Also, the homeowner may have little or no say in the model or brand of a replacement component though the warranty contract should provide for a similar or equivalent quality replacement. Torine said he bought a warranty for his East Hanover condo in 2016 after a recommendation from a cousin. It included all appliances in the home no matter their age or origin but not every kind of repair was covered. The warranty had a $100 deductible and cost $769 a year. So when Torine's AC died on May 5, he said he wasn't too concerned. He called for service, but the customer service representative couldn't find a repair company in his area, Torine said.
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But subsequent calls to the warranty company for updates were troubling. Some representatives apologized, others promised he would get a call back in a day. Still others suggested he find his own repair service, and one even said there was no record of the parts order, he said. Throughout, no one reached out to Torine to give him an update, he said. By June 20, there was news. "They said the parts are in, but 'far away' and it costs $300 to deliver to my house," Torine said.