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First American Home Warranty

4.3 Stars (248 Reviews)
Updated: January 20, 2023
By: Jonathan Trout
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First American Home Warranty is a home warranty company founded in 1984 and is part of the First American family of companies. They offer home warranty service plans to homeowners and real estate professionals ranging in price from $288-$468 per year with service-call fees costing $75-$95.

Editorial Breakdown

Service Quality 4.3 Stars
Affordability 5 Stars
Coverage Area 4.3 Stars
Customer Service 4 Stars

Overall Rating 4.6 Stars

Bottom Line

A First American Home Warranty can be tailored using add-on coverage to fit more specific appliances you may have in your home.

248 First American Home Warranty Reviews

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1 Star

October 14 2019 7:20AM

First I wish I can get my money back as I don't want their services anymore. It's ridiculous. I paid for 2 years ahead of time. I pretty much got the mac that covers everything pretty much including appliances. So my refrigerator stop working. I called them, they sent someone out. He couldn't fix it, he don't work on my type of refrigerator so they sent someone else out and they don't work on any compressor. So they sent someone else out and they didn't also work on compressor as they believe that was the issue.

At this point I'm very upset as I have 4 kids and we had no refrigerator, no food. We ate fast food 3 times a day for 2 whole weeks which is very unhealthy. I explained that to them. They didn't care. They basically said it was nothing they can do but sent someone out again so here we are a month later no refrigerator fixed and about 4 people came to look and now I haven't heard anything.

Of course I bought another refrigerator as I'm not going to keep waiting and spend 100+ a day on food so I'm paying them but I won't be getting my money back and I wasted a service fee because nothing got fixed. I would think that a refrigerator should be high demand as that's how people eat but it's not. I would HATE to have to do a higher claim on my house and they pull this. No way. I'm going someone else

Stephanie F.
5 Stars

October 09 2019 3:22AM

I don’t know what the previous reviews are talking about. I have had FAHW since 2012. My realtor suggested it. I am sooo glad he did. Being a single working parent. There’s not a whole lot of spare change. Keep in mind the repair men they send out are on a list they work from. If the repairman didn’t fix the issue they can send someone else out no addition charge as long as the issue reoccurred within 30 days.

They also tell you online or when you call who they have assigned you to immediately. You even get their phone number. It didn’t wait for the appointment notification I called the repairman right away and scheduled the repair. If the are unable to fix the item or the repairs would cost more than replacing, they will replace it. I just got a new washing machine a week ago. Now looking to put a warranty on a house I inherited. I have have a great experience with them.

Patricia H.
Oklahoma City, OK
1 Star

October 08 2019 10:43PM

Be aware, these people are crooks! We got an issue with the HVAC, the gas valve is defective. We called First American with who we have a contract and they sent a contractor. The dedicated contractor did not want to check the problem and left. First American Home warranty sent us another contractor who confirmed us that our heater did not work correctly, due maybe to a low pressure of gas and advised us to call Gas company. Then, we called Gas company, they dispatched a tech who told us that the pressure was perfectly correct.

However, as I told him that I was suspecting a gas leak in the kitchen because it was smelling a natural gas odor in the kitchen, the tech checked with appropriate gas leak detectors and found a gas leak. We called immediately First American to open a new claim. They sent us a plumber. The plumber did not do anything because according to him, the leak was coming from the oven.

We called back First American who send us a technician in appliances.The tech tried to locate a leak with soap and water…and did not find any leak…The guy was very rude and totally unprofessional. First American decided top deny the claim… We called back Gas company who told us, by using electronic appropriate devices, that there is definitely a leak to the oven. The Gas company tech, even if he was very nice and professional, was a little bit upset face to the ineptitude of the insurance company and the successive dispatched called contractors, and decided to shut down the gas to avoid any disaster….

We called back First American to keep them posted and they sent us a voicemail to request from us to take the double oven out of our cabinets. They requested us to hire a specialist to take the appliances out of the cabinets to allow another “HVAC specialist” to check the leak…I thought it was a joke but not at all!!

In fact, they requested us to disconnect the oven from the gas line to be able to check the leak between the oven and the gas line... I think their IQ is far above mine because unfortunately, I cannot compete…First American then decided to deny this claim as well…

Conclusion, Our HVAC gas valve is defective and we still have a leak in the oven, two issues which supposed to be covered in our contract with First American and for what they do not want to take care of. This company First American Home warranty takes your money but does not want to pay when you have a problem... How do we call a guy with a such behavior: A crook, right? Sign with them and that is what you gonna get... Now we have no choice but to escalate the matter...

Philippe M.
Encino, CA
3 Stars

September 26 2019 11:16PM

We’ve been a member since 2011 and have most things repaired quickly. The past two years have not been as good. A/C repair took more than six weeks (in 95+ temperatures). Just had a plumbing issue (no water in upstairs faucet or shower). They fixed the shower but needed to replace the faucet. They wanted to replace the Moen faucet with a cheap builder grade (plastic handles and all). We bought our own comparable faucet and First American refused to install it! When I asked about a buy out they said I would get $3 for the new faucet and installation!! Read ALL fine print they rip you off!

Karyn H.
Hockley, TX
2 Stars

September 24 2019 12:53AM

SWITCHING FROM 1St American to American Home Shield Warning to anyone considering becoming a member of First American Home Warranty Corporation. They reward new clients BUT PUNISH LOYALTY. I’ve been a member since 2013 and the first year or so was great. But now that I’ve been a member for six years I’m being taken for granted and taken advantage of. The service has DEFINITELY DIMINISHED since 2013. I filed a claim for failures in my electric stove and oven two weeks ago and have yet to receive service. Their response time is lousy.

