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|4/13/2016||Problems with Product/Service|
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Complaint: This complaint is about a charge that has been posted by Vito Services for water heater repair work that was cancelled and not performed.
Desired Settlement: I am requesting the REFUND of the charges posted to my credit card and a NEW invoice with FAIR and ACCURATE charges for Problem Diagnosis and Plumber Visit.
Business Response: Thank you for notifying us regarding *** *****'s complaint.
We are quite familiar with this job and have have many conversations (calls and emails) with *** *****. Below is the last email received from *** ***** on Wednesdday.
*** ***** is requesting that we credit him back the difference of $246.50 and $48 dollars for our diagnosis fee plus "additional fuel l surcharges related to that visit." Not an issue, however, our costs for this job are $243.55. The Technician while there charged and collected $246.50. Not sure why we would credit *** ***** based on what transpired. We paid our technician for 2.5 hours AND our office staff made numerous calls to *** *****, Managers and Manufacturer in order to satisfy *** *****'s request.
On July 30, 2015 *** ***** called stating that he smelled gas from a water heater we installed and would like someone to come out and take a look. We sent a Technician same day. Technician did not smell gas but using detector discovered there was a very small trace of gas. Technician spoke to Customer, Dispatcher and Manager and it was determined that as a precaution we should call the manufacturer and request (under warranty) a new gas valve. Technician then explained to Customer and collected 50% of the flat rate price which was $246.50. The other 50% was going to be collected when completed. The part was covered by the Manufacture and this was for the labor to install.
*** ***** was insistent that we schedule the job prior to him heading out of town. In fact, there were numerous emails and calls to our dispatcher (****** D*****) about this. After we confirmed schedule, *** ***** called ****** and informed her that he was cancelling because he was going to call ********** *** to come out and take look. Ironically, we had suggested that he call ********** *** before we ordered the part. ********** *** came out and determined everything was fine and the part was not needed, which was ordered and delivered to his house. *** ***** then emailed us demanding a refund.
*** ***** is claiming our technician was only there for 3 minutes, which is simply not true. All of our vehicles have GPS and that vehicle per the records shows the vehicle was there on 07-30-15 from 8:39 am to 10:19am. This does not include the travel to the home nor the time spent making calls and coordinating. *** ***** called us for what initially seemed like a potential gas leak. We immediately responded and did everything possible to resolve only to find out that there was really no issue. Had it been determined that the leak was a direct result of our work we would without hesitation take care of it at no charge. Given what actually occurred and the fact that James Vito, Inc. incurred costs of $243.55 in an effort to assist *** *****, we are finding it difficult to simply process a credit.
If there is anything further you need please feel free to contact me directly at ###-###-####.
From: ****** ** *** [mailto:*****.*****@*******.com]
Dear Mr. V***:
Like a good customer, I gave you the time to post the credit. You have not posted the credit. I would request you to please post the credit for $246.50 immediately for the charge you have posted for the work that was not performed. Again, to recap, this was the 50% advance you have taken toward the installation of the replacement part. As your colleague, Ms. D***** will tell you, I sent an e-mail the very same day, after your plumber finished his diagnosis job, and cancelled the appointment for the installation job.
Also, as I have stated to you many times, I am prepared to pay the charges toward the work performed, i.e., the PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS CHARGE, which is $48.00. I have also VOLUNATARILY agreed to pay the additional fuel surcharge related to that visit or the regular service charge for sending a plumber. Please note that there was no work performed inside the house. As I have stated in my e-mail below, your plumber was inside the house for less than 3 minutes. You know very well just for holding the gas leak detector and walking around the water heater for 3 minutes, the labor cost is not this high. Your plumber just sat in his truck and was talking in Spanish to someone for more than 30 minutes when I had to go out and ask him what he was doing. He spent 45 minutes talking to someone other than the parts people at ***** and another 15 minutes ordering the part. I have been able to reach Rheem’s parts people within 5 minutes every time I have called them. I know in the past you have quoted a flat service charge for sending the plumber and another charge for the work performed. I am prepared to pay the service charge for sending the plumber PLUS the diagnosis charge (for the work performed). However, the appropriate charges should be FAIR and ACCURATE. I know for sure and you know well that the flat service charge for sending out a plumber to check out the problem is NOT $198.50. So, please send me a NEW invoice with the FAIR and ACCURATE charges. I will review the new charges and authorize it and then you can charge it to my credit card. I would first like to receive the new invoice via e-mail with the new charges for the work performed. I am referring to the $48.00 charge plus the visit surcharge. But, please first post the credit for $246.50 immediately. I do NOT want to mix up the two transactions. The $246.50 was clearly stated to me as the 50% advance for the installation of the replacement part and this job was cancelled and not performed. So, please post the credit for $246.50 immediately. Thanks for your help.
