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This contractor provides plumbing, heating and air conditioning services.

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

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BBB file opened: February 04, 2009 Business started: 01/01/1955 in PA
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Pennsylvania Attorney General List of Registered Contractors
16th Floor, Strawberry Square, Harrisburg PA 17120
Phone Number: (888) 520-6680
Fax Number: 717-787-8242
The number is PA031443.

Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Ken McDonald, President Ms. Sherri Eury, Office Manager
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Ken McDonald, President
Business Category


Alternate Business Names
John D & George E McDonald Plumbing & Heating
Industry Tips
Home Improvements - Heating & Cooling Home Improvements - Plumbing Pennsylvania Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act

Additional Locations

  • 1019 Evans City Rd

    Renfrew, PA 16053 (724) 789-7197


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Complaint Detail(s)

3/5/2014 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: Long story short, our main sewer was backed up while we had a house full of guests. Some of the guests had pulled the basement toilet and tried snaking it out. After several hours to no avail, the tech from McDonald showed up. We already had the toilet pulled, so all he had to do was snake the main.It wasn't until the following day and $500 later that I realized the bill stated 2.5 hrs is what I was billed for. The tech hadn't arrived until 10:30 (the bill started at 10:00). He also originally only brought a small drum snake machine and had to leave to get "the big machine". Well I was billed for the at least 30 minutes he was gone for that.I've never heard of a company charging for travel time, or also for time because they didn't bring the correct equipment in the first place. Also, I was left to reset the toilet, so the guy didn't even have to do a complete job. I feel I was billed unfairly for an extra hour of labor.

Desired Settlement: Refund of 1 hour labor rate which was unfairly billed. I was only told the labor rate of $120/hr when I had called to inquire about the time discrepancy.

Business Response:

In response to complaint #*******, on Saturday, February 22, 2014, Mr. ****** contacted our on-call technician, *******, to snake his main sewer line. ******* explained to Mr. ****** that we charge over-time rates on the weekends to which Mr. ****** agreed to due to his situation.

We charge a trip charge to and from the customer’s home of $75.00 which includes a 15 minute diagnostic of the problem. This is standard and common in the residential service industry and our fee is well below what our competitors charge. Our technicians keep a small shake machine on their vehicles which is sufficient to snake a line, but the blockage at Mr. ******’s home was packed full, so ******* had to get our largest snake from our facility in order to clear his sewer line.

Mr. ****** needs to understand that we biil from the time the technician is in route to the job (which was 10:00 p.m.) until the time the job is complete, which in this case was 2.5 hours (10:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.).

Mr. ****** spoke to both secretaries on Monday, February 24, 2014 and it was explained to him that our fees to snake a sewer line is based on what size machine is used, how far out we snake the line, and includes set up and clean- up of the machine. Our normal fees to snake a line can range anywhere from $240.00 to $350.00 on regular business hours, and we normally cannot quote an exact fee due to the nature of the job.

We did not puil Mr. ******’s toilet, and therefore we are not responsible to reset it, however, upon Mr. ******’s request we would have reset the toilet but he would have incurred more costs for us to do so.

The charge to Mr. ****** were reviewed by myself, the owner, and I verify that his charges are accurate. Had he been able to wait until normal business hours, his charges would have been much less. While I understand his urgency in the matter, he agreed to pay the overtime rates and therefore was fairly charged by us. McDonald Plumbing and HVAC takes great pride in accommodating our customers, and we made every attempt to satisfy the customer in this complaint.

Consumer Response:

The tech was told the blockage was INSIDE the house, yet he insisted "shit runs down hill" and snaked the exterior main with the small drum snake. The blockage had already been diagnosed prior to his arrival. At no time, either on the phone, nor while the actual cleaning of the drain was occurring, were the labor rates disclosed. Had they been appropriately, I would NOT have consented to the service, and waited until a rental facility was open to perform the job myself. 

I personally believe the tech was inexperienced and initially made a poor judgement as to snake the exterior main, which had already been confirmed was running clear prior to his arrival. He should have attempted the small machine INSIDE, as had been asked of him, before deciding it was inadequate, resulting in an additional hour of "labor". By his own admission, he is an HVAC tech, so this company should more carefully schedule who is dispatched to the specific type of call. 

9/10/2013 Problems with Product/Service