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Here are pros and cons of home warranties

A few years ago, Jacqueline and Jonathan Sanchez’s furnace kept shutting off. So they called the company that provided their home warranty contract and an HVAC technician came out to troubleshoot. 

Turns out, it was a simple fix: A dusty sensor needed cleaning.

Thanks to their home warranty, the Bellevue, Nebraska couple with two “lively ” kids, only had to pay $100 out of pocket to get their furnace running again. 

“A home warranty helps protect a homeowner from major home system and appliance repair and replacement costs,” explains Tim Meenan, executive director and general counsel for the Service Contract Industry Council in Tallahassee, Florida. He says a typical warranty covers heating, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing systems, and major appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and refrigerators.

If you’re in the market to buy a home, it’s common for sellers to include a one-year home warranty to seal the deal.

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‘I thought we were going to die,’ complaints about home warranties and delayed A/C repairs

PHOENIX — With temperatures so high you may have thought, ‘what happens if your air conditioning stops working?’ Would a home warranty be good protection or a waste of money? Some Arizonans say their American Home Shield warranties left them sweating during the hottest part of the summer.

Jennifer Schrader says when her air conditioning went out, she called a contractor to diagnose the issue. Schrader says she was told the unit was old, had multiple issues and she says it needed to be replaced.

But Schrader says when she called her home warranty company, American Home Shield, they thought replacing the compressor would solve the issue. Schrader says she spent days without air conditioning with temperatures in the 100s trying to work with the company.

“My son has autism you can’t just pick up and go,” Schrader says.

Finally, she says she took out a second mortgage on her

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