This post was created as part of a compensated campaign in collaboration with American Home Shield and PinkGuayoyo, all opinions expressed are my own.

Earlier this year we sold our house. There were mixed feelings – that was our first house and as such it held many memories. Memories of moving in as a young couple, memories of bringing our boy home, memories of getting our dog. There was also a sigh of relief on my part about not having to worry, at least for a while, about the AC not working, the washer making a weird noise, or that leak in the bathroom.

As I type this I remember the day I woke up to freezing cold shower. You know,the kind that sneaks up on you. You are taking your warm shower and boom…ice cold water takes over. I was not a happy camper.

To make things more interesting, Abraham was working in San Antonio and I was home alone with a small baby.

I called Abraham and with him on the phone walked out to the water heater closet to find the button that would magically reset it. Abraham told me there were two buttons and he wasn’t sure which one it was…but one of them would reset it. I was describing them as I pushed them down with a screwdriver. “Pero, ten cuidado” he said “¡Te puedes electrocutar!“. As he said it I felt a shock run through my hand. I let go that screwdriver and screamed. “I just got an electric shock!”

I was shocked (physically and emotionally). I had no idea where to get a reliable contractor and I had to shower at Nana’s house for three days until I found someone to fix replace that water heater.

Later that year the AC broke and then the washer and dryer started making weird noises…and the garbage disposal…and the… You get my point! Everyday appliances around the house break and it is always best to be prepared. A good option is a home protection plan. A what? I know! I just learned about them and wished I known about it then.

So, what is a home a protection plan?
A home protection plan is simple. It’s a one-year service contract that covers the repair or replacement of many of the home system components and appliances that typically break down over time.

And, why would I get one? (Besides not wanting to get an electric shock)
An American Home Shield Home Protection Plan can help you avoid the cost of repairs and replacements – but it also relieves you from the frustrations and uncertainties of finding a qualified service contractor.

Have you ever tried fixing an appliance yourself to have it backfire? Tell us your story!

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48 Responses to No More Trying to Fix Appliances by Yourself

  1. Meghan C says:

    So this might be totally lame, but the microwave broke in my apartment a year ago and it was TORTURE. Now, understand I was a college student and all I did was microwave things (I still don’t cook too well), so I basically ordered out for a week and a half.

  2. Shannon Baas says:

    The latch on the washing machine breaking. Talk about a pain.

  3. tricia dunkle says:

    When the washing machine started leaking. It ruined our floor

  4. xty cruz says:

    The worst broken appliance that we had was when the fridge was broken and the food almost got spoiled the eve of a party

  5. Amanda Roberts says:

    Our ice maker is broken. It’s not a terrible thing, but it’s really obnoxious!

  6. Jared R says:

    When our washer overflowed while we were gone and soaked everything in the kitchen and living room! It was not a good day!

  7. Jason Vaughn says:

    Having the microwave go out was a disaster.
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  8. Monique Rizzo says:

    I would have to say when our dishwasher broke and flooded our kitchen.
    Thanks for the chance.

  9. Billy S says:

    my dishwasher in college overflowed and flooded our kitchen

  10. Denise B. says:

    I have never had a bad experience with any appliances other than a break down here and there.

  11. Jacqueline W. says:

    The front larger burner on my electric stovetop broke and caught fire about 2 months ago while I was cooking pasta. It burned a hole through the large kettle of a pot I was using and all the water began to spill out the bottom. What a disaster!

  12. Deborah Wellenstein says:

    Our refrigerator broke, and we had no money for another. We borrowed an old refrigerator, and made do with that until we could get a new one!

  13. Jennifer Dunaway says:

    My toaster broke one day and caught on fire. Luckly no one was hurt.

  14. Rachel H. says:

    Our dryer broke earlier this year (heating coil seems to be broken) and we can’t afford to fix it, so been without a dryer since.