[To assist us in bringing this matter to a close, you must give us a reason why you are rejecting the response. If no reason is received your complaint will be closed Administratively Resolved]
This complaint is about a charge that has been posted by Vito Services for water heater repair work that was cancelled and not performed. I had clearly informed Ms. D***** at Vito Services, who schedules appointments, not to charge the advance amount she had asked for scheduling the replacement part installation job. She had told me while making the appointment for the installation of the replacement part that the total charge for installing the replacement part would be $493.00 and she would have to take 50% in advance also to cover the part charges, which is the disputed amount. First, there was no part charge. It was a warranty part and Vito Services was never being charged for it by Rheem, the water heater manufacturer. While asking for the advance, Ms. D***** had also told me that they would not get paid by ***** for the replacement part until they send back the defective part and they have to pay ***** to procure the new part. I was clearly misled by Ms. D*****. ***** clearly informed me that there was no part charge. It was a warranty part and they were never being charged for it. In fact, ***** sent the part directly to me because the water heater is under warranty and registered under my name. In fact, ***** sent the part directly to me. I cancelled the appointment for installing the part immediately, and I had indicated to Ms. D*****, I wanted to get a second opinion from ********** ***. I was informed by the ********** *** technician that there was no "leak" as stated by the Vito plumber and there was no need to replace the part. There is NO labor charge here and there is NO part charge here. Mr. Vito’s plumber may have ordered the part. But, Vito Services was NOT charged for the part. The water heater is under warranty and the part was sent to me directly.
As I have stated to Mr. Vito many times, I am prepared to pay the charges toward the work performed, i.e., the PROBLEM DIAGNOSIS CHARGE, which is $48.00. I have also VOLUNATARILY agreed to pay the additional fuel surcharge related to that visit or the regular service charge for sending a plumber. Please note that there was no work performed inside the house. As I have stated in my e-mail messages, Mr. Vito’s plumber was inside the house for less than 3 minutes. He knows very well just for holding the gas leak detector and walking around the water heater for 3 minutes, the labor cost is not this high. The plumber just sat in his truck and was talking in Spanish to someone for more than 30 minutes when I had to go out and ask him what he was doing. He spent 45 minutes talking to someone other than the parts people at ***** and another 15 minutes ordering the part. I have been able to reach Rheem’s parts people within 5 minutes every time I have called them. I cannot pay the hourly rate for the plumber to sit in his truck. He may have stuck around near the house for 2 hours. But, that does not mean he was doing the work on the water heater for two hours inside the house.
The disputed amount, which is $246.50, is not the service charge or the labor charge for the plumber’s visit to diagnose the problem. That’s a $48.00 charge, which I have agreed to pay. That's a separate charge and Vito Services refuses to send me a new INVOICE for that diagnosis job. Vito refuses to refund the money. Mr. Vito needs to understand that there is something called HONESTY, INTEGRITY, and ETHICS in business.
I need some help to get the money back, since James Vito refuses to do so and he is not responding to my e-mail messages. Mr. Vito needs to refund the $246.50 taken as 50% advance for installing the replacement part (that was not needed) and issue a NEW invoice with FAIR and ACCURATE charges for the diagnosis charge and the plumber visit charge. To be very honest, Mr. Vito’s plumber misled me by saying that the Gas Valve Control Unit is leaking gas. That was not accurate.
