FLORIDA, FLORIDA -- The contractor went to the wrong house - he then called us and came to our house. He checked the range and washer and we gave him a check of $170.00 (85.00 deductible for each). He was supposed to email the invoice which he never did. The check was cashed by the company and he has ordered the part of range (coil) needed to replace. We have called him million of times and he is very uncooperative. He told us that TotalProtect rejected the claim.
We called TotalProtect, talked to at least 20 people and no one is willing to help. If this issue is not resolved, we will bring a lawsuit, go to TV channel and media blog and BBB as our patience is running out, and Total Protect will get a bad reputation.
NAPLES, FLORIDA -- I had Total Protect coverage for my AC, ceiling fans and garage door. My garage door broke and would not open. They sent out a company to look at it and I was informed I needed a new garage door opener. Total Protect then told me that I wasn't covered. I said I was covered for my garage door and they said yes but not the garage door opener. My garage door does not open so therefore does that not mean the door opener is broken, or did they just mean they covered the actual opener and would cover for a new battery? This company completely scammed me... I paid 6 months of coverage and when I needed them they bailed. STAY AWAY from them!!!
DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA -- We have had TotalProtect for 4 years. Each month we pay by them drafting from our account. The last two times that we needed major work done, they tell us that it not covered. Each time we have had to pay a service charge for someone to come out and tell us that the problem is not covered. We could have used this money towards fixing the problem. We had a water leak in the water line at the pressure control valve. It was not covered.
I asked the guy how much would it cost because we need it fixed. He said about $200.00 plus we would have to pay the service charge. We have paid way over this amount in the 4 years we were with these bums. We canceled our membership. Never again. We will just set aside something each month to cover home problems that might acute. We are praying that there will be a class action lawsuit against this company.
Dear djustthink953 , I'm sorry that the outcome of your claim decision was not what you expected and you have cancelled your warranty with us. We do appreciate that you were a long time customer and value your business. I've investigated your claims to ensure that you received every benefit your warranty affords and tried to reach you by phone on 12/22/2014 to address your concerns. I will try to reach you again. Otherwise, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know the best time to call you. Sincerely - Stephanie
HOUSTON, TEXAS -- I've had Total Protect since 2007 and during this time, I have only used this service less than 10 times since I joined.
Within the last 2 summers I have encountered major air conditioning problems each time Total has rejected payment for any replacement parts, saying it was as a result of owners lack of maintenance, referring me to the home service agreement which states "we agree to pay the covered costs to repair or replace the items listed as covered on your agreement coverage summary if any such items become inoperable during the term of this agreement due to mechanical failure caused by routine wear and tear, subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement."
They send independent contractors who only want to sell you their services which of course cost an additional out of pocket cost to the homeowner. In July 2013 they sent Royal Flush AC&H who stated the outside coil was 50% clogged, unit low on freon, inside coil leaking and unrepairable. They contacted Total who disapproved any repair work and left me stuck without air period. Back and forth I went with Total only to get a call on a Sunday morning from some representative who said "sorry" but we are not paying because of owner negligence. With Total it is always owner's negligence.
I then asked them to refer me to anyone who does the work for Total which they provided 4 names. The estimates given went from $1850 to $2600. I chose North Star Mechanical who finally showed up on a Monday, after missing the initial scheduled appointment (which was on a Saturday), and putting me off until the next Monday.
They replaced the evaporator coil in July, now in August, one month later the unit is freezing up, the blower is out and the person who did the earlier work has been fired and Total refuses again to pay and North Star wants more money for something they should have detected when they were out in July, but of course it's the owners fault.
Instead of keeping you with the original company that did the initial work, Total schedules you with company after company which is not a wise decision. Instead of them keeping me with North Star Mechanical they again wanted to send out another company. I had to call in and ask permission to get North Star to return since they had come out and replaced the coils in July. Total reluctantly agreed and instructed me to call North Star which I did.
