Are Home Warranties Worth It for Akron Residents?
Yes, home warranties are worth it for Akron residents. Akron summers can have some very hot days, which means it's important that your air conditioner is working well. However, over time this system can malfunction due to breakdowns from regular wear and tear.
Akron winters are very cold, meaning you rely on your heating system often. HVAC system replacement can cost between $2,500 and $8,000, compared to a home warranty costing roughly $644–$737 annually based on 120 quotes we requested from home warranty companies across the nation. The regular rain in Akron can damage your home's roof.
Some home warranty policies include limited roof-leak coverage, which can mitigate the cost of roof repair. Lastly, a home warranty connects you with trustworthy service providers. Investing in a reputable home warranty company is worth it because companies vet their technicians.
If you're focused on work or other priorities, your home warranty company can ensure that someone reliable will handle your problem.
What To Consider Before Choosing a Home Warranty Company
Consider these key factors to determine the right home warranty plan for your needs.
We requested 120 quotes for a 2,000-square-foot, single-family home and determined that home warranties cost an average of $53–$62 per month. There are also service call fees that apply whenever you file a claim. These fees range from $65–$125 per claim. Basic home warranties cost less than comprehensive ones, and appliance plans cost less than home systems coverage plans. Most providers offer add-on coverage options for an additional cost. Consider your specific needs before choosing a plan.
Many home warranty providers offer plans for select appliances or systems. Determine which appliances and systems you use most often before selecting a plan. If you only need coverage for certain major systems (such as heating) or certain appliances, you can find a plan that meets your needs. The following is a list of common systems coverage:
- Air conditioner
- Central vacuum
- Water heater
- Built-in microwaves
- Clothes washers and dryers
- Garbage disposals
Most home warranties only cover normal wear and tear. They don't cover preexisting conditions or improper installation. In addition, home warranties don't cover cosmetic issues or appliance components, theft, defects, or routine maintenance. Providers will outline limitations and exclusions in their service contracts. Thoroughly read your contract to make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your plan.
Also, consider provider reputation when choosing a plan. You can read customer reviews on sites like Trustpilot, Best Company, and Google Reviews or look at a company's Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating. Ratings and reviews are a great way to assess how providers handle customer service and claims. Check with the Ohio Consumer Protection Section to verify that a provider holds a license with the state.
Take into account a home warranty company's network of service providers. The provider you choose should use licensed and registered contractors to handle service requests; make sure to ask your company how and where it sources technicians. Select a provider that mentions service contractors you're familiar with. Homeowners in rural areas should consider choosing a home warranty that lets them select their technician. There may be no in-network service providers available in these areas, so customers may need to source their own.