I am just getting started in the business. I appreciate the info and think I will stay away from home warranty work
actually , home warranty is a great place for techs to get started, because no one cares if you screw up someone's system.
(just make sure you know what you are doing when it comes to compressors)
work there until you think your ready to find a real job.
home warranty companies charge a monthly or yearly fee,
then the AC company can blackmail customers into buying a PM service plan by showing them that their contract can be voided due to dirty coils, etc
the company i worked for charged 149.00 per year for one system.
(the tech gets less then half of that for doing ALL the work)
naturally , the home warranty company is in cahoots with the realters, so they try to get their contracts sold with every home purchase.
the home warranty collects their monthly/yearly fees,
the AC company collects their yearly fee , plus the deductable, and pays discounted prices for parts because of bulk orders
the only person pushed out of the money loop is the technician who is paid per job.
the technician finds himself burning the day by shopping for some parts ,working major jobs for low wages, and on-hold with the warranty company who demands all the irrelevant unit information,
...then , they argue about past jobs you know nothing about.
the techs can't fight home warranty and AC companies by starting their own businesses , because the homeowners are trapped into this system and have no choice but to pay $40, at the moment, to have their system fixed, instead of ignoring their past payments and pay an expensive price for real service.
when i quit my job , i had 3 compressor jobs lined up (2 on two story rooves), i had a fouth compressor added to my schedule because a tech quit, and i received a weekly paycheck for a 45 hour week, for the amount of $246.
if home warranty companies keep taking over, this will be the future of the residential service technician.