The technician arrived the following day and reminded me about the service fee without so much as looking at the problem. He then tells me the problem is the blower which needs cleaning which would be an additional $85, he leaves and says he will return the next day. I told him I would contact Total to ascertain if the blower is covered.
I called Total and spoke with a representative who led me to believe the blower was covered only to find out today (8/23) during a conversation with a Total representative that again they would not cover any services to which I responded that I am not surprised, you never do anyway and that I am sick and tired of Total and I would be cancelling the service effective today. The technician from North Star stated to Total that the motor was gone and this would cost an additional $385 plus the $85 for the blower. The technician was up in the attic with the unit on 8/22 but never said anything about a motor until he returned on today (8/23) supposedly to replace the blower.
Prior to his return he had contacted Total and all of a sudden the motor is an issue. I chose Total because it could be included in my mortgage payment, but as of today, I'm through with them. I'm cancelling the membership and searching for a company that will service its clients. TOTAL is a TOTAL waste of the homeowner's money. And if your emergency is on a weekend you can forget it, as they do not have anything in place for the contractor to come on a weekend, possibly because they know it will cost them more money.
We're sorry you're having issues with a claim. Thank you for letting us know. We'll reach out to you directly to discuss your concerns.
FRISCO, TEXAS -- This is the worst company I have had to deal with ever! I am a mortgage customer of Countrywide and in 2006 they offered Total Protect to me as a Home Warranty service - and since it offered an easy monthly deduction along with my mortgage payment, I signed up. My front-loading washer broke down in early July 2008. I called Total Protect on July 9, and logged a claim. They assigned a contractor - Authorized Service Center (Garland, TX) to service my claim. STAY AWAY FROM AUTHORIZED SERVICE CENTER TOO...
On July 10, ASC sent a tech who pronounced the master control board in the washer defective, said they would order the part and be back. After a few follow up calls, the tech returned on July 17, popped in the replacement board and the washer would not work. He then said that Kenmores were not great - and I should have bought a Maytag and also said he had to program the board - however he did not know how to - cause there were too many models" and said he'd be back the next day to call the manufacturer and program the board.
The next day (Fri) he never showed up and after several calls to ASC they informed me they'd be back on Monday. The following Monday (7/21) when I called ASC - they informed me that I had to call Total Protect to send them a "recall" order - since they had FIXED the machine and it failed. In spite of my several attempts to explain that the washer had not been fixed ASC was adamant that since they put in a part the machine was fixed regardless of whether it worked or not! Even though I was incredulous I had no choice but to call Total protect. They promised to send the paperwork in a few minutes.
When I called ASC for a service appointment the next day (7/22) they claimed that they had not received the order. So for the next 3 days Tues, Wed, & Thu I kept calling ASC and Total Protect until they both relented and sent the tech out to my house on Friday - 7/25.
The tech came in called the manufacturer and was still unable to get the washer working. Apparently the manufacturer told him it might not be the board, it could be something else and asked him to check the door latch. Now the tech appeared totally clueless and asked me to sign something, which I refused to. I called up ASC's office manager who basically threatened me - "Do you want the tech to leave or for us to complete your work?" I told them that I obviously wanted the washer to be fixed. In any case the tech left and till this day (8/1) he has not come back.
After that I called Total Protect on 7/25, 7/28, 7/29 and 7/30. They stalled in connecting me to supervisors and when the supervisors stalled - I ask to speak to someone higher. They gave me the name of a director - with an email and fax #. I have written a 5 page letter to him outlining what's happened on 7/30 and emailed and faxed it - however there is no response or even acknowledgement of my complaint. The crux of the issue is this: Total Protect is supposed to pay me $500 towards the purchase of a new washer when they deem it unfixable.
The supervisor that last spoke to me on July 30 told me that they would pay me $300 - because they had paid $200 to ASC for fixing my washer. I debated with him that they had not fixed anything, and that my washer still does not work. I told him that in addition they had also "run" away with my $60 deductible, and that ASC should not get a dime. He kept sounding like a broken record and told me that I have to option to either take the $300 or they could send another tech from another company - and he would assess it and we could go from there.