  15. maira lopez says:

    my dryer is not working godd and we have’nt enough money to fix it or buy a new one

  16. Tanya B says:

    Fixing the dryer

  17. cyndi br says:

    my toaster started to smoke and the plug caught on fire

  18. Susan Smith says:

    When our dishwasher broke and flooded our kitchen

  19. Shauntea Crutcher says:

    My worst experience was when my washer died and I had to wash clothes at the laundry-mat for a family of six.

  20. Laura F. says:

    It was a terrible experience when the refrigerator stopped working. In the dead heat of August.

  21. Lisa V. says:

    I guess it would be the coffee maker. While it wasn’t the machine itself, the pot had a pin hole and when I went to get a cup of coffee, the coffee was all over the counter top and floor.

  22. virgil poore says:

    the worst is when our fridge went out.had a lot of food spoil but some we actually buried in the snow and kept good for while longer.sucks to loose food and have to buy new one that ends up costing some cash.

  23. Robin says:

    Our appliance problem was when our dryer heating element stopped working.

  24. e michelle says:

    my dishwasher my husband put a new one in and didnt notice the voltage! so needless to say there was a small fire!

  25. kristy dobbs says:

    i had to turn my oven on with plyers

  26. Erica C. says:

    The dishwasher…when tons of water decided to leak out of it.

  27. sandra manning says:

    my washer broke 6 months after buying it =(

  28. kelly mcgrew says:

    my one burner on my stove gets soo hot even when its on “low”! i don’t understand it . but i didn’t know that and was making a panini and it burned right to the pan and the entire kitchen was a thick black smoke! i had made the same panini for weeks and it was fine.. low and behold the burner was going nuts! i really need a new stove …

  29. rebecca tardif says:

    This year at Thanksgiving dinner I was cooking and I went to check the turkey and My oven had died! I had to run into town and finish cooking my turkey at my moms house! that was awful

  30. wendy rozema says:

    when our dishwasher broke and tons of soap & water got onto our floor!

  31. s riches says:

    When the hot water heater broke was a very bad day.

  32. susan smoaks says:

    our oven broke on thanksgiving, we couldn’t get the dinner cooked, it was horrible. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

  33. Robby Rob says:

    a hanger fell into the brand new washer and broke the agitator

  34. The worst thing was when the washer broke down
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  35. Sky Evans says:

    My refrigerator broke earlier. I can’t fix it.

  36. Colin Glendon says:

    Mine would be with the microwave. I always had trouble with the door on my last one.

  37. rose paden says:

    The worst broken appliance we had was the washing machine! What a pain, especially when you have to wait FOREVER for someone to come fix it!

  38. mike hawkins says:

    fixing the washing machine water pump washer everywhere

  39. Allison says:

    Our laundry room is on the second floor and the washing machine started leaking everywhere and through the ceiling all the way to our hardwood floors!

  40. Rosey says:

    I tried to fix the dishwasher on my own once, it was such a disaster, nothing worked, and I kept at it until it was just a mess.
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  41. Christie Kammerer says:

    The dang toaster while toasting a cheese bagel

  42. Christina Marie says:

    Once I accidentally put a candle in my dishwasher and it melted, ruining the dishwasher motor. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Mary Gardner says:

    My worst was when the pump went out on my washing machine in the middle of doing a full load of clothes leaving me with a washer full of water.

  44. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

    My Hairdryer cord was frayed and I didn’t know it, I got shocked to say the least, same thing happened with a hand mixer I had…….. I screamed both times, scared me to death!

  45. Sherri G. says:

    I’ve had a handful of issues over the years. I actually have a smoke detector that I pulled down by accident that I’d love to have fixed. One of the heating elements went out in my oven last summer just two weeks ago. I just ended up replacing it, but I wonder now if it could have been repaired?

  46. The worst experience I’ve had with a broken appliance is when the dryer in our apartment broke and we had to lug laundry for five people back and forth to the laundromat until it was fixed.
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  47. DianeG says:

    Dishwasher malfunctioned and flooded the kitchen.

  48. toilet bowl started leaking

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