Arizona is a vast state, covering nearly 114,000 square miles, yet the majority of its population is clustered in just a few small areas. Phoenix is by far the largest city in the state. With a population over 1,615,000, it’s also the fifth largest city in the nation. Tucson, less than two hours away, is the second-largest city in the state with more than 531,000 residents. Mesa, Arizona, is the third-largest contender. Situated just 30 minutes outside Phoenix, the city has over 471,000 residents.
Throughout the rest of the state, cities are far smaller, all having less than 261,000 residents. Much of the landscape is sparsely populated with rural living conditions that are dramatically different from what you’ll find in major metropolitan areas.
Whether you’re in one of Arizona’s heavily populated clusters or you’re living well beyond the bounds of city life, this state offers some distinct challenges in the area of home maintenance. Its climate is hot and dry, which can play a big part in how appliances and other home systems wear. A home warranty is a wise purchase that can help protect you from the unique climate and conditions that you’ll face in Arizona.
Protect Your Arizona Home and Appliances
At lower elevations, Arizona’s climate is warm and dry throughout the year, with average highs in the upper 60s through the winter and well above 100 during the summer months. This extreme heat can make things difficult for your appliances. If you have a refrigerator or freezer in the garage or another part of the home that’s not air-conditioned, it will have to work much harder to keep cool. Though most refrigerators can work well at temperatures up to 95 degrees, they’ll struggle beyond this point. Arizona is one of the few places where a fridge may well face temperatures in the triple-digits for an extended period of time. Your air conditioner will need to work much harder to keep your home cool in extreme temperatures. While the spring and fall in Arizona will offer manageable conditions, sweltering summers can put serious strain on this appliance. A broken air conditioner will leave your family in an extremely uncomfortable situation, so it’s best to have a plan in place for fast repairs if something should go wrong. Another side effect of the Arizona climate is more laundry. Hot summer days filled with pool visits and sweaty sports will leave you running load after load. This will wear down any washer and dryer. If yours are in a hot, un-air-conditioned space, the strain will take an even bigger toll. In addition to the temperatures, Arizona residents may also find their appliances struggling with the dust. This dust can accumulate just about anywhere, both inside and outside the house. This means a layer of grime on your exterior air conditioner as well as more dirt working its way through each laundry cycle. Even indoor appliances like a refrigerator may end up with more dust particles collecting on the coils and other components, make it more difficult for these items to run efficiently.
Why is a Home Warranty Necessary in Arizona?
A home warranty helps protect you from the inconvenience of expensive repairs and replacements when something goes wrong in the home. A standard plan will cover critical systems like your home’s plumbing, electrical, water heater, and most kitchen appliances. This means you’ll have help on hand if the heat and dust overwhelms your ceiling fans, clogs exhaust fans, or makes a mess of the ductwork. A total plan is the best choice for Arizona residents because it adds many of the appliances that see the most wear here. This includes your refrigerator, air conditioner, and clothes washer and dryer. If any of these appliances stop functioning, your home warranty will kick in and you’ll pay only the service fee specified in your contract. A professional will then diagnose your problem and provide a repair or replacement. Most of these solutions are covered by your home warranty plan, so you don’t have to pay another dime.
What Does an Arizona Warranty Cover?
|Covered Items*||Total Plan||Basic Plan|
|Air Conditioning System|
|Oven / Range / Stove|
|Garage Door Opener|
|Ceiling and Exhaust Fans|
|Pool / Spa||Well Pump||Sump Pump|
|Central Vacuum||Limited Roof Leak||Septic System|
|Second Refrigerator||Stand Alone Freezer||Septic Tank Pumping|
Caring for Pools with a Home Warranty in Arizona
Backyard pools are a popular feature in Arizona. According to Realtor.com, there are six Phoenix-area cities among the nation’s list of the top 10 medium-to-large cities with the largest percentage of pools.¹ In Scottsdale alone, 62 percent of homes have backyard pools. A pool will provide your family with a welcome way to cool off from the hot Arizona weather, but it also adds a significant amount of maintenance to your schedule and budget. Fortunately, Choice Home Warranty offers optional add-ons that you can incorporate into your plan. Among these is coverage for your pool and spa. This will help ensure that your pool is always in top shape at a minimal expense to you.
How to Choose an Arizona Home Warranty
Home warranties are easily customizable so you can build a plan that best suits the individual needs of your home. Some things to consider as you’re choosing a plan include:
- Where your appliances are located – Those exposed to the elements in a garage will need more frequent repairs.
- What appliances you have – Do you have a second refrigerator or stand-alone freezer you want to include with add-on coverage?
- What your landscaping looks like – You can add coverage for your pool, spa, septic tank, well pump, and sump pump if you have these features.
With the right home warranty, you can rest assured that all your home’s most important systems are covered. You’ll have assistance with both repairs and replacements. Home warranties cover you from the effects of standard wear and tear, so those everyday needs that crop up from time to time won’t take such a hit on your wallet. Choose your Arizona home warranty now.
¹. Source: Realtor.com