I was also told that the service call for the new tech + any parts and labor would be subject to the remaining $300 cap and if they could not get it done - basically I get nothing. Also Total Protect would not commit to a timeline. I found this proposition ludicrous, and then wrote to this supposed Director - and I am yet to hear from him.
I have since purchased a new washer and am fighting my case to get at least $500 - my original front loading washer cost a lot more... I also am writing to Countrywide asking them to back up their promotion of Total Protect, and if there is no response from any of these guys - will complain to BBB and also will join any class action suit against Total Protect / Homesure of America Inc.
BTW I tried calling their membership services today and they sympathetically gave me a fax number to refax my letter to their director - and guess what? That number does not exist. Also my email to their director has come back as undeliverable - and that my mail system would try for another 2 days! All this reeks of TOTAL FRAUD. These guys must be put behind bars for misrepresenting and cheating unsuspecting customers. Buyers Beware!
FLORIDA -- ATTENTION FLORIDA RESIDENTS: If you have had bad dealings with the below listed two companies in the past year you need to file your complaints the the Florida State Attorney General's Office under the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs. They list a number to call or you can submit the complaint online. Be sure to indicate if you are over 60 and/or a veteran. Filing with the BBB does not really provide any enforcement or resolution. Filing with the Attorney General will provide for investigation, enforcement and resolution.
Total Protect and Total Air Care engage in Deceptive and Discriminatory practices against the elderly and veterans and especially if you are both. They will engage in harassment and lie to you at every chance they get and border elder abuse conduct. They provide fictional names and appointments on calls and laugh and become rude towards you if you attempt to seek resolution. Their work will be of no quality as they lack any customer service or workmanship qualities.
I purchased a TotalProtect home warranty to cover the major systems/appliances in my home. When I tried to file a claim on the AC they sent a company of their choosing out. I paid the $75 deductible. The company they sent said it needed replacing... the coil was leaking. TotalProtect called back and denied the claim. They said the unit needed routine maintenance such as cleaning and the dirt caused the coil leak.
I have contacted 3 service providers to see if this could be the case and all 3 have said no. Even the original company they sent out said when they phoned in their findings and were asked if the dirt caused it their reply was no/not likely. The representative on the phone said: I'm sure it's not but I was a technician and I believe it could have so I am denying the claim. So here I sit in an 82 degree house with no AC. The very reason I have the warranty is to avoid this. They try every possible angle to get out of paying a claim! I plan to pursue filing claim with BBB.
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I have been a customer of TotalProtect Home warranty for over six years. I wanted to share my experiences with this company and hopefully save other consumers some grief. TotalProtect happily takes your premium every month and slowly but continually will raise the deductible per claim. I started at $50 and was up to $75. I only made a few claims a year if even that because I often found that most covered repairs could be done for less than the deductible. TotalProtect has many loopholes so that they can deny many types of claims calling them non-covered fixtures or other language like that. I put my trust in this company to help with home repairs.
After carefully analyzing my costs to carry this coverage vs the cost of repairs, it would have been far better to put the monthly premium dollars into a savings account and then draw from that account when repairs were needed. If you are one of those few lucky people who just happened to have a central heat/air failure and dodged all their attempts to deny your claim then good for you. I would never recommend this company for covering any home repair expenses. Do yourself a favor and put premium dollars into a household repair savings account. If you must have a home warranty policy, then select a different company than TotalProtect.
MARYLAND -- I paid $60 on two occasions to cover the fee to have someone come out to look at the machine. It was not repaired the first time. The second time they said they will not cover the repair of $400 so now I have to either pay the $400 out of pocket or by another machine. :(
I'm sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the your warranty experience. I would like to investigate the specifics of your claim to ensure that you have received every benefit your warranty affords. Please send an email to email@example.com with your name, property address and phone number. I will contact you directly to address your concerns. Thank you – Stephanie, eRelations Specialist Total Protect