• Report: #214719

Complaint Review: American Home Maintenance

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  • Submitted: Sat, October 07, 2006
  • Updated: Sun, November 25, 2012

  • Reported By:Phoenix Arizona
American Home Maintenance
2922 S. Roosevelt St Tempe, Arizona U.S.A.

American Home Maintenance Beware of American Home Maintenance Tempe Arizona

*Consumer Comment: Doesn't make sense

*Consumer Comment: do it yourself

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I allowed American Home Maintenance to come to my residence and perform an inspection of my air conditioning system. The technicians emerged from the attic and told me that my secondary condensate (safety) pan was rusted out and would require replacement. The estimate of the repair was around $500 for the pan itself and an unspecified additional amount for the labor to install it. They charged me $80 for the inspection.

Wary of this information, I contacted another reputable a/c company in Phoenix for a second opinion. Not to my surprise, fixing the rusted pan would not have solved the problem as the true cause was a clogged primary drain. If I had paid American Home Maintenance to replace the pan, they would have only fixed the symptom and not the cause.

In addition, I found a supplier on the internet who sells the condensate pans online for $180 + shipping. These pans do not cost anywhere near $500 and are easy for the average homeowner to replace themselves. I don't mind paying a reasonable markup for parts but when I can get one for $180 retail there is no excuse to charge a customer $500 for the same part.

Beware of American Home Maintenance business practices and you won't get burned for $80 inspection and faulty diagnosis.

Brent
Phoenix, Arizona
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/07/2006 08:56 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/American-Home-Maintenance/Tempe-Arizona-85282/American-Home-Maintenance-Beware-of-American-Home-Maintenance-Tempe-Arizona-214719. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

Doesn't make sense

AUTHOR: hac - (USA)

If the part was approximately $200 bucks and someone is getting paid to climb in your attic, look around for what you didn't want to find, then come back and repair te issue... I don't see how that price of $500 seems so unfair.
Plus, couldn't you negotiate a little?
Unfortunately I don't buy the clogged item as a cause. Seems to me that the pan wouldn't collect the water and rust out if it were clogged.
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#2 Consumer Comment

do it yourself

AUTHOR: Patrick - (U.S.A.)

i am a consumer and a business owner. when i call a technician to my house it is usuallly because i cant diagnose the problem myself. you can not pay someone to when they tell you what your problem is then you become the expert. BS
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