2, 2017, I received a check from Service Master which was exactly $125 less than the amount of the bill.
I have since been in email contact with retention (Kenitra), about the deduction and subsequently canceling my warranty because of the failed promise. AHS has been unresponsive now that I am requesting cancellation. I feel that they intend to either prolong the cancellation in order to lessen the prorated refund to me, or they have no intention of canceling the warranty.
Update 1/14/17 Kenitra has since e-mailed me and told me I am not due any refund after finally canceling because I had a claim. Nowhere in my contract does it state any such thing. It does state that I would be due a prorated amount, less 1 month worth of the contract cost. I explained that it would be unwise for me to cancel if that was the case, so it should be reinstated if that was true. No response of any type since.
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- My water tank was making a noise, and I called American Home Shield to have them assign someone to come and fix it. Submitting the claim was fine. The part that was problematic was I feel like the company that they sent did something to my water tank so that the problem couldn't be fixed. It took six years for this water tank to start making noise and he's now telling me that because I had galvanized pipes in other places in my house, that there's no guarantee that this is going to last. He left and 20 minutes later, the tank started making the noise again. He came back out and just stood. The tank started making the noise before he got to the front door.
When I called back to AHS, I was told that if the second opinion came back as the first one then I would have to pay for the second call. The second guy who came actually repaired whatever it was that I think the first guy did. I'm not a plumber, but I stood in the bathroom and watched him and saw that there was something else that he tweaked and the noise is gone for good.
I've been with AHS for about eight years or longer and I've never had a problem before. But having this problem recently uncovered a lot of things because I found out that the first company sent was known for doing underhanded trick. However, when I told AHS that I never wanted this company to come to my house again, at first I was told “I don't know if we can do that.” I've got to see what happens from this point forward.
Also, the very next week, I called AHS about a problem with my garbage disposal. The person on the line said, "It is making a noise, but it's running, and that's probably something that you got in it, and so therefore you won't be covered." At that point I was like, "Okay, I'm done." I had my garbage disposal fixed by another company and then I called and put in a complaint. Lo and behold, when I made my complaint, AHS rectified the problem and reimbursed me for what I had paid for the repair and so I'm still with them.
I've been very trusting and I have people within the company told me that I should pursue the matter and make sure that I kept pushing. Finally, when I told AHS that I did not want to renew my warranty with them, that's when we really started getting into a conversation about why. Although there had been some complications, AHS rose to the occasion and corrected what I felt was done unfairly. So I was very pleased with them.
JAMUL, CALIFORNIA -- I was a customer of American Home Shield for a couple years. Never really used their services until the AC stopped working. I called and did a service request. The next day 2 Russian guys in a Toyota Prius pulled up to fix my AC. I thought it was kind of funny how they got out and pulled out their little duffel bag of tools. When they entered my garage area I explain to them exactly what was going on and one of the guys says "oh it's a leak". I explained to him I don't think it's a leak. Waters is there because it's a hot day and there's condensation. I've seen it there before.
And it was something to do with the actual motor or Freon. He was adamant to explain that it was the leak and he wanted to fix it. After he spent 20 minutes replacing a small PVC part charge me my $75 service fee and he was on his way. AC never worked! I called back American Home Shield and they said they will send him back. After he came back a second time and twiddled his screwdrivers and scratched his head, he said it should work perfectly fine now. Of course it didn't and he was on his way and at this point I had to call American Home Shield again. Also it's 100° plus in our house and we have a new baby. With no AC it is stressing out me and my wife.
After American Home Shield realize that they could not send out a capable group that would be able to fix my AC they asked me to call a professional repair man and they would cover the costs. I went and found a very good company and very professional. When the new company came out the guy instantly went inside the AC unit and pulled out something called a solenoid. He replaced it with one in his van and also another so inside my compressor. AC worked perfect and charged me $230. Before you hire or get yourself into a contract with American Home Shield you should look at the problem and get a professional out there to fix it.
It will cost you way less than what American Home Shield will charge you per year. My yearly cost was about $500 and this guy fix my AC were $230. If I were to originally never go with American home Shield I would still have $270 in my pocket instead of home shields. Is actually horrible what they do and how they treat you. They're very nice when you sign the contract and I are complete jerks when you call them and have problems. Stay far and clear of this company!
DALLAS, TEXAS -- We have two AC units. One of them was out for several days and that was when it was around 100 degrees. We filed a claim with American Home Shield and the guy that came out from the AC company was really nice and seemed to be knowledgeable. He told us what our options were, one of which was to spend $1000-$1500 of which $600 was just Freon, which I think costs $80 each and AHS only covered $10 of it. That was upsetting, but then he also gave the option for us to install a whole new outdoor unit which would not use the traditional low Freon and we would spend $3500 for it.
We had to spend a lot more money, but now we have a new unit outside. I don't know whether AHS covered any of it, which they should, and how much of that would they cover. If they didn't cover all of it then I'd like to get the credit for the portion that they covered. Also, we ran into one problem when they sent out the new unit. They did not send the programmable thermostat, and the installer who came out happened to have one that he owns on his truck and he put that on for us. However, when he left, he didn't finish. He was here for a long time and it was 10:00 at night when he left and the AC wouldn't cut off.
He left some kind of a bypass code on there when he was testing it and forgot to take it off, so it stopped running. I called them again and he came out the next day, and he said that it had blown a fuse, not one of our house fuse, but a fuse within the AC unit and that's why it wasn't coming on. He informed me that for something like that I should have just called AHS instead of calling him back, which pissed me off because he installed it and he didn't do it right. Other than that, our experience with AHS has been okay.
BRADENTON, FLORIDA -- We attempted to use the warranty that was included with our new home purchase. On hold for 1 hour... yes, 1 hour... on a Sunday to get help with a plumbing problem. My husband finally got through, and they told us their contracted plumber would be calling us tomorrow in the morning, for an appointment that day. By 11 AM, and no call, I called the plumber myself. They never received a work order from AHS. Called AHS. On hold for over an hour on a Monday. Finally got through, and the representative hung up on me while she went to check. This is absolutely ridiculous. Very Incapable.
TEMECULA, CALIFORNIA -- Nothing but bad experiences with this company. My first service call last year was for a dishwasher that wouldn't clean. Tech said it was fine. Went out and finally bought a new dishwasher and it works perfectly. Today is the icing on the cake. We have no hot water. I tried calling and was left on hold for 45 mins, never did get to talk to a human. I then ordered a service request over the phone. The tech can't come out for 2 days. THIS IS NOT OKAY! It is 104 degrees here and nobody can shower, wash dishes, etc. Thanks AHS and, just saying, my husband is a real estate broker so you lost all of his referrals.
CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS -- I had a problem with the heating element in the washer. It wouldn't start anymore and that had to do with the temperature. So I contacted American Home Shield and submitting the claim was pretty easy. I've always had pleasant exchanges with them on the phone. They're one of the best companies out there for a home warranty.
Everything went really well. The Sears person who came out diagnosed the problem right away. He was great, very polite and answered questions. He was also friendly and very professional. However, it took three weeks for the problem to get resolved. The part needed arrived a couple of days after his initial visit but there was a delay in getting scheduled for the service. That was the biggest inconvenience. I had to go either to a public place or to a relative's house to get the washing done. I was surprised because I've not had to wait that long to have a problem resolved. But since the repair, the washer is working the way I expect it to work.