I was billed $200 for a repair that took First American 2 years to resolve!! And yet I stayed loyal to them. I’ve recommended First American to many people including my daughter and her husband and they signed up. But now I’ve had enough. I’m going to switch to American Home Shield to try them out. They may be as bad BUT THEY CAN NOT BE ANY WORST!! It’s worth a try. I’m going to every site I can find to warn as many people as I can. I’ve had good and bad experiences with them but now the bad outweighs the good.

Robert H.
Durham, NC
1 Star

September 23 2019 10:01PM

Before you sign an agreement with FAHW be aware of the following: In the event you have a problem with an appliance they will send a technician that knows very little about repairing an appliance.

On May 1 2019 My ice maker built into my Whirlpool refrigerator ceased to work so I called FAHW and filed a claim and they sent a technician (Fair Price Appliance Service Corp) to attend to the problem.

He came to my home and opened up the ice maker to inspect it and then told me I have to order to parts. Three weeks later FAHW sent me a text setting up a time for the technician to replace the parts. He replaced a motor and some other part and told me that it is fixed and we will see ice in 12 hours. No ice cubes was visible after 12 housing I called FAHW and told them the problem was not fixed so they rescheduled for the tech to come to my home in two weeks.

He showed up and worked on the ice maker once more then promised me that he fixed it, twelve hours later still no production of ice. I called FAHW and filed my complaint and once more they sent this same technician and once more he wasted my time.

After I kept on calling them to report the problem they sent another technician after 2 weeks and that person knew nothing about fixing the ice maker. He left my home telling me he had no idea about how to fix it. I complained again only to be told that the original technician will stop bye and work on it. I refused to waste my time with that technician so I called a professional company and they sent a technician that pin pointed the problem and fixed it.

After a 3 month span FAHW sends me a text stating that a technician is scheduled to come to my home to fix the ice maker so I called customer service to tell them that I called another technician and got it fixed right away so I requested a reimbursement for the repair but the rude and discourteous person in customer service had the audacity to tell me that I will not get any reimbursement. I will not do business with this group.

Mukesh C.
Windermere, FL
1 Star

September 17 2019 11:06PM

We had a problem with our plumbing and the contractor assigned by First American Home Warranty to resolve the plumbing issue cut a hole in the wall from our master bedroom to the master bath to repair the plumbing. We had a hole in our wall for several weeks and we still have an unmatched large paint spot on our walls in both rooms and we will have to repaint both walls.

We had a problem with our air conditioning unit and again the contractor assigned by First American Home Warranty did a poor job. The contractor assigned to repair our a.c., gave a quote of $1800 in repairs that would not be covered by the warranty. Since, we would have to be $1800 out of pocket we had another company look at our unit and it turns out none of the issues the vendor stated were really broken. Only a damper was closed our a.c unit is working fine and it only cost us $130 to have the unit checked out. The contractors chosen by this company are horrible.

P. H.
North Las Vegas, NV
1 Star

September 10 2019 5:07PM

I must remain nameless because my work order is still outstanding. There has been problems not being able to find anyone to do handle the work order by the best possible tech. because First American Home does not pay the contractors in a timely fashion. FAH said I could pay the bill and then they would reimburse me. If I had that kind of money I would not NEED FAH!! I'm afraid they would pay me like they do their contractor

John Q P.
Tucson, AZ
1 Star

September 05 2019 4:23PM

The contractor sent did not have the proper equipment to diagnose the problem. He poured water into the outside cleanout and then said we have two options to repair the backup.

Option 1 is to remove the toilet and attempt to clear the blockage from inside the house and run the risk sewage backup into the house and ruining our wood floors, he said didn’t want to be responsible for that.

Option 2 was to dig up my yard to install a 2-way cleanout that will cost me $2200.00 out of pocket because this type of repair is not covered.

I asked him how could he determine how severe the back up is without snaking it out and then using a plumber’s camera. He stated the cameras are too big to go down the toilet (WHAT) and never responded to the snaking. Needless to say, I wanted a second opinion because this didn’t seem right to me.

Called First American Home Warranty again they told me the claim was denied but would send someone out for a second opinion. They sent a second company out, these guys had camera equipment but claimed the backup was being caused by a belly in the line and it would be $3500 to repair. They charged me $350 to run a camera down the sewer line to make this determination. Not satisfied my son, called one of his plumbing contacts they came out the next day and fixed the problem for $250.

They also ran a camera down the sewer and determined that was not the problem because the belly was so shallow it could not cause a system-wide backup. The problem was a broken door on the sewer line that was not opening and causing the back up.

I’m not sure what kind of contractors this company hires but what good is a warranty if the repair people they send out misdiagnose the problem in an attempt to make more money and rip off unsuspecting homeowners. If you have a warranty with this company don’t take their contractors word get an independent third part opinion it will save you money in the long run.

Keith K.
Loganville, GA
1 Star

August 29 2019 2:39PM

I had a very bad plumbing problem, water coming from from every toilet, bathtub and shower, flooding the floors. I called at 7:30 at night when I discovered it. The said the got me a plumber and I called the emergency number but the mailbox was full.

I called first American back several times, never getting anyone that spoke very good English. Finally I got a manager that promised me that if in 4 hours if the plumber didn’t call me back I was free to call around and use one if I could get one, but he was very rude also.

He said they had up to 24 hours to call. I asked him what I was supposed to do with bathroom situation for 24 hours and he told me, a woman to just go out side. I called back in the morning, 12 hours later and they weren’t open, another lie, only to new claims, and there are no managers, so I guess I just spoke to someone pretending to be one.

I asked where I was calling since everyone had accents, and they told me El Salvador. No wonder he said go outside to the bathroom!! I am furious. I cancelled the claim and had someone out and the plumbing (clean out) fixed in 30 minutes.

Delaine D.
Mesquite, TX