About American Home Shield
AHS.com is the website for American Home Shield, a home warranty company. They offer Home Protection plans for homeowners, buyers and sellers. Home warranties are contracts which cover a majority of the expense for replacement or repair of an appliance or home system component. Situations often arise when you least expect them to, but with a warranty plan you can save money, stress and time.
On the American Home Shield website you may submit your information through their online portal for a free quote. They have a Systems Plan which covers common components of a home, those integrated in the construction of the home; some examples include air conditioning, plumbing, electrical wiring, etc. The Appliance Plan covers items purchased for a home which are typically installed after the home has been built. Some of these items include microwaves, ovens, washers, dryers and the like.
They offer a Combo Plan consisting of both the Systems Plan and the Appliance Plan as well as customized plans tailored to your needs. Plans can be cancelled within the first 30 days for a full refund, after 30 days you will receive a prorated refund.
An American Home Shield contract is effective 15 days from the date a plan is purchased. Service requests are unlimited throughout the length of your contract; a standard term is typically one year. Additionally they offer preventative maintenance plans to help keep your appliances and home systems are operating efficiently. There is a contractor locator on their website to find one close to where you live.
Online there have been many negative reviews and complaints posted regarding their services and affiliated contractors. Most often times it was reported that a single repair required multiple visits from different servicers. Fees for each visit accumulated quickly and furthermore, some claims for repairs and replacements, submitted to AHS, were denied.
Review different home warranty providers and make sure you clearly understand the coverage plans. Dissect contracts because they may reveal a slew of circumstances upon which claims are denied. If you are interested in a home warranty plan, also research the contractor companies they are affiliated with.
Consider weighing the cost of a home warranty with the warranties offered with each appliance. While some retailers are part of the stores existing policies, other times you are offered the opportunity to purchase a warranty through the retailer. Major appliances also come with warranty plans you can sign up for directly through the manufacturer.