AHW Home Warranty: Review

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We know what your home means to you and your family. That’s why we know how important it is to protect your major appliances and home systems when they break down due to normal wear and tear. Keep reading to learn about AHW Home Warranty and our recommended provider, American Home Shield.

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Today’s Homeowner works with an independent reviews team to create evidence-based research that helps our readers make informed decisions. The reviews are always independent. For transparency, we may be compensated if you purchase through a link.

Review Team Standards

The primary concerns of consumers when shopping for a home warranty are always in the forefront as our research team dives into the business operations and customer experience of each home warranty provider we review. 

Upon reading our review, we believe you’ll feel more confident about choosing the best home warranty provider for you based on coverage, costs, service fees, customer service, and coverage limits.

Finally, we’ll back our recommendation of American Home Shield (AHS) over AHW Home Warranty with several great reasons, including plan options and reputation.

To get a free quote from AHS, call 844-529-9298 or fill out this online form

Overview of AHW Home Warranty

Although AHW Home Warranty has only been selling home warranties since around 2010, the company has more than 50 years of collective service. 

Based in Columbus, Ohio, AHW offers standard coverage for a reasonable price, as well as specialty add-on options that most home warranty providers don’t offer, such as a wine refrigerator, whole-house humidifier, or instant hot water dispenser. The company has a network of more than 10,000 certified, licensed, and insured technicians and offers three separate home warranty plans.


AHW Home Warranty Plans & Coverage

AHW Home Warranty offers three plans: one covering systems, one covering appliances, and a combo plan that covers both appliances and systems, plus some rare specialty items.

 System PlanAppliance PlanCombo Plan
Central AC system 
Central heating system 
Plumbing (not stoppages) 
Electrical  
Hot water heater 
Ductwork 
Jetted bathtub 
Garage door openers 
Refrigerator 
Dishwasher 
Stand-alone freezer 
Washer 
Dryer 
Trash compactor 
Oven/range/stove/cooktop 
Built-in microwave 
Instant hot water dispenser  
Garbage disposal   
Attic fan  
Ceiling fan  
Bathroom exhaust fan  
Doorbell  
Kitchen fan/exhaust hood  

These items can also be protected through optional add-on coverage:

  • Pool/spa
  • Additional central heat
  • Additional central AC
  • Lawn sprinkler system
  • Septic system
  • Whole house humidifier
  • Sump pump
  • Limited roof leaks
  • Central vacuum system
  • Well pump
  • Wine refrigerator
  • Septic tank pumping
  • Additional refrigerator
  • Water softener
  • Extra hot water heater

AHW Home Warranty Cost

With most home warranty plans, there are two costs to consider: the premium (paid monthly or annually) and the service fee. The service fee is paid at the time of repair. The premium varies for the plan you select — here’s the pricing for each:

Plan NameAverage Yearly PremiumService Fee
System Plan$479$75
Appliance Plan$479$75
Combo Plan$579$75

Home Warranty Service Fees Industry Comparison

AHW Home Warranty keeps it simple with a flat $75 service fee across their three plans. This is within the average range of similar plans, but on the lower end of the industry standard.

If a repaired item needs another service call due to improper installation or repair by AHW within 90 days, the company won’t charge another service fee for a technician to come out again and find a way to solve the issue. 

Here’s how AHW Home Warranty holds up to competitors with their home warranty service fees.

ProviderService Fee
Choice Home Warranty$60 – $75
American Home Shield$75, $100, or $125
AHW Home Warranty$75
Select Home Warranty$75
1st American Home Warranty$75 – $100
America’s 1st Choice$75, $100, or $125

Source: Internal research/quotes process 

In addition, AHW Home Warranty offers a 30-day grace period once you purchase a home warranty plan with them, in which you can request a full refund if you’re not satisfied. If you choose to cancel your policy after the first 30 days, a cancellation fee of $30 applies.


AHW Home Warranty Limitations and Coverage Caps

A strike against AHW Home Warranty from the start is a lack of transparency in their contract regarding term coverage limits for appliances. However, the company provides the following specific coverage limits in their contract.

 Coverage Limits
AppliancesNot specified in contract
Electrical$500
Plumbing$500
Ductwork$500
Limited Roof Leaks$500

AHW Home Warranty: Our Verdict

AHW Home Warranty has a large network of licensed repair service providers. The company offers some unusual add-on options that may make their Combo Plan quite attractive to those with specific coverage needs but otherwise may be “fluff” that most homeowners don’t need in their home warranty plan.

The company offers your first month for free, but only if you pay your yearly home warranty premium upfront in one single payment. There are home warranty companies that offer the first month free, regardless of how you choose to pay your yearly premium, such as Choice Home Warranty.


Our Recommended Provider: American Home Shield

Although AHW is comparable to most home warranty plans in terms of coverage and costs, we believe that American Home Shield (AHS) is a better choice because of its comprehensive coverage, variety of plan options, and strong reputation.

AHS has proven to hold the top spot according to our research team due to a number of highly valuable perks as a home warranty provider:

  • Three plan options. Customers can choose between the ShieldSilver, ShieldGold and ShieldPlatinum plans, which provide increasing amounts of coverage.
  • Choose your service fee. Based on the monthly premium you select, you can adjust the amount you’ll pay at the time of service.
  • Fast service request response: AHS assigns professionals to a customer’s service request within the first 24 hours 98% of the time.
  • Strong reputation:
    • Founded the home warranty industry and is the oldest home warranty company
    • 2019 America’s Best Midsize Employers Award by Forbes
    • 2014–2015 Women’s Choice Award
    • 2014 Home Warranty Awards “Best in Service” Award

Choosing a home warranty company is a major decision because your peace of mind depends on it. As always, we recommend that you request quotes from multiple providers and read all the fine print.


Home Warranty Rating Methodology

To help you find the best home warranty, our reviews team researched numerous home warranty companies, analyzing their coverage plans, pricing and customer service, among other factors:

  • Coverage: Home warranty companies that provide extensive coverage and protect important systems and appliances, including your air conditioning, refrigerator and heating, scored higher than companies with minimal coverage.
  • Plan variety: A provider with more coverage plans allows for more flexibility among customers. In general, most home warranty companies provide an appliances-only plan, systems-only plan and combination plan.
  • Pricing: We scored providers based on their monthly plan prices and service call fees compared to the industry average pricing. Companies with more affordable coverage received more points than companies with more expensive plans.
  • State availability: Where you live will determine what companies are available in your area. Home warranty companies that covered more states received more points than companies with a limited state availability.
  • Trustworthiness: There are some home warranty companies that are scams and don’t follow through on their service agreements. We rated companies based on their years of experience, ratings on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and customer reviews.

To keep our data current, our team regularly updates the data points for each company to ensure their coverage offerings, pricing and availability are accurate.