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Tarter Brothers Mechanical, Inc.

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Phone: (217) 735-4117Fax: (217) 732-8490602 Broadway St, LincolnIL 62656-2722http://www.tarterbrothers.comView Additional Web Addresses

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Factors that raised Tarter Brothers Mechanical, Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 2 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

2 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service2
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 2

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

2 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Tarter Brothers Mechanical, Inc.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 1
Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 2 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (2)
08/11/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

failure to completely fix well pressure problem
I called Frontier phone service to get the exact dates I called but the phone number is not listed on my bill. I called Tarter Bros. answering service and asked them what the phone number switched to and he would not tell me that number.My dates are approximate on the phone calls to Tarter Bros. On about May 1st I called the Lincoln, Il phone number for Tarter Bros. They initially put my well in about 7 years ago. I talked w/the answering service (a real person)and left a msg. About a week later, after no phone call, I spoke with the answering service again and left another msg. About a week or two after that I called a THIRD time and asked why nobody was returning my call. I finally got a call back and 2 guys came out on 6-3-14. They were here 1 1/2 hrs and charged $150 labor and $105 for a constant pressure switch. Less than a month later, my hot water pressure would go way down when the air conditioning turned on-I have a geothermal system. I called them and the female in lincoln who answered the phone during business hours told me the guys refused to service me. I asked to call him direct. She would not give me his number. I asked how to get a hold of him and she said they are refusing service because they cannot make me happy. I told her this is the first time I have called since they were here and they didn't fix the problem! Within 30 days no less. She said she didn't want to be put in the middle but wouldn't give me the guy's name who worked on my well.

Desired Settlement
I would like a refund of the labor or come fix the problem.

Business Response
over the years we have been put in the middle of geo people and him. He never seams happy and complains. Over 5 employees have been sent over the years and do not want to go back. I asked him to have geo contractor deal with issues. The last 2 were sub contracted from a Pekin well co, as I cannot get my employees to go. I do not know what else I can do. By not returning a service call doesnt seam to work so I am willing to return 50% of labor charges to erase the complaint.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she ACCEPTED the response from the business.)
If I had to call them back so many times, maybe it was the quality or lack thereof, of the labor. My geo people told me to call them to fix things since they installed it. I now remember one time the line had to be replaced because it was split, how is that my fault? When they spell the word 'seems' wrong twice, I question the knowledge of their work. I will accept their offer to find someone to fix this problem once and for all.

02/14/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

Employee was rude on phone when asked if the well pump was rebuilt or new. Demanded the bill is $2000 and pay that day and job wasn`t finished yet.
Called business on a Saturday evening when we discovered we had no water. Man came out and said only way to find out was to pull well pump up. My fiance` helped pull the pump up. Man said it was bad and had to locate a pump and would be out next day. Came back out next day with extra man and replaced pump with another that my fiance` said looked rebuilt because it had rust oon it like was down in a well before. Also said our pressure tank was bad. Said they would come back Wed or Thurs. No phone call so I called on Friday talked to employee and he sounded frustrated when i talked and got very upset when I asked if pump was rebuilt. He said what are you accusing me of. I asked a legitimate question was all. He automatically said the bill was $2000 and had to be paid today. I asked secretary if i could pay half and the rest in 3 months same as cash because i had them put a pump in Dec. 2001. She said No because of the economy. I had to use a credit card on the spot to pay bill in full and they hadn`t been out yet to finish job. I called the next day for a better itemized bill and recieved one the next day to have a balance due of $75 because the employee charged the wrong overtime rate. I feel like i was raked over the coals so to speak because they already new what the total bill was before they came out to finish the job. I understand they had a lot of heat calls by the secretary but that is no reason to take frustration out on another customer. I feel they should have taken in to consideration that my fiance` helped pull the well pump up the night that they sent out one man and the next day provided them with a ladder and air compressor in the Snow storm too. I understand they would charge an overtime rate but $125 to $150 per hour. Also recieved another page with bill for an estimate on part of the job they did that was only a temporary fix. Never asked for a bid and wasn`t told they did a temporary fix to stop ground water infiltration into well . I am not a plumber but this information should have been told to me while i was watching them do the job. I don`t feel as though I should pay another $75 when they demanded job be paid that day on phone before they had even come out to finish putting pressure tank, switch ,etc in. I have a job that requires me to be out in the elements of the weather, So i do understand their job is frustrating at times; but I feel that the bill was very high and No option for payment.

