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Phone: (210) 648-4535 Fax: (210) 648-4781 ---, San Antonio, TX 78222
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Complaint: I contacted FMO, Inc for an estimate to install appliances in my newly constructed home after finding them on the ************ website as certified installers. ************ will add an additional year to the warranty if installed by one of their certified installers. I spoke to **** for a quote, giving him the information on the number of appliances and specifics about each one. I was quoted, "$95/hour with a 2 hour minimum and an install time of, "5-1/2 to 6 hours." I made the appointment for the following Thursday and was told the installers would arrive between 9:30am and 10:00am. On the day of the appointment ****** and ***** showed up at 10:45am. I showed them the appliances, discussed any details they needed to know for the installation, and they went to work. In 3 hours they had already installed the built-in double oven, the flush inset full refrigerator, and the flush inset full freezer. They were moving onto a refrigerator drawer in my pantry when ****** told me he could not install that item because I was missing some hardware. He said he could install it without the specific hardware but it wasn't a good idea. We agreed that appliance would not be installed and he moved onto the built-in microwave. At this point I let them, and my tile contractor that had been working in the house for a few weeks, know I was leaving for a meeting with the cabinet maker 5 minutes down the road. While at the cabinet shop I received a call from ****. It was around 3:30pm. He told me ****** called him to come help him and they should be done in about an hour. I returned to the house at 4:00pm and ****** told me he was unable to install the microwave because the glass was broken, although he did install part of the trim kit, and **** and ***** were finishing with an under cabinet refrigerator. ****** moved onto the vent hood, which appeared to be the last appliance to install and ****'s 1 hour prediction was almost up. ****** and ***** worked on the vent while **** stood by and watched and chatted with them. Once the hood was in and they were sealing the ductwork seams with tape I asked my husband, who had shown up to install trim in the house, to finish up with them so I could go home. At this point ****** and ***** had been there over 6 hours. I called my husband at 9:00pm to find out what time he would be coming home and that's when he told me the installers had just left and he questioned me about the amount he had to pay. What was quoted at $95/hr turned into $142.50/hour for 6 hours and $95/hour for 7 hours totaling $1,520. We were charged an additional $47.50/hr for **** being there to "help" but I was never told there was an extra fee nor was I given the opportunity to approve or decline an additional installer. We were also charged for their travel time, which I was not informed about during my phone call with **** for pricing or at any other time. My husband asked ****** about the additional charges that increased the bill from $973.75 for 10 hours of work to $1,520.00 for 13 hours of work. ****** told him it was for their travel time and the additional installer (****) and that he had discussed it with me, which was not true. Taking ****** at his word that I was aware of the additional charges, my husband wrote the check. I then found out that ****** installed the refrigerator drawer in the pantry, which he knew was not to be installed. I don't know how he installed it since I did not have the correct hardware and he never came to me with an alternative installation option. Unfortunately, before I left I didn't see the need to mention to my husband that we weren't installing that appliance since ****** knew it was off the list to install. I was not happy to hear it was installed knowing ****** didn't have the proper installation brackets so I checked it first thing the following day to find that ****** had cut into the face frame of my cabinets, ruining them. I know this particular appliance requires two duct vents in the bottom front of the cabinet but they are supposed to be behind the face frame and the refrigerator drawer was to be a flush inset installation, which it was not. I called ****, his number was the only one I had, to ask about the additional charges that he had not notified me of and to ask why the drawer was installed and my cabinet was ruined. He told me ****** had called him and asked him to bring a part so he could install the drawer. As for the travel charges, he said his boss said they have to charge travel time because he has to pay them while they are traveling, but sometimes he forgets to mention it and many customers are not happy about the charge. *** said I would need to call ****** to ask why he did what he did with the refrigerator drawer and to call his boss, Mr. **** to tell him I wasn't happy with the charges. I began trying to reach Mr. **** right away. I finally reached him the following Monday. I explained to him that I had been charged for an additional installer when I did not approve an additional installer. I also told him that ****** and I agreed not to install my drawer fridge and he installed it anyway and ruined my cabinet. I let him know I had not been told of the travel charges and the travel time I was being charged was exorbitant. He said maybe there was an accident and that's what took them so long to get to my place. I said maybe his installers stopped for breakfast or to fill up at the gas station and that's why they were late. I didn't care that they were late until I found out my payment clock started at 9:00am. If I knew this detail ahead of time I would have been