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Dicks Heating and Air Conditioning - They ripped me off

The first problem with the furnace (first part of 2011) was the furnace sporadically not shutting off. We'd have to turn the gas valve off at the furnace, then wait for the cool down cycle to finish and turn the breaker off, wait ten seconds and turn it back on. I went on the Williams Furnace web site for troubleshooting, and found that it was probably either the thermostat or the gas valve that were defective. I called a number of HVAC repair facilities, and made an appointment for *** to come out 02/22/11 and diagnose the problem for $49.50, and if I had them do the work, the $49.50 would be applied to the repair cost. On 02/16, I bought a new thermostat at Ace Hardware ($13.00) and installed it. The gas valve was now sticking (repeated clicking) when the furnace would shut off. On 02/22, Edgar Garcia from *** Heating came over and diagnosed the problem as a defective gas valve. The cost of repair would be $540.38 ($478.50 if I signed up for a yearly service plan), and they could have the part in about three days. I agreed to have them do the work and signed up for the yearly service plan. I called them twice afterwards to find out the status of the parts order, and they were very uninformative other then to say it would be a little longer. On 03/04, on a hunch, I purchased a new thermostat at Lowe's for $40.00 and installed it. This solved the problem with the furnace, and I returned the other thermostat to Ace Hardware for a refund. On 03/08 I called *** and explained what I had done and the furnace was now working fine. I requested a refund due to the faulty diagnosis by their technician. Loretta informed me that the $49.50 covered Edgars wages and was non-refundable. I asked to speak with her supervisor and she told me "Beth" was with a customer and transferred me to her voicemail. I left a brief synopsis and requested a return call. I called twice more and was told Beth was in a meeting. On the third call, I reached Beth and she informed me in no uncertain terms that there would be no refund. She said that they couldn't take the word of "just a homeowner" that the furnace was fixed, I'd need to get a certified technician to verify it. I immediately invited one of her technicians to come over and verify the repair. She declined and told me I'd have to get another companies technician to verify it. I told her it didn't make sense for me to pay another companies service fee to get a refund from her, but she declined to explain her stance and rudely ended the phone call. Their invoice states "our service is guaranteed", yet I doubt that they would have refunded the $478.50 for a useless repair since they won't refund $49.50 for a useless diagnosis. On 03/11 I submitted a complaint to the Better Business Bureau. On 03/16, complaint received by BBB. E-mail received by me with miscellaneous reference numbers. On 03/26 I submitted a complaint with the FTC, reference #2983**** On 03/27 I filed a complaint with the Attorney General, no reference number given. On 03/29 the BBB received a reply from ***'s. It was all double talk with no realistic explanation for their poor performance and no offer of a refund.
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Bremerton, Washington