ARS was never owned by service experts. Servicemaster Owned ARS from 2000 till aobut Oct 2006. Then ARS went private and is owned by Capitol private investors.
ARS and home depot do have a very good relationship. I dont know the long term plans. But ARS and home depot working together Gives each some benefits. Marketing for ARS and Better financing offerings that ARS can give to the consumer.
ARS/Rescue Rooter- Heating, Air conditioning and Plumbing+Drain Cleaning.
ARS of Orlando is under completely new management. Give them a try. Great folks there.
Hopes this helps clear up a few items