I made an earlier post about how Rheem Canada and Hillcrest plumbing really screwed me over. It was one of the highest read blog posts I have made. What surprised me was the exact number of people who seemed to have similar experiences working with one or both of these companies. A spokesman for Rheem Canada actually offered me $150 to settle. What a laugh! $150 to stifle the truth that Rheem Canada and Hillcrest Plumbing are ripping off consumers? No way! I will not compromise.
The latest victim writes in:
"Just had our Rheem tank go too! It was installed in August,2003 by
Hillcrest. They now equip gas water heaters to an FVIR code.
The FVIR (Flammable Vapour Ignition Resistant)notice was out in July of 2003.
Seems Hillcrest was selling off their old stock! Called them about the warranty, they said it would cost $290.00 for labour (high, but fair enough) but they also wanted an "Upcharge Fee" of $250.00, plus a $65.00 permit fee(for which they didn't charge for 4 years ago).
Rheem charges $90.00 for the Upcharge, so Hillcrest is making another $160.00 by passing it to the consumer!
(or Google FVIR/NRCan )
The FVIR is useless regulatory bullshit, as most gas hot water heaters are located next to the gas central heater, which have no flame arrestors anyway!!:"
Yes, Virginia - Rheem and Hillcrest are apparently thieves. Spread the word - put them out of business. Sue them!!!
You, I and others all have other choices. Use them. If we collectively put these liars out of business, perhaps the other companies will have more respect for consumers in the future.
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