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    Great, Dateline is at it again

    Tonight at 7pm, Dateline will be exposing the the hacks once again.

    The guide doesn't say where they were this time?
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    Doesn't NBC have any more trucks to blow up?
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    Its on at 8PM in Arizona. As I understand its an expanded version of there last broadcast.
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    They ought to investigate ABC News. Plenty of hacks over there.
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    Who has a link to the piece. I would really enjoy watching but alas I missed it.
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    They need to run as many sting operations as needed to weed out the hacks and criminals out of the bussiness.

    One large company in Houston (JM) cant hire legitimate techs so now they've moved on to hiring West African Nationals on work visas to run "service calls".

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    I agree with six . This is a good thing that they are doing.
    identifying these crooks trying to rip off people. What if these people were your family members that were being treated like this? What a shame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cobitech View Post
    I agree with six . This is a good thing that they are doing.
    identifying these crooks trying to rip off people. What if these people were your family members that were being treated like this? What a shame.

    well to begin with any repair to any of my families equipment will go through me. I have family in about 10 different states, and they all call me.......imagine that?

    The only ones that get the 400 mile service call discount are my parents LOL
    LOVE has four letters

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    Apparently all of the contractors selected for the first segment had received an F from the BBB. There was an article in The News about it with the ACCA members who were present during the making of the expose. So Date Line really had no interest in anything but making the HVAC field look bad. At the same time it is an opportunity to emphisize the importance of selecting a good contractor but it still stings.

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    I am beginning to wonder though. Did an install last year, 5 ton package. Didn't get the service contract as the owners high school buddy has a very large service company. One of his techs tells the owner he has a leak and there is "excessive" oil in the unit. Quote is $2600 to leak check, fixing the leak was extra.
    Owner relizes he still has a waranty with us. We go down, pressures are perfect and "excessive" oil was from when we attached the low ambient to the schrader valve. I never would have beleived this guy would run this type of operation. He has over 100 techs. Not a small fly by night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    I am beginning to wonder though. Did an install last year, 5 ton package. Didn't get the service contract as the owners high school buddy has a very large service company. One of his techs tells the owner he has a leak and there is "excessive" oil in the unit. Quote is $2600 to leak check, fixing the leak was extra.
    Owner relizes he still has a waranty with us. We go down, pressures are perfect and "excessive" oil was from when we attached the low ambient to the schrader valve. I never would have beleived this guy would run this type of operation. He has over 100 techs. Not a small fly by night.
    I find the bigger the company the more crooked they are. Someone has to pay for all that over head. I can't even count how many times my company has come behind a Big HVAC company that told he customer BIG$ and we find a bad Run,cap or loose wire. My favorite is when they say the unit is shot need a whole new one then we get it going for $$$ instead $$$$. We like to keep the customers calling back not make big $ and run

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    I am beginning to wonder though. Did an install last year, 5 ton package. Didn't get the service contract as the owners high school buddy has a very large service company. One of his techs tells the owner he has a leak and there is "excessive" oil in the unit. Quote is $2600 to leak check, fixing the leak was extra.
    Owner relizes he still has a waranty with us. We go down, pressures are perfect and "excessive" oil was from when we attached the low ambient to the schrader valve. I never would have beleived this guy would run this type of operation. He has over 100 techs. Not a small fly by night.
    Quote Originally Posted by OldSchoolMech View Post
    I find the bigger the company the more crooked they are. Someone has to pay for all that over head. I can't even count how many times my company has come behind a Big HVAC company that told he customer BIG$ and we find a bad Run,cap or loose wire. My favorite is when they say the unit is shot need a whole new one then we get it going for $$$ instead $$$$. We like to keep the customers calling back not make big $ and run
    where bigger companies get in trouble is when they change their business model to a commission base for their service tech's. They can reduce payroll (reduce wages) but the service tech actually makes more money.

    Every time a service tech sells a part, they get a "piece of the ticket". The problem for the service tech becomes the Moral dilemma. Does the service tech need to make a Car payment? Can he "bone" the customer for more money for any particular part, to "pad" the ticket?

    The company assumes the tech will do the right thing and only charge for a proper repair and not "make stuff up"

    This is where the rest of us come along and say "what a crap job the big guys did"
    LOVE has four letters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbon View Post
    I am beginning to wonder though. Did an install last year, 5 ton package. Didn't get the service contract as the owners high school buddy has a very large service company. One of his techs tells the owner he has a leak and there is "excessive" oil in the unit. Quote is $2600 to leak check, fixing the leak was extra.
    Owner relizes he still has a waranty with us. We go down, pressures are perfect and "excessive" oil was from when we attached the low ambient to the schrader valve. I never would have beleived this guy would run this type of operation. He has over 100 techs. Not a small fly by night.
    I went behind one of the large companies in our area on a water heater, no heat call. I put a new pilot assembly on it for the cost of the part and an hour's labor. On the way out the door, the customer told me what the large company wanted to fix: new gas valve, pilot and burner at a cost that was DOUBLE what my company would charge to completely replace the whole water heater.

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