The Star Tribune (12/8/12) relates the story of a family that bought a stainless steel appliance in 2011. What they discovered, when the freezer started rusting a year after it was purchased, was that some companies use cheaper stainless steel that is not as resistant to corrosion as the more expensive stainless steel is. The problem is that most warranties--either through the manufacturer or through a home warranty company?--do not cover rust. So customers may buy stainless steel appliances believing they will not corrode, then discover they have a low-quality stainless steel, which does corrode. Unfortunately their warranties will likely not cover damage caused by corrosion.
The family in the Star Tribune article did not have a home warranty, but most home warranty policies do not protect against rust or corrosion, so consumers who wind up with cheaper stainless steel will probably be on their own to cover the cost of damage to their appliances.
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The news program reports that it has received multiple complaints about home warranty companies and notes that it is the company that chooses who does the repairs and sets the timetable for the repairs, sometimes leaving customers without working appliances for months.
In addition to taking a long time to repairs customers' appliances, home warranty companies have been accused of denying legitimate claims for unethical reasons. These include claiming the customer did not properly maintain the appliance or claiming the appliance had an existing defect even when the appliance was not given an inspection at the time the policy was purchased.