Just to give you a backgrounder, the new water heater was installed by Vito Services in March 2014. The electronic ignition, gas valve control unit, which is at the bottom of the water heater, has some trace leakage, which is also sporadic. I got it checked out by two different expert technicians from Wash Gas and another company that focusses on water heaters, just to get a second opinion. They clearly advised me not to do anything, since this sporadic, trace leakage, is quite common and I’d be doing more harm in getting the original, factory-assembled part, pulled out and replaced. They just asked me to observe the situation and if it worsens, then get the part replaced. I called Vito Services to check it out because I thought there may be a problem with the plumbing they had done and that was clearly not the case.
Thanks for your time.
(Ref: ID: ******** – ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION - DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT COMPLAINT)
From: *****, ** *** <*****.*****@*******.com>
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Complaint: James Vito, Inc. replaced broken underground water main which required excavating the front yard; Cost $7,828. Upon water main repair, Vito backfilled the excavated area. Prior to backfilling, they did not tamper and even out the ground, did not use top soil before seeding, left 3 ft deep hole at the point of entry into our house causing large pool of water against the wall. I contacted Vito, wrote a letter, when they told me that a landscaping contractor will visit. Landscaping contractor never visited on three promised dates. I had to backfill the big hole to avoid potential seepage of water into the basement, even out the area. I had to also remove huge number of gravels and a number of big rocks that they left on the ground surface. I had to apply seeds and weed killer on the backfilled area. Payment was made in 3 installments. The 1st two payments were charged to my credit with my permission, leaving final $1,000 for backfilling operation. Vito charged the last $1,000 without my approval, while the work was not completed to our satisfaction.
Desired Settlement: Refund $1,000 that was charged to my credit card without my permission for the work that was not completed to our satisfaction.
Business Response: Good morning.
I personally spoke with *** ***** yesterday (June 25, 2015) regarding his concerns. We have a very nice conversation and have agreed to credit him $500 for his landscaping.
*** *****'s issue was not with the work performed but with the back filling once completed. *** **** was very complimentary of the team that performed the job, which is always nice to hear. The job commenced in February and the ground was very cold with lots of snow. We did the best we could backfilling after the job completed and actually returned on April 7th (almost a month after completion) with (2) two technicians. They spent 3 hours (6 hours total) leveling out the area and placing straw and seed. A few weeks later *** ***** called in requesting additional work on the yard. Since we are not professional landscapers we contacted a landscaping company to perform the work. In essence, we were attempting to subcontract this out at our expense. Unfortunately, the landscaping company scheduled on 3 separate occasions. Last Saturday, June 20th was the 3rd appointment in which he did not post. *** ***** frustrated wrote complaint to BBB and then called our office to report the missed appointment. We attempted to reschedule but *** ***** had already taken care the off the issue and requested $1,000 credit. As of yesterday, June 25, 2015 we mutually agreed that a $500 would be issued to *** *****. We are processing the credit today, June 26, 2015 and *** ***** should receive early next week.
Thank you for allowing us to properly respond and glad we were able to resolve amicably. Should there be anything else regarding this matter please do not hesitate to let me know.
|11/3/2014||Billing/Collection Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable|
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Complaint: I called this company to repair my boiler. A man came to look at the boiler and charged me $90 without doing anything. He did not give me an estimate and did not answer my questions. He said that somebody would come later for the estimate, but no one came. I made another appointment, however, no one came on that day either. I called the supervisor of the company. He said he is not responsible for this matter, and he hung up the phone without further explanation. They took my $90 without giving me an estimate or repairing the boiler.
Desired Settlement: Refund my money that I paid.
This matter was resolved. We mailed a $90 refund check to *** ******’s home address on September 29, 2014. Don’t believe we did anything wrong, as he stated in is complaint. The attached work order was signed and sent to *** ****** the day of service. Why would he sign and pay the $90 if he was unsatisfied? In fact, we offer free estimates for new systems so there would not of been an additional charge. The $90 was the diagnosis / trip charge that would have been explained to him on the phone when booking and then the Technician when payment was made.
We simply returned his money as a good faith gesture and has an attempt to reduce everyone’s aggravation.
Please let me know if you need anything further regarding this matter.
|3/19/2014||Problems with Product/Service|