Desired Settlement
I feel an apology and bill of a 0 balance should be acknowledged. A customer should be allowed to ask whether a part was rebuilt or new without the employee automatically saying the customer was accusing. I feel that the employee admitted guilt by getting upset when the question was asked. I feel the bill was enlarged in overtime rates because the question of rebuilt was asked and I also asked for the ground water liscence Number. Never received the ground water liscence on my printed bill. They should also give a payment option of half up front and the rest over 3 to 6 months. I feel during this economy that is a reasonable request. It`s hard for someone to pay $2000.00 on the spot, Especially during this time of the economy. I don`t feel i was treated fairly.

Business Response
Most info is correct. She had called on Saturday saying they had no water. Tech went on Saturday and determined a new pump was needed. We had to go get a new pump which we got on Sunday. I was out with tech on Sunday a.m. they called more than once as to where we were. Sunday was the start of blizzard. We put pump together at shop as temps were too cold and with wind problems getting torch to stay lit outside we put heat shrink wire together, cut wire off 1000 ft roll all in shop had to stop to return her call this took longer. People were urged to stay home but we still went to get them water. Two people are needed for safety and speed. We are out in field no wind brake putting pump in well The pump was new, she was given the manufacture date showing the pump was new. The fiancé stated they had been having a problem with the pump for some time. We made a temporary repair at that time and told her we would be back. We were inundated with emergency calls and couldn't get right back out there. She had water, others had broken/frozen pipes. We didn't know we would need an air pump and ladder and did not load same in the truck. They had an air pump and ladder for us to use so we didn't have to go back to town. Because we were pressured by other calls and again she had water, we told her we would be back to finish as soon as we could. She asked for a verbal bid which we gave her, but the actual time and materials were more than quoted. She was told that it was payment on completion. She wanted to put on credit card and we informed her we would have to have that before we came out as we can't do credit cards in the field only in the office. Then she wanted to do payments, half down and rest monthly payments for three months. We told her we cannot operate that way.

Final Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
My bill was paid in full by credit card, then why did I receive a bill in the mail February 6 for a balance of $75. I don't think it's good business when your demanded to pay bill in full and days later receive a bill for $75 more because they didn't charge the correct overtime rate. I don't feel i should have to pay this bill.
This current response by Tarter Bros was my bill was paid in full. I would appreciate a $0 balance statement. Like I said my bill was paid in full.

Final Business Response
New pump installed; unable to rebuild 3" pumps must be new. Bill paid in full by credit card.

Thank you!

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Tarter Brothers Mechanical, Inc

Industry Comparison| Chart

Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Furnace Cleaning, Furnace Sales & Service, Water Well Drilling Equipment & Supplies, Furnaces - Industrial, Air conditioning & Heating Contractors - Residential, Water Well Drilling & Service, Plumbing - Renovation & Repair, Electricians, Plumbing - Contractor, Contractor - Electrical, Heating Contractors, Plumbers, Mechanical Contractors, Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 03/05/2010Business started: 08/01/1979
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Il Department of Public Health
535 W Jefferson St
Springfield, IL 62761-0002
(217) 782-4977

Type of Entity


Incorporated: April 2004, IL

Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Gregory T Tarter (Vice President)Ms. Judy Caldwell (Bookkeeper)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Geothermal Heating & Cooling, Furnace Cleaning, Furnace Sales & Service, Water Well Drilling Equipment & Supplies, Furnaces - Industrial, Air conditioning & Heating Contractors - Residential, Water Well Drilling & Service, Plumbing - Renovation & Repair, Electricians, Plumbing - Contractor, Contractor - Electrical, Heating Contractors, Plumbers, Mechanical Contractors, Air Conditioning Contractors & Systems

Service Area

Mascon, Logan, southern Tazewell Counties

Alternate Business Names
Tarter Brothers, Inc.

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Address for Tarter Brothers Mechanical, Inc.

602 Broadway St

Lincoln, IL 62656-2722

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4 Locations

  • 600 W 3rd St 

    Delavan, IL 61734-9612(309) 244-8000

  • PO Box 781 

    Delavan, IL 61734-0781

  • 602 Broadway St 

    Lincoln, IL 62656-2722(217) 735-4117
    Fax: (217) 732-8490

  • 16415 County Road 2600 E 

    Topeka, IL 61567-9486(309) 543-4060
    Fax: (309) 543-6957
    Fax: (309) 562-7348

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