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American Electric Company, LLC

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Phone: (808) 848-0751 Fax: (808) 842-7980 PO Box 893550, Mililani, HI 96789 View Additional Email Addresses View Additional Web Addresses

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This company offers electrical contracting services.

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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

3 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 1
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 2
Total Closed Complaints 3

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0 Customer Reviews on American Electric Company, LLC
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 0
Total Customer Reviews 0

Additional Information

BBB file opened: December 09, 1980 Business started: 11/01/1946 Business started locally: 11/01/1946 Business incorporated: 04/16/2003 in HI
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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

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State of Hawaii Department of Taxation
PO Box 1425, Honolulu HI 96806
Phone Number: (808) 587-4242
The license number is W20010860-01.

State of Hawaii Department of Taxation
PO Box 1425, Honolulu HI 96806
Phone Number: (808) 587-4242
The license number is W20269880-01.

DCCA Consumer Resource Center
235 S. Beretania Street, 8th & 9th Floors, Honolulu HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 587-4272
The license number is C24422.

DCCA Consumer Resource Center
235 S. Beretania Street, 8th & 9th Floors, Honolulu HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 587-4272
The license number is C20956.

DCCA Consumer Resource Center
235 S. Beretania Street, 8th & 9th Floors, Honolulu HI 96813
Phone Number: (808) 587-4272
The license number is EJ3519.

Type of Entity

Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Business Management
Mr. Robert Sumpf, General Manager Mr. Bob Dewitz, Owner Mr. Ray Hose', President Mr. Tom Vincent, CEO
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Robert Sumpf, General Manager
Business Category

Electricians Pole Line Contractors Controls, Control Sys & Regulators Solar Energy System Design & Installation

Alternate Business Names
HSI Electric Inc.

Additional Locations

  • 3061 Aukele Street, Ste 201

    Lihue, HI 96766 (808) 245-3727

  • 360 East Uahi Way

    Wailuku, HI 96793 (808) 986-0818

  • 73-4097B Hulikoa Drive, Bay 4 & 5

    Kailua Kona, HI 96740 (808) 334-1238

  • PO Box 893550

    Mililani, HI 96789


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Complaint Detail(s)

9/15/2014 Problems with Product/Service
2/12/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: We were promised to Zero out our electric bill, but we are still paying up to $300.00 in electric When the salesman from American Electric came to our house we were asked if we wanted to cut our electric in half or zero out our bill, we chose to zero out our bill and that's what was promised to us that our bill would be under $50.00 a month, but since having this PV system installed we have paid from $200.00 - $300.00 a month. Prior to having the PV installed we paid on the high side $500.00 a month. I was told that the reason for this is because we have increased our usage but we have cut back by removing key appliances and other things in my house that was there prior to installation. I have called American Electric several times and each time I am yold by them that it is my fault. Another problem that I am having is that since the installation, every time it rains my master switch box kicks the switch I have notified AE of this problem but they say that the switch is not connected to the PV. The Pv is hooked up to that switch box. I have asked both *** *** & AE to have someone come and check this system to see if there is something wrong but they keep saying it's my fault. I have never had electrical issues before this system installation. I was promised a bill under $50.00 or if I didn't have enough panels they would install more free. I was mislead many times by this salesman, every time I asked him if he was sure that I had enough panels he said" yes don't worry". I have had to change my life style for this system and the company doesn't want to even come to check to see if anything is actually wrong. I am not complaining about the PV productivity I can see that it works but I am complaining about why I have to pay so much electric and what is causing my switches to kick, something in this system is draining in electric. I have had an electrican come out to check my home to see if anything was wrong in the home and he could not find anything but he would not touch the PV hook ups due to the warranty. My panel box gets so hot that we can not touch it and thus all started happen after the PV installation.

Desired Settlement: I would like them to solve this problem. want what was promise to us a lower bill or I want this system removed from my home. I am so frustrated I feel like turning off the switch on the PV system and see how much electric I would pay without it. It makes no sense to pay so much money for the system if I have to pay the same amount for electric that I payed before.

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 5, 2012/12/14) */ American Electric sent an electrician many times to the ********* household to see if there was anything wrong. There was nothing wrong with any of the PV or electrical work. American Electric also checked the production of the PV system(which reports online and is viewable for the customer) and it is producing within 5% of what was estimated. American Electric does not guarantee production or "promise" free panels. ****** does guarantee a level of production from the PV system. Mr. ********* in fact does not have a contract with American Electric he has one with ******. AE installs systems for ******. However, we have tried to resolve their issues to the best of our abilities. Since we have not been able to communicate effectively to resolve the issues with Mrs.********* we have since turned the matter over to ******. We will now be following ******'s direction as they hold the contract with the customer. Consumer's Final Response /* (3000, 13, 2013/01/16) */ (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.) I have been contacted by Mr ***** on January 09,2013 about sending someone out here to check my house but since that date no one has contacted me. today I sent Mr. ***** an email inquiring about this and I am waiting to hear from him. On Monday Jan. 14th when it rained, my breaker panel kicked the switches that caused a major power outage to my whole house, this has never happened before the installation of the panels. I would like to keep this case open until I am contacted by Mr. *****. Business' Final Response /* (1000, 17, 2013/01/29) */ Contact Name and Title: ********* ***** Contact Phone: ************ Contact Email: *************************** On January 18 customer complained of lights being out. American electric immediately sent an electrician who found a faulty circuit breaker and replaced at no charge(A $300 time and material value). This had nothing to do with the PV system American Electric installed. It was due to an arc caused by a gecko that had made it's way into the box. American ELectric then sent an electrician on January 28th to do a whole home inspection($1500 value) at no charge. The report was sent by email on January 29th detailing all the electrical issues. None of these issues have anything to do with the PV system. We feel we have gone above and beyond with the *********'s. If they have any other questions we would be happy to address them.

BBB's Final Determination: Business offered a resolution. Consumer did not pursue further with BBB and the matter was assumed to be resolved

6/25/2012 Problems with Product/Service