Other complaints against home warranty companies are that they deny the repair based on failure to maintain the broken appliance, even when no initial inspection of the appliance was conducted. One home warranty company customer writes that he was told his oven was not repairable because the part was not available. Leonard [real name withheld] says his home warranty company clearly stated on the website that if an item could not be fixed, it would be replaced. Furthermore, an agent reportedly told him the same thing, but Leonard says he was told under his policy he would be given a check to help with the replacement, but not an actual replacement.
Meanwhile, another customer writes that her home warranty company refuses to replace a furnace because of rust. According to Lynda [real name withheld], a furnace repairman told her that her furnace was old and needed replacing, going so far as to show her the rust on the unit. But Lynda says she was told the rust had nothing to do with her furnace malfunctioning. Her home warranty company, however, told her it would not pay for replacement of the unit because her policy did not cover damage due to rust.
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Unfortunately, Lynda and Leonard's complaints still seem to fall on deaf ears, and their situations are apparently all too common. Consumers and customers pay in good faith to ensure their appliances and various systems in their homes are protected in case of breakdown, but some home warranty companies refuse to honor their policies.