calling to find out why they were late. And if I had been told during my phone call with **** that I would be responsible to pay $95/hr for travel time I would have insisted on a set time allowed using Google maps and not left it up in the air for speculation when it took them an additional 45 minutes. Mr. **** was not at all sympathetic to the issues I had. He made excuses and told me I didn't have to approve an additional installer, they will do that sometimes to save on time, which would lower the charges to the customer. But no time was saved and the additional installer was no value added for me and it appears that Mr. **** and his installers are the only ones benefitting from their decision to send and charge for an additional installer. He said he would talk to ****** and **** and call me back. He didn't call me back so the next day I began calling him. I left a message, which he did not respond to. I finally called at a time he answered and we spoke again. He said he talked to ****** and **** and there was a lot of modifications, which there was nothing out of the ordinary except for him cutting my cabinet front. I told him **** had no active install role and added no value to the work except to bring a part so ****** could install an appliance we had agreed not to install. Besides not knowing I was going to be charged for **** in addition to our agreed upon quote, he was not doing anything to warrant additional charges. Mr. **** began laughing until I told him it was not funny. Because of the estimate given to me by **** I was under the impression my install charges would be around $600. Two of the appliances were taken out of the equation, the fridge drawer and the microwave that was broken, therefore cutting the time needed for install down. On top of that, the following day my tile contractor told me as soon as I left for my meeting ****** went outside for a smoke break and to make a phone call. I don't have a problem with workers taking a break but I shouldn't be responsible for paying them $95/hr to have a cigarette and make a phone call. I explained all this to Mr. **** and he said he talk to **** and ****** again and call me back. I have not heard from him since. My receipt shows the install of the following appliances: Dishwasher, Double Oven, Microwave(damaged), Trim Kit, Gas Cooktop, Warming Drawer, Refrigerator, Freezer, Vent Hood, Beverage Cooler x3, and the Fisher Paykel Fridge drawer. In reality, the dishwasher was already installed and secured to the cabinetry and FMO, Inc installers didn't touch it; the microwave was not installed because the glass was broken and the trim kit was only half installed; one beverage cooler was not installed properly and sticks out beyond the cabinet and is crooked, with the right side protruding farther than the left and needs to be re-installed correctly; the other two beverage coolers were not level, therefore needing more adjustments before the cabinet maker could install the door fronts; and I have already mentioned the Fisher Paykel refrigerator drawer that was not supposed to be installed and the cabinet was ruined in the installation process. My total bill was $1,723.34, which included the following: $60 for Materials, $12 for 20% OH&P (which was also left out of the quote) $1,520 Labor, and $131.34 for tax. Tax was also charged on the 20% OH&P, which seems like a tax in itself. I'm requesting a refund for the unauthorized charges that were added on without my knowledge or approval and for the repair of the cabinet that was damaged by cutting the face frame when installing an appliance that should not have been installed. The following is the breakdown of fair and reasonable charges for the work that was done and the refund amount I am requesting from Mr. **** at FMO, Inc.: $950 for Labor @ $95/hr for 10 hours $72 for Material and 20% OH&P $84.32 Tax Less $285 to repair/replace cabinet TOTAL: $821.32 Deducted from $1,723.34 equals a REFUND AMOUNT: $902.02
Desired Settlement: Refund of the unauthorized charges plus the cost to repair the cabinet that was damaged.
BBB Complaint ID : ******** **********
Rebuttal to the Complaint :
FMO, Inc. has been the top appliance installer in ***** ***** for many years. We probably average about 1,000 installations a year of various magnitude. We are the warranty re-installer for ******** **** ********** for ***** *****.
Once every 2-3 years we run across a situation like this one. A residential customer, trying to be a General Contractor, who has no real concept of construction gets upset, primarily because they do not listen, or just hear what they want to hear, what is convenient for themselves.
In the end, they got what they wanted, they just don’t want to have to pay for it. There was no quote – just a rough estimate over the phone based on what we were told. Needless to say, lots of time when we arrive, things are much different than we are told, so we just have to do what we need to do to get the job done. WE could have been told to quit at any time.
What Ms. **** refrained from saying anything about was that we were called in too early, and had to wait for the cabinet installers to complete before we could do our work. Also, she said nothing about the fact that this was supposed to be a flush inset design, but the cabinets did not allow enough room for that to occur properly, so we could not “flush” set the equipment. We also had to build all the trim pieces to mount the fridge as the cabinet guys could not do it. Also, if Ms. **** had the refrigerated drawer re-done, chances are it is now improperly installed and is a safety risk. We had installed it to factory specs, vented properly.
There is no dispute to resolve. We will not take any action regarding this claim, as we deem it unjustifiable.