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ARS Rescue Rooter

Posted on: 5/15/2013

Do not use Universal!!

Please do not use Universal Heating and Air! They are overpriced and will recommend service that does not need to be done. In January we had Universal out for general maintenace as we hadn't had the unit checked in a while although it was working fine. They decided they need to replace a part which I had them do. (Sorry I can't remember what they replaced). However the heating unit stopped working 3 times after that and we had to have them come out and replace this part twice as what they had put in "went bad". The third time they came out they now said we needed a new gas valve and control board so we should just replace the unit. Had Reliable come out for a second opinion and all we needed was the gas valve for a few hundred - did not need to replace the unit. Then had Universal out this spring as we'd already paid for a service contract. On our basement heat pump the repairman stated we had a freon leak and the contacter needed to be replaced. The repairman pointed out a crack - said that's probably your leak - may want to replace this unit with all these repairs. Again, had Reliable out for a second opinion on these repairs and for $125 had the freon leak fixed in the valve stem. The supposed crack the Reliable Tech just shook his head and said that would have nothing to do with a freon leack. He just cleaned the contacter, nothing wrong with it. So buyer beware and make sure you get a second opinion if Universal recommends repairs or replacing a